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Boulder Dash manual

Boulder Dash (R)

There are 16 CAVES, each compromised of several scrolling
screens. Each CAVE has 5 Difficulty levels. To select a
different CAVE, press the arrow keys (or move the joystick)
left or right when you are in the menu screen. To select a
different DIFFICULTY level, go to the menu screen and press
arrow keys (or move the joystick up or down). The greater
the difficulty level, the less time and the more jewels you
have to collect. You may choose CAVE 1,5,9, or 13 on
difficulty levels 1-3. On difficulty levels 4 and 5, you
must start with cave 1.

In each cave you will find different obstacles (boulders,
walls, etc.) and possibly enemy creatures you will need to
avoid or trap while collecting or creating diamonds.

To start the game after you've made all your selections,
press the Left Control Key Or Joystick FIRE BUTTON. Pause
at any point in the game by pressing the SPACE BAR. Restart
the game by pressing the SPACE BAR again. You will start
with 3 lives, and receive an extra life with every 500
points you earn.

Rockford(TM)- Rockford can Dig/Collect/Push without moving
by Keeping the Left Control Key (or Joystick Button)
depressed and using an Arrow Key (or moving the Joystick)
in the direction of the object (diamond, boulder or dirt)
you wish to affect. 

Boulders- You will often find yourself digging or moving
downwards only to find that a boulder has toppled and is
about to fall and hit you. The only way to avoind being
crushed is to get out of the way. Rockford runs as fast as
a boulder falls, so you have time to quickly move left or

Exit- When Rockford has collected the required amount of
Jewels for the CAVE he is in, the exit is revealed. At this
time you should decide whether to go for bonus jewels or
to exit. Make sure you know the location of the Exit and
that you can get to it before time runs out.

Enemies- Fireflies and Butterflies are deadly if touched.
They move in pretictable patterns, they do not attack.

Enemies- Fireflies and Butterflies are deadly if touched.
They move in predictable patterns, they do not attack.

Amoebas-  This green blob bubbles and grows and will turn
into boulders if its path is not blocked. It can be
contained by walls, boulders, diamonds and Rockord. 

Enchanted Walls- They look like any other wall, however
when hit by a falling boulder it begins to vibrate for a
limited time. During this period any boulders that drop
through it are magically turned to Jewels, but only if
there is empty space below the wall. It will also turn
Jewels into boulders if they drop through it. Once the
enchantment phase is complete it cannot be reactivated in
the same round.

At the top of the screen is a bar with numbers. The numbers
stand for the following information (left to right):

The number of diamonds you are required to collect in the
current cave in order to exit.
-The value of each single diamond.
-The number of diamonds you have collected so far.
-The time you have remaining to complete the cave.
-The total points you have accumulated.

-Each diamond you collect.
-Every second you have left on the timer when you exit the
-Every diamond you collect above the minimum number of
diamonds required to exit (bonus points).

1. Intro. Pickup Jewels and exit before time is up.
2. Rooms. Pick up Jewels, but you must move boulders to
get jewels.
3. Maze. Pickup Jewels. You must get every one to exit.
4. Butterflies. Drop boulders on Butterflies to create 
9 Jewels.
5. Guards. Jewels are there for the grabbing but guarded by
deadly Fireflies.
6. Firefly Dens. Each Firefly is guarding a Jewel.
7. Amoeba. Surround the Amoeba with boulders, so it can't
grow anymore. Pickup Jewels created when it suffocates. You
can use Rockford to block the Amoeba's growth.
8. Enchanted Wall. Activate the Enchanted wall, by dropping
a boulder on to it, and create as many Jewels as you can.
9. Greed. You have to get a lot of Jewels here, lucky 
there are so many.
10. Tracks. Get the Jewels, avoid the fireflies.
11. Crowd. You must move a lot of boulders around in some
tight places.
12. Walls. You must blast through walls to get at some 
of the Jewels. Drop a boulder on a Firefly at the right
time and place to do this.
13. Apocalypse. Bring the Butterflies and the Amoeba 
together and watch the chain reaction as Jewels are created.
14. Zigzag. Magically transform the Butterflies into Jewels,
but don't waste any boulders and watch out for Fireflies.
15. Funnel. There is an Enchanted Wall at the bottom of the
rock funnel.
16. Enchanted Boxes. The top of each square room is an 
enchanted wall, but you'll have to blast your way inside.

-Use Arrow Keys to move Rockford Up, Down, Left Or Right.
-Left Control Key (depressed) + Arrow Key to 
F1 Reset
Left Control To Start Game
-Hold Down ALT & Press F4 To Exit Game
-Hold Down ALT & Press ENTER To Toggle Full Screen

To use a Joystick or gamepad installed on your PC follow
these easy steps:
1) From the game play console, Click Settings in the menu
bar, right next to help.
2) Next click on Joystick Settings.
3) Choose Joystick In Port #1 drop down menu and select
the PC joystick you want to use.
4) Select the same PC Joystick for the Joystick in Port #2