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In the middle 1980's I was a kid of seven or eight years. My uncle had got a brand new commodore 64 computer and my younger brother and I used to play all the exciting games of that times. For me at this time, the world was full of monsters dungeons and dragons hiding in the shadows. It was a fantastic time and I remember myself fighting through all this particularly hard games lost in the 8-Bit worlds that turned into real adventures.

This is a tribute to these times and to two of my favorite games at this time called Boulder Dash (C-64) and Metroid (NES)

Micro Dash is Boulder Dash like game but with a lot of new elements and metroidvania features like tiny story-line, power-ups and a lot of secrets and hidden caves. The graphics and sound is close to the one from the original C-64 Boulder Dash from 1986. Also the game-play is similar to the original. The player controls Nano, who must dig through caves collecting gems and diamonds and reach the exit, while avoiding various types of dangerous creatures as well as falling rocks or get killed by an underground explosion.


Features:

  • Up to four game save slots. Players can use different game slots to play together by player-rotation
  • Six worlds with about 10 to 20 caves per world to eke out plus bonus world
  • Up to six power-ups. Each power-up gives you a unique ability
  • Secrets and hidden rooms that are waiting to be found
  • A lot of new elements like Emeralds, Ghosts and Spiders, Keys, Doors and Portals, Laval, Slime and more
  • Up to six different color themes and six different extra cave themes
  •  Multiple goals such like: 
    • Solve all caves 
    • find all power-ups 
    • find THE lost diamond 
    • find all secrets and opals and unlock the bonus world 
    • make a high score 


Info:

Story-Design....................Andrevv
Programming.....................Andrevv
Graphics........................Andrevv
Color Palette...............Dawnbringer
Music...........Micaela * Garami@fiverr
Testing...........Max:Katja:Andreas:Tim
..............Zwingli:Karl:Tommi:Chrigu
Original.........Peter Liepa:Chris Gray
....................First Star Software

Keyboard Control:

Up.......................W and Arrow UP
Right.................D and Arrow Right
Down...................S and Arrow Down
Left...................A and Arrow Left
Set Bomb......................Right ALT
Select or Grab....................Space
Back or Pause....................Escape

Game-Pad Control (Tested with a 8BitDo SN30 Pro+):

Up...................................Up
Right.............................Right
Down...............................Down
Left...............................Left
Set Bomb..............................A
Select or Grab........................B
Back or Pause....................Select

If something is not running properly on your system, please post it in the comments/forum or send an e-mail.


Have a lot of fun!


Installation:

Unzip the downloaded file wherever you want. Start the file microdash or microdash_demo by double-click.


For windows you can add the including icon.ico file as an app-icon and if you want to run the game from Desktop or anywhere else, create a shortcut by right-click on the exe file and choose Create Shortcut. Drag the shortcut file wherever you want to start the game


For Linux you will find a prepared script named desktopSetup that will create  a microdash.desktop file for you. Just run the desktopSetup script and place the generated microdash.desktop file wherever you want. Double-click for startup.

Download

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Click download now to get access to the following files:

microdash_1_0_linux.zip 34 MB
microdash_1_0_mac.zip 39 MB
microdash_1_1_win.zip 45 MB

Development log

Comments

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Thanks for this great game reminding my childhood. Do you have tips how to finish the level "the blob" ? I don't see how to get the 50 diamonds required to finish the level

Glad that you like the game. You don't know the original Boulder Dash game, do you? The Amoeba has to grow until there is no space left to grow further. Under pressure that Amoeba turn into diamonds. So wait until the Amoeba behind the wall has turned into diamonds, then go for it.

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I played boulder dash when I was about the same age as you (7 or 8 years old), I totally forgot about this specificity, I was breaking the wall too quickly, thanks !

Great game, It reminded my childhood. It is nice that the game has been improved with new things too. I would play it more but setting the bombs on my computer is too hard : One time out of three I set the bomb sets behind me, one time I set it correctly but run away too late...

Thanks, glad that you like the game. Yes, bombs are fast and tricky but with a bit of practice it should be viable.