Boulder Dash-XL does a good job of convincing its audience that the original idea can still hold up today. The core gameplay is simple but addicting, and the multitude of levels with varying difficulty make it tough to put down once you pick up the controller.
Despite the initial audio-visual horror, Boulder Dash XL ends up being far greater than the sum of its parts. This is one ugly ducking you won't be ashamed to spend time with.
Simple and fun. It can be extremely challenging, though I never felt cheated during my diamond-collecting career. There's plenty to do and high scores to earn, but the visuals and sound don't deliver on the same level as the gameplay.
Despite some annoyances, Boulder Dash-XL certainly gives you value for your money. With 150 different and completely new caves, you can get many hours of enjoyment for a low price. Boulder Dash-XL takes you back to the class of its predecessors! However, some of the new game modes can be boring and seem unnecessary.
With access to online leaderboards and some great puzzles thrown into the mix, Boulder Dash-XL makes a welcome return to the XBox 360. The only issue with the game is that the new graphics seem a little complex as opposed to the original game.
Boulder Dash-XL offers up plenty of diamond-mining action, but not all of it is up to the standard set by the original game in the '80s.//