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  Xbox LIVE Arcade Release Date Announced for Boulder Dash®-XL™
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06/27/2011
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

BoulderDash’stricky puzzle and dexterity-based gameplay made its debut in the early 80s and continues to entertain its enormous fan base and new players. The game is recognized as one of the best-loved retro games in the history of computer and video gaming. Now  Boulder Dash®-XL™ brings this classic back with a hot new look that will take the Xbox LIVE ® Arcade and Windows PC platforms by storm. The game’s core remains unchanged: in a race against time players must collect sparkling diamonds while besting hordes of enemies, avoiding numerous traps, and keeping an eye out for falling boulders! 

 As well as ‘Arcade’, ‘Retro’ and ‘Zen’ modes  Boulder Dash®-XL™ will feature two all new game modes both with a fresh take on the classic Boulder Dash® formula: Puzzle Mode offers a quirky, cerebral challenge and Score Attack requires quick reflexes to skyrocket players’ high scores.   Boulder Dash®-XL™ also introduces a number of exciting new gameplay elements, such as a telescopic arm, speed-ups, heavy boulders and teleporters as well as several new enemies, all featuring unique behaviour, to create an array of diversified and challenging gameplay scenarios. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite then how about the ability to pan/scroll the playfield while paused, a 3D gaming environment, particle effects, dynamic lighting and over 7 times the amount of caves as the 1984 original release! Players can also choose their hero and play as either Rockford™ or his female counterpart, Crystal™.

For more information about  Boulder Dash®-XL™, please visit  www.boulder-dash-xl.com

Features of  Boulder Dash®-XL™ include:

• An updated HD look and feel, featuring 720p graphics

• 4new game modes: ”Puzzle”, “Zen”, Time Challenge” and “Retro” in addition to “Arcade”

• Retro Mode’s  25 new Caves use 3D interpretations of the original bitmap graphics from 1984

• New scoring mechanism adding new excitement and challenges for High Score hunters

• Four beautiful and varied game worlds

• Over 150 all-new Caves to explore while battling monsters and grabbing gems

• Online Ranking Lists / Leaderboards

• Achievements support

 

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For more information please contact:

Mark Allen

Head of PR, Kalypso Media UK

E:  [email protected]

Kayleigh Brodie

PR and Marketing Assistant, Kalypso Media UK

E:  [email protected]

About The Kalypso Media Group

Founded in 2006 in Germany by industry veterans Simon Hellwig and Stefan Marcinek, Kalypso Media is a global, independent developer, marketer and publisher of interactive entertainment software that employs nearly 100 video game industry experts world-wide.

Along with Headquarters in Worms, Germany, the company has offices in the United Kingdom and the United States.  Kalypso Media also enjoys very strong global digital distribution through its Kalypso Media Digital Ltd. subsidiary, and owns three development studios – Realmforge Studios GmbH, Gaming Minds Studios GmbH and Noumena Studios GmbH -- and works with multiple leading independent developers.

Kalypso Media recently released the critically acclaimed best-seller Tropico 3 for Xbox 360 and PC, and Dungeons for Windows PC. Upcoming titles include The First Templar, Tropico 4 and Jagged Alliance: Back in Action. Further information about Kalypso Media is available at  http://www.kalypsomedia.com.

About First Star Software, Inc.:

Founded in 1982, First Star Software, Inc. develops, licenses and publishes games across all platforms including cell-phones, SmartPhones, hand-held devices, home computers and next generation consoles. A privately held corporation, First Star Software’s titles are distributed extensively worldwide. For more information please visit  http://www.firststarsoftware.com

About Boulder Dash®:

First published by First Star Software, Inc. in 1984, BOULDER DASH® became an instant “classic”, action-puzzler with its addictive combination of action-packed gameplay and strategic thinking. Released four times into the coin-operated arcades, on numerous home computers, videogame consoles, handheld devices and more recently, mobile devices … 25 plus years  and millions of units later it still brings back magical memories and puts a smile on gamers’ faces all over the world while attracting new fans of all ages.

About Catnip Games:

Though as a company, Catnip Games is young, the core team has been working together for more than 10 years and has an extensive Track Record of more than 30 released games for PC, GameBoy Advance, PlayStation One, Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable, working with reknown brands such as Moorhuhn, Catan, Die Siedler (The Settlers) & Boulder Dash®.

Many of the team members assigned to Boulder Dash®-XL™ for Xbox Live Arcade are long-time fans of Boulder Dash®; further, they are very familiar with the game as they have been responsible for the development of Boulder Dash®-ROCKS!™ on both the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox LIVE are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

Boulder Dash® is a registered trademark of First Star Software, Inc. The name and likenesses of Rockford™ and Crystal™ and Boulder Dash®-XL™ are trademarks of First Star Software, Inc.. Copyright © 1984-2011 First Star Software, Inc.. All rights reserved.