Net Yaroze Month: Sam the Boulderman

In Net Yaroze Month, we are playing every Net Yaroze game featured on the UK Official Playstation Magazine, and ranking them all in the order we liked them. You may have other opinions as to the ranking, which is awesome.

To learn more about Net Yaroze, read our introductory article here.

Annoyingly for Sam the Boulderman that I reviewed Rocks ‘n’ Gems before I got to this.

Sam the Boulderman is another Boulderdash clone, but with enough differences from the aforementioned Rocks n Gems to make this worth a look.

The main differences between the two are that Sam is based on a single non-scrolling screen, so you can see the whole map and the challenge you are up against. There also appears to be no enemies. This is pure collect-the-things and-avoid-the-boulders.

What makes this less of a delight to play is the horrible sound effect when you collect a mushroom.

If you’re after a Boulderdash type Yaroze game then Rocks n Gems is definitely the better of the two, but this is worth a look if you are a big fan of the genre.

Game: Sam the Boulderman
By: James Hobden
Genre: Action / Puzzle (Boulderdash Clone)
Available on Euro Demos: 84

Net Yaroze Month rankings:​

Sam pushes in at No. 17

  1. Time Slip
  2. Blitter Boy
  3. Rocks n Gems
  4. Total Soccer Yaroze
  5. Terra Incognita
  6. Super Bub Contest
  7. Robot Ron
  8. Decaying Orbit
  9. Psychon
  10. INVS
  11. Haunted Maze
  12. Roller
  13. Gravitation
  14. Squeak
  15. Adventure Game
  16. Katapila
  17. Sam the Boulderman
  18. Pssst!
  19. Game Involving Triangles
  20. Yarozians
  21. Tanx
  22. PingPing
  23. Opera of Destruction
  24. Video Poker Simulator
  25. Shroud
  26. Between the Eyes
  27. Bouncer 2
  28. Yaroze Rally
  29. Sphere
  30. Blockz
  31. Surf Game

Still to play:

  • Technical Demo
  • Pushy IIb
  • Pandora’s Box
  • Down
  • Snowball Fight
  • Arena
  • A Dog Tale
  • Mah Jongg
  • Samsaric Asymptotes
  • Hover Car Racing
  • Clone

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