Default Prime reviewer Matt Buckley writes:
1984 was a long time ago, so the fact that Boulder Dash has continued to see new iterations of its classic gameplay until now is commendable in and of itself. In many ways, now is a great time for one of those new versions to be released. Thanks to the popularity of digital download services and small-serving mobile apps, casual gaming is enjoying its highest successes to date. Kalypso Media has smartly looked to capitalize on this with Boulder Dash-XL for the PC and Xbox LIVE Arcade, the first time that the franchise has seen a major home console since its appearance on the NES back in 1990.