Gaming on AmigaOS 4.1: Rocks’n’Diamonds (Holger Schemel / Artsoft Entertainment)

Level 3 coming up. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.

Hi there,

Welcome to a new game review here on the Old School Game Blog! 🙂

Today I’ll be having a look at Rocks’n’Diamonds, a game similar to the legendary Boulder Dash, but more advanced after what I have seen while playing.

The game was developed by Holger Schemel and published by Artsoft Entertainment. It was ported to AmigaOS 4 by Capehill. As you can read on the homepage of Artsoft Entertainment, the game is still being developed.

Rocks’n’Diamonds should run on all AmigaOS 4 configurations without problems.

Now, let’s have a look at the game. 🙂

Installation

You can download the game from OS4Depot by click on the link below:

http://os4depot.net/?function=showfile&file=game/puzzle/rnd.lha

With the archive only taking up about 4 MB of space, it’s quick to download.

Screenshot by Old School Game Blog

Installation is pretty straightforward. Navigate to where you downloaded the file, right-click on it, then select “extract to” and choose the destination. Afterwards, head over to the drawer you unpacked it to and launch the game by double-clicking on the “RnD” icon. The game starts right away.

Gameplay

Rocks’n’Diamonds is similar to Boulder Dash in that you navigate around caves and that your aim is to collect enough emeralds to advance to the next level. When done gathering, you must reach the exit. There are a lot of different items in this game, but we’ll come to that later. To be able to find enough shiny gems, you must avoid dangerous enemies, various obstacles and solve puzzles so you don’t block your way.

With that in mind, it is time to play the game. 🙂

Here is the main menu of the game. Here you can enter your name, view the Hall of Fame for the level above and more. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Here is the credits. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Here is the screen where you can choose settings. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
If you want to adjust the graphics, you can do that there. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Here are the controls! Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Information about the different music included in the game can be found as well. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Want to have a go at designing your own levels? Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.

As you can see, the main menu is quite large with plenty to read and adjust.

There is also a huge list of the different elements found in the game. Have included screenshots of them below in case someone find them handy. 🙂

Elements. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Elements. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Elements. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Elements. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Elements. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Elements. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Elements. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
The first level starts. Fortunately, for new players, you can go to the envelope at the top left corner and you will helpful information. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Helpful text. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Reached level 2! Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Level 3 coming up. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Now it is certainly getting more complicated. Here you’ll have to use the power of dynamites to solve the level. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Level 5 is here and we get a brief introduction. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
This is something new. The amoeba grows! Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
Managed to get the amoeba to stop growing and then turning into diamonds. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.
We are at level 6 and things have gotten complicated with moving enemies. Screenshot by Old School Game Blog.

Having played through several levels of the game, what is my impression of it?

Well, I must say that I enjoyed it a lot! 🙂 The game is much more advanced and varied than I thought before I played it for the first time. Doing the puzzles needed to be able to pick up all emeralds is fun and challenging and one can’t just rush through hoping for the best. 😉 I learned quickly that one must be patient and think things through before going bananas with the dynamite.

Another plus I think is the different music, which works well with the game. The graphics is also good I think. Beside this, it has an extensive menu screen with a lot of settings and also an editor for levels included. Excellent!

All in all, I recommend giving this game. It is free and available for download from OS4Depot and only takes up a few MB of space. Hope you’ll try it and if you do that you enjoyed it as much as I did. 🙂

Thanks for reading this review and see you in another post here on the Old School Game Blog!

This review was published earlier on my other blog.

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