United Kingdom– 25th March 2009– Chillingo Ltd, Europe’s premier iPhone publisher and First Star Software, Inc. have announced today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco that they have signed a worldwide deal to co-publish the iPhone and iPod Touch version of the original game in the multi-million unit selling Boulder Dash? series. Boulder Dash? for iPhone and iPod Touch contains all 80 caves (levels) of the original cult classic as well as the 4 original bonus caves.
Now celebrating its 25th year anniversary, this world-renowned tricky puzzle and dexterity game first made its debut in the early 80s across several personal computer platforms, including Atari, Commodore 64 and DOS. It is one of the few gaming titles to be ported from a personal computer game to a coin-operated arcade game, four different times in fact, and still enjoys a large loyal fan base today. The hit game’s principle remains: players have to collect sparkling diamonds whilst avoiding numerous traps and enemies, all the while watching out for falling boulders, in a race against time.
“We are very honoured to be adding one of the classic brands in gaming history to our product catalogue. Working on the Boulder Dash? franchise is an exciting challenge.” says Chris Byatte, Managing Director and co-Founder for Chillingo. He added:“We are looking forward to working with First Star Software to launching this great title on the iPhone”. Chillingo are the publishers of successful iPhone titles including the award winning Zen Bound™ that has won mutilple awards in the recent Independent Games Festival (IGF) Mobile 2009 and the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA). Other No.1 Chart toppers include“iDracula– Undead Awakening” which recently raced up the App Store charts days after its release.
First Star Software’s president, Richard M. Spitalny said,“We are particularly excited about working with Chillingo in making Boulder Dash? available across all Apple App Stores worldwide. We have re-engineered Boulder Dash? for iPhone and iPod Touch from the ground up to make use of multi-touch;‘pinch’ zoom; the ability to switch between portrait and landscape modes on the fly; and other features of the iPhone, whilst retaining the playability and spirit of the original game.” The game will debut early in Q2 of 2009.
Chillingo Ltd is the premier iPhone publisher in Europe for innovative games and software for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
About First Star Software
First Star 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.