Review Boulder Dash®-30th Anniversary
Solid reinvention of old platformer
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 20 Apr 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Fun gameplay, good controls
Just another platformer
Boulder Dash - 30th Anniversary is a remake of the 1984 classic, for Android. It is a platforming game with a twist. In some ways it feels like the game Spleunky, because you are mining underground and the graphical style and design is very reminiscent of that game. It has a cartoony vibe to it and the main character is small with a big miner head. In other ways, and in terms of how it actually plays, it just feels like a simple platformer where you collect gems with some additional quirks along the way. I think that was very different in the 80’s, and definitely paved the way for platforming since. However, the game still feels fresh even if the art style doesn’t feel as creative or endearing as it might try to. The main character looks a little campy, and the way he floats around seems a little dumb.
Movement in the game works in an interesting manner, and for the most part, it works well. In platforming games, good movement is highly important. In this game, you slide to move through dirt in a up or down direction, or side to side. The main goal in the game is to collect gems in order to leave through the exit door. Some gems are clustered together, and some paths force you to avoid dangerous rocks that fall on you after a certain time. These rocks are fun to avoid and I found the gameplay pretty smooth, if linear at times due to the nature of the game.
There is a lot of content to be had in the game, and the model seems decent. There aren’t any ads that get in the way, and while there are microtransactions, I think its a fair addition to a game that comes as free. The game doesn’t feel based around microtransactions like most base builders do or other games whose gameplay is just a rehashed version.
Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary is a fine game that has great gameplay and muddled graphics. There's a variety of power ups within the game to spice things up, and many different level designs to keep you busy.