Boulder Dash®, the world-famous classic interactive game from the early home computer and video game age, is now owned by BBG Entertainment GmbH
The developer of popular brain training apps such as Einstein™ Brain Trainer, of classic video games like DYNABLASTER™, and therapeutic programs such as MyBrainTraining™ acquired all rights to Boulder Dash®, a pioneering video game for all ages and sexes, to complete its portfolio.
First Star Software, Inc. and BBG Entertainment, a leading producer and publisher of digital entertainment and therapeutic products, announced today the acquisition of the Boulder Dash® intellectual property, with all rights pertaining thereto, from First Star Software, Inc.
The original Boulder Dash® is a pioneering interactive game dating back to the early times of the home computer and video game era being first launched in 1984. Boulder Dash® and its many sequels have delighted and challenged casual and hard-core players of all ages and sexes for over three decades. Boulder Dash®-30th Anniversary™ is available for Android™ smartphones and tablet PCs on the Google Play™ store, for the Apple iPhone/iPad on the Apple iTunes App Store℠ and for PC and Mac on Steam®.
The original Boulder Dash® was created by Peter Liepa with Chris Gray and published by First Star Software, Inc. Boulder Dash® is an innovative action-puzzle digging and collection game responsible for launching its own game genre. The game’s protagonist is called “Rockford”. He must dig through caves collecting gems and reach the exit within a time limit, while avoiding various types of dangerous creatures as well as obstacles like falling boulders and the constant danger of being crushed or trapped by an avalanche, or killed by an underground explosion.
Richard M. Spitalny, President of First Star Software, said: “I am thrilled that BBG Entertainment GmbH, with their President Stephan Berendsen, a long-term industry colleague of mine, will be taking care of our famous, multi-million unit selling Boulder Dash® brand. I’m confident they will nurture its legacy from here on. I wish BBG great success and am keen on following the brand’s path under BBG’s ownership.” Stephan Berendsen responded “We are proud to take care of such a famous retro game brand. We will continue working on new versions including new features like Online Multiplayer as well as ports to game consoles like xBox, PS, Switch and more.”
The Early History of Boulder Dash®:
Boulder Dash® was first published by First Star Software, Inc. in 1984 on the C-64, Apple II and Atari 4/800. After the original Boulder Dash®, the second game, BOULDER DASH® – Vol. 2 ‘Rockford’s Revenge’™ was combined with Boulder Dash® and published by Electronic Arts as Super Boulder Dash™ on the C-64, Apple II, IBM-CGA and Atari 4/800 from 1986-1987.
The Boulder Dash® Construction Kit™ was published in North America by EPYX on the C-64, Apple II, IBM-CGA, Atari ST and Atari 4/800 from 1987-1988. It was also licensed for sale throughout the world including Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and Japan on MSX, NEC and various disk and cartridge platforms unique to these territories. In 1990, as a result of a license to JVC and a sub-license to Nintendo, JVC released an NES version of Boulder Dash® in North America and Nintendo published NES and Game Boy versions in Europe with Data East selling the NES version in Japan.
In addition, Boulder Dash®, or its derivatives, have been released four times into the coin-operated arcades: twice by Data East (1985 & 1991), once by EXIDY and once by Mastertronics/Arcadia Systems as Rockford™. Mastertronics also published floppy versions of Rockford™ on C-64, Spectrum, IBM-CGA & EGA, Atari ST and Amiga.
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