Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Aug 31, 2011
    Rockford is back and ready to collect more diamonds than ever. With an emphasis on unique modes, this updated classic is dressed to impress. Boulder Dash-XL has enough original content to bring in a whole new generation of spelunkers. This is one cave worth exploring!
  2. Aug 12, 2011
    Boulder Dash-XL does a good job of convincing its audience that the original idea can still hold up today. The core gameplay is simple but addicting, and the multitude of levels with varying difficulty make it tough to put down once you pick up the controller.
  3. Jul 28, 2011
    While not a full-blown current generation reboot, Boulder Dash-XL is an enjoyable ride that's well worth your time. A cute game with plenty of content and puzzles to explore, this is a title that proves once again that solid gameplay is timeless.
  4. Jul 27, 2011
    Below its apparent simplicity and nostalgic, even archaic style, lies a game that offers constant challenges.
  5. Jul 27, 2011
    Catnip has done a fantastic job taking the original Boulder Dash into a new freshly-made title that looks superb on XBLA. Perfect fit for those looking for a great challenge.
  6. Jul 25, 2011
    Boulder Dash XL is highly recommended for anybody who likes their arcade games with a puzzle element, young or old alike.
  7. Jul 15, 2011
    Despite the initial audio-visual horror, Boulder Dash XL ends up being far greater than the sum of its parts. This is one ugly ducking you won't be ashamed to spend time with.
  8. Jul 15, 2011
    Simple and fun. It can be extremely challenging, though I never felt cheated during my diamond-collecting career. There's plenty to do and high scores to earn, but the visuals and sound don't deliver on the same level as the gameplay.
  9. Aug 4, 2011
    With a colorful graphic update, five game modes and 150 maps to choose from, it's a good entertainment value...that is, if you're patient enough to accept the old school standards of difficulty and level replay.
  10. Aug 3, 2011
    Boulder Dash XL is a very fun simple yet fun game and extremely addictive for those of you who love to keep improving your scores and getting higher and higher on the leaderboards. With a price tag of 800 Microsoft Points, it is definitely worth the cash and will last you a good amount of hours.
  11. Jul 27, 2011
    The end result is the same as it ever was, delivering a mediocre looking game tacked onto fun and addictive game play. If you enjoy head scratchers, you could do much worse than this old diamond mining gem...yes pun intended.
  12. Jul 26, 2011
    Despite some annoyances, Boulder Dash-XL certainly gives you value for your money. With 150 different and completely new caves, you can get many hours of enjoyment for a low price. Boulder Dash-XL takes you back to the class of its predecessors! However, some of the new game modes can be boring and seem unnecessary.
  13. Jul 21, 2011
    If there is anywhere that the game shines, it's in play value. 150 levels is nothing to scoff at.
  14. 70
    Frustrating at times but mostly enjoyable, and the content to price ratio is hard to argue with.
  15. Aug 11, 2011
    It just lacks that bit of variety and any sort of multiplayer that would push it right into recommended territory.
  16. Jul 27, 2011
    With access to online leaderboards and some great puzzles thrown into the mix, Boulder Dash-XL makes a welcome return to the XBox 360. The only issue with the game is that the new graphics seem a little complex as opposed to the original game.
  17. Jul 24, 2011
    It's a simple game, reminiscent of a simpler time. Minus the quarters.
  18. Jul 19, 2011
    Boulder Dash-XL offers up plenty of diamond-mining action, but not all of it is up to the standard set by the original game in the '80s.
  19. 50
    Unfortunately, the lack of intuitive physics is the real killer.
  20. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Sep 19, 2011
    Couldn't feel much more dated if it tried. [Issue#76, p.102]
  21. Jul 25, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
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  1. Jul 19, 2011
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