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Published on July 13th, 2011 | by Cameron Woolsey

Boulder Dash XL Now Available on XBLA

Today Kalypso Media announced the release of Boulder Dash XL for Xbox LIVE Arcade. The game is a complete HD re-imagining of the original Boulder Dash which came out back in 1984 for Commodore 64 and other systems. There are five different game modes to play. Celebrating its retro roots, the game also comes with “Retro Mode” which replicates the look, feel and even sound of the 1984 original.

From the press release:

Features of Retro Mode:

  • 25 Caves, following the design guidelines of the original game
  • Caves created solely using the game elements featured in the classic
  • All the classic enemies are there, behaving exactly how they did in 1984
  • Glorious 8bit-Soundtrack
  • Original graphics and characters rendered in real-time 3D
  • Features of Boulder Dash-XL include:

  • An updated HD look and feel, featuring 720p graphics
  • 4new game modes: ”Puzzle”, “Zen”, Time Challenge” and “Retro” in addition to “Arcade”
  • Retro Mode’s 25 new Caves use 3D interpretations of the original bitmap graphics from 1984
  • New scoring mechanism adding new excitement and challenges for High Score hunters
  • Four beautiful and varied game worlds
  • Over 150 all-new Caves to explore while battling monsters and grabbing gems
  • Online Ranking Lists / Leaderboards
  • Achievements support
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