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Diamond Caves II

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Type of Program: Game
Supported Platforms: Win 95/98/NT4
Company Name: Diamond Productions
Version: 1.2
Price: $27.00
Installed Size: 4MB


Diamond Caves II is a Boulder Dash (C64) and Emerald Mine (Amiga) type game. The object is to collect the required amount of emeralds and go through your exit door. Sounds easy right? Well add boulders, bugs, robots, eaters, amoeba, ships, bombs, dynamite, mines, quicksand, walls, doors, keys, nuts, walls, and a time limit then it is not always so easy but definitely exciting. This game requires thinking and quick reflexes. If you get stuck on a level though most of the time the replay option will show you how to do it. You can play one or two players.

You do things like drop rocks on monsters to create things like more emeralds, keys, special blocks, and sometimes more monsters you never know. Dropping a rock on a nut will turn it into a gem. You can use dynamite and bombs to blow things up like walls that are in your way but they will also blow up gems. There are also things like blue walls and when it is flashing you can drop a rock through it to turn it into an emerald or drop and emerald through it to turn it into a diamond which is worth 3 emeralds. Yes there are several things that can kill you but there is also things that can help you.

The graphics are excellent and the sounds are pretty good. It is easy to use and has excellent help if you need some help getting started. The shareware version comes with 30 training levels and 20 advanced levels. There is also a partially functional level editor. If you register it the level editor becomes fully functional which will allow you import the additional levels from the home page. There isn't an additional charge for the additional levels. At the present time there is 6 level groups available each containing 99 levels. This is the best and easiest to use Boulder Dash type game I have ever seen. I am looking forward to many hours of enjoyment playing it with my 10-year-old son.

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Reviewed by Zonia Heath -

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