Boulder Dash, is a 2D puzzle video game released
in 1984 by First Star Software for Atari 8-bit
computers. It was created by Canadian developers
Peter Liepa and Chris Gray. The player controls
Rockford, who must dig through caves collecting
gems and diamonds and reach the exit within a time
limit, while avoiding various types of dangerous
creatures as well as falling rocks and the constant
danger of being crushed or trapped by an avalanche,
or killed by an underground explosion.
Boulder Dash was ported to many 8-bit and 16-bit
systems, turned into a coin-operated arcade game,
and followed by multiple sequels and re-releases. It
created what was later labeled the
rocks-and-diamonds genre, influencing games such as
Repton and direct clones such as Emerald Mine.