Boulder Dash ® - XL ™ Now Available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade!
Company: Kalypso Media
Bracknell, UK – 13 July 2011 – Great news for all Boulder Dash® and all puzzle fans around the world as Kalypso Media and First Star Software, Inc. have today announced that Boulder Dash®-XL™ is now available on XBOX Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft Live® Arcade. The game, which brings a classic game into the modern HD-era, is available for 800 Microsoft Points. A Windows PC version is scheduled for release later in thethis summer. Boulder Dash®-XL™ The game was developed by Catnip Games along with First Star Software Inc.

The game features 5 different game modes and pays tribute to all Boulder Dash® fans with its “Retro Mode”, which carefully replicates the look and feel of the original Boulder Dash®, released on Home Computers in 1984. Retro Modes utilizes only the gameplay elements featured in the original and the behavior of enemies inhabiting the caves is exactly as it was back then. Also, level designs follow the same patterns and rules of the classic Boulder Dash® to make fans feel right at home. The original graphics and characters have been brought to life in real-time 3D, resulting in a unique look. Music and sound effects have been created using 8bit-Samples to underline the heritage of this Retro Gaming Classic.

New screenshots for Boulder Dash®-XL™ can be downloaded from here.

Features of Retro Mode:

25 Caves, following the design guidelines of the original game
Caves created solely using the game elements featured in the classic
All the classic enemies are there, behaving exactly how they did in 1984
Glorious 8bit-Soundtrack
Original graphics and characters rendered in real-time 3D

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. 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!

For more information about Boulder Dash®-XL™, please visit www.boulder-dash-xl.com
Or have a look at the official Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boulder-Dash-XL/125264264222807

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


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.
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