Boulderdash needed some time. I put a small sellection on the stick. It’s a fab concept but most versions do something wrong (level design, balancing, timer, music, interludes, collision detection … ). Some offer a level editor but, hey, sometimes you just want to play.
I’m fine with everything as long as it gives you a good Boulderdash experience.
The C64 version is clean (also included in the GBA version) but the timers are very strict for today (this is what makes Captain Cowboy such a relaxed experience [apart from a few control issues ]). In a short level, you can use the timer, in a long one, it should be more about the exploration and solving the puzzle of the level design, rather than playing it like 42 times for 5 minutes before your run out of time again (* adapting to a learning curve). Boulderdash II for the Amiga is a good one but it’s too hard, you need to alter the timer (don’t worry, you’ll still die).
Yes, that’s true. I haven’t played the other (and later) versions, so I can’t compare them. I’ve played Emerald Mine but never liked it. But maybe this is again the “the first version I played is the one I most remember” thing.
Emerald Mine’s sounds and controls weren’t good, the gfx was meh and its collision detection was annoying (there was no Jumpman tolerance.) You might want to give the Boulderdash 2 version from Skippy (Amiga) a try. It feels like a nice basis. It lacks reasonable timers and a good building up level design. If you beat the first level, you’ll feel like hero.
Making a game which involves elements from Boulderdash could be worth putting some time into.
With such animations, only a black (or a very discrete) background works (and you want it to be connected to the earth/dirt), otherwise it looks, like the character is flying around in a weird way. Boulderdash 2 on the Amiga could be more forgiving but I like the colours, the butterflies and how the character’s hair is moving when you’re running.
The Nintendo version shows that the timer should be tight or it feels rather useless (utalise it in a better way), but, as Boulderdash 3D for the Amiga illustrates, you can do worse (although the city).
Bomberman also offers a variety of versions. It’s interesting to see how it ‘evolved’ from a great simple idea (like in Dynablaster) to sometimes very unfocused implementations (with lots of annoying sounds). Knights of Bytes did a clone with Bomb Mania too. It’s fun, but I’m also glad, that not every game needs this much attention.
People nowadays seem to underestimate a good couch co-op something that mostly seems to be a thing of the past. But back then we had the SNES and a four controller adapter and with that you could play the 4 player versus mode of Bomber Man 2. We had so much fun.
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