Two classics from the 80s, the classic Boulder Dash® video game and the retro THEC64® Mini, join forces
Boulder Dash®, the world-famous video game from 1984, is to be supplied pre-installed in its original version on THEC64® Mini, the re-born retro computer based on the original C64 from 1982 that connects to any modern HD TV
Munich, Germany – January 31st, 2018 – Retro Games Ltd. and BBG Entertainment GmbH, a leading producer and publisher of digital entertainment and therapeutic software, announced today the marrying of two classics. BBG Entertainment’s reincarnation of Boulder Dash® in its original version from 1984 is now being pre-installed on Retro Games’ THEC64® Mini; a compact, modern take on the classic home computer system that first appeared in 1982, connecting directly to any modern HD TV.
A classic game and a retro home computer platform finally join forces again. Boulder Dash® is currently 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® in its Boulder Dash®-30th Anniversary™ version. Boulder Dash is also going back to its roots, being pre-installed in its original 1984 version as one of 64 retro-classic games supplied on THEC64® Mini, developed by Retro Games Ltd.
“We are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to bring back some of the best and most popular retro-games, loved by their fans, back to life.” says Paul Andrews, Managing Director of Retro Games Ltd. “THEC64 Mini home computer is a compact, modern take on the classic home computer system that first appeared in 1982 and is the first product of a range to be launched.” Stephan Berendsen, President of BBG Entertainment GmbH adds: “Retro Games and BBG have brought back together a classic pairing dating back to 1984 – the C64 and Boulder Dash®. We are delighted to be offering this unique set-up to all retro-game fans across the globe. It is a great feeling, and accomplishment, to combine today’s technology with nostalgia.”
The original Boulder Dash® was first launched in 1984 and is a pioneering game dating back to the early days of the home computer and video game era. Boulder Dash® and its many sequels have delighted and challenged casual and hard-core players of all ages 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®. 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 reaching 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. Boulder Dash® was first published by First Star Software, Inc. in 1984 on the C64, Apple II and Atari 4/800. Boulder Dash® has routinely found itself being ranked among the top most rated C64 games. In the USA, C64 Wiki ranked Boulder Dash® as the number 4 of all C64 games, in Europe it earned rank 31 on Lemon 64, rank 14 for all time C64 games at The C64 Games and was includes in the top 30 by c’t Magazin in Germany.
TheC64® Mini is the rebirth of the World’s best-selling Home Computer and is being distributed by Koch Media. It is a mini version of that original home computer and comes with a joystick and 64 fully licensed classic games. It connects directly to any modern HD TV. Launched in 1982, the C64 home computer went on to dominate the home computer scene throughout the 1980s. Millions of units were sold across the world and have a special place in the hearts of its former owners. 35 years later and it’s back. THEC64® Mini plugs into any modern TV via its HDMI port and gamers can play any one of the 64 licensed classic pre-installed games. This includes games from original legendary developers such as Epyx, Gremlin Graphics, Hewson and The Bitmap Brothers; and boasting titles such as California Games, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, Paradroid and Impossible Mission. Most of these were rated over 90% by leading publications of the day, with many winning coveted awards. From sports to shooters, platformers to puzzlers, there’s a plethora of titles to keep the most discerning retro enthusiast happy. First in the range to be released will be THEC64® Mini. As befits a home computer you can also plug in a standard USB keyboard and use as a classic C64 to type in those old BASIC computer listings or program new games. THEC64® Mini will hit the shops in 2018 with a suggested retail price of £69.99/$69.99/€79.99 and will be followed by other models later.
About BBG Entertainment GmbH
BBG Entertainment is a games developer and publisher headquartered in Munich, Germany. The founder and staff of BBG Entertainment have years of experience in the market for computer and mobile games, especially in the area of retro and casual gaming, and excellent contact with many renowned gaming companies for well over 20 years. BBG Entertainment offers games like Dynablaster™ and Einstein™ Brain Trainer. The year 2014 with the launch of MyBrainTraining™ Professional, an app- und browser-based cognitive training that enables use in tele-therapeutic settings, marked the change to the company focusing more on the development of therapeutic products. For more information about all BBG Entertainment products please visit www.bbg-entertainment.com.
About Retro Games Ltd.
Retro Games Ltd is made up of people with a combined games industry experience of over 100 years. Having successfully produced and released many games across many formats, such the C64, Spectrum, GBA, Wii and more. Members of the team also successfully brought to market the C64DTV direct to TV C64 games console, and Nintendo Wii C64 games. Based in the UK but operating on a global basis. www.thec64.com
About Koch Media
Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and films). The company’s own publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe and the USA. The Koch Media group has more than 19 years of experience in the digital media business, and has risen to become the number one distributor in Europe. It has also formed strategic alliances with numerous games and software publishers: Bethesda, Capcom, Kaspersky Labs, NC SOFT, Sega, Square Enix and Tecmo-Koei, etc. in various European countries. With Headquarters in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Nordic regions, Benelux and the United States. www.kochmedia.com