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Boulder Dash - Arcade Web Edition

First Star Software's 25-year-old rock dodger now available in free-to-play browser form.

Paris, France – 2009, July 28th

As part of First Star Software’s celebration of 2009 as the 25th Anniversary of Boulder Dash®, DotEmu and First Star Software, Inc. are proud to announce the launch of the first free, Ad-supported, Boulder Dash game now available at :

Since its initial release, in 1984, there have been four versions of Boulder Dash released into the coin-operated arcades. Ported by DotEmu and Co-published by First Star Software, Inc. this Arcade version is the best known, most popular of them all!

In each of the 24 levels, as you play in all 6 worlds, you must clear a path and collect the number of diamonds required in order to open the exit. Along the way, you'll encounter boulders, brick walls, magic walls, the growing amoeba, numerous enemies and much more. Boulder Dash®-Arcade Web Edition™ is playable with the keyboard; but also, with the mouse, improving original gameplay and broaden the appeal to more casual players who are used to a ‘mouse-only’ interface.

«Several millions of units have been sold in the Boulder Dash series, and we are very happy to have the opportunity to make this classic available again, and for the first time, on the Internet. In addition, the casual game play will be enjoyed by both retro-gamers as well as news players.», Xavier Liard, DotEmu CEO.

«We’re very excited to be working with DotEmu as we prepare to launch several Ad supported, ‘free-to-play’ titles, including Boulder Dash-Arcade Web Edition and others in the Boulder Dash series. We see these free, browser versions of Boulder Dash as yet another way to feature the brand and to support the recent release of new games in the series, on SmartPhones; for Windows and Mac, etc.» added Richard M. Spitalny, First Star Software’ President.

Boulder Dash fans, new and old, can also discover the new online apparel and gift store, just launched this week at which is accessible directly from the Boulder Dash-Arcade Web Edition.

About DotEmu: DotEmu is a leading technology provider for emulation and fast porting solutions giving new life to old video games on today's devices: Internet (Java/Flash), iPhone/Smartphones and PC. DotEmu runs community websites such as with over 4 000 000 games played a month on its network. DotEmu manages over 50 titles and provides services and technologies to customers in Europe, USA and Japan. More information on

About First Star Software, Inc.: First Star Software, Inc. has been developing, publishing and licensing entertainment software since 1982, having created numerous best selling and award winning computer titles including Boulder Dash® and the Spy vs. Spy® series of games. Boulder Dash® is a registered trademark of First Star Software, Inc. Copyright © 1984, 2009. All rights reserved.

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