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TapStar Interactive Announces Plans for Boulder Dash Sequel and Company Growth

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For Immediate Release


Company plans to crowdfund a premium, ad-free version of Boulder Dash®- 30th Anniversary™ for PC/Mac and consoles

Leadership Team expands with Jeff Peters as new SVP Production and new offices in Luxembourg and Germany to increase focus on the European and LATAM Markets.

SAN FRANCISCO, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 - Following successful, consecutive launches for mobile smartphones and tablets in the App Store and Google Play, TapStar Interactive today announced plans to take Boulder Dash – 30th Anniversary into new markets.

Co-Published with First Star Software, Inc., the latest sequel to the multi-million unit selling classic game franchise reached the Top 50 Free Puzzle Games in the US, and was featured as a Best New Game in more than 75 countries following its iOS launch in the App Store on October 14th.

“The freemium version of the 30th Anniversary game on mobile is a great entry point for casual gamers as well as more hard core gamers who are new to Boulder Dash,” said Chris Gray, co-founder and CEO of TapStar and game industry visionary. “For ardent fans who want a traditional console experience, it’s coming soon in the form of an exciting Kickstarter campaign.”


TapStar will be crowd-funding an ad-free, content rich version of the 30th Anniversary game for PC, Mac, XBox One and Playstation 4 that will include a host of new features. Suites of caves not included in the mobile versions, and access to additional downloadable content (for example, cave packs designed by Gray and Peter Liepa, co-creators of the original game) are all planned. In addition, the company will add a level editor in the PC/Mac versions, where people can create their own levels and share them with friends.

“We are very interested in collaborating with gamers who are fans of Boulder Dash and want to be a part of the game’s future development,” added Gray. ” Kickstarter is a great platform for attracting such players, and the campaign will offer several opportunities for those interested to participate in the beta.”

TapStar’s Kickstarter campaign is scheduled to launch later this month.

Additions to Management Team

To help drive this growth, industry veteran Jeff Peters has joined the company as Senior Vice President in charge of Production. Peters has worked in the video game industry for more than 25-years as a successful journalist, entrepreneur and veteran game developer. He co-founded the classic industry publication, “Electronic Gaming Monthly” in the 1980’s, then moved into game development, working on just about every console and business model available; from coin-operated to our current free-to-play.

Always entrepreneurial, Peters has founded several successful businesses, worked as industry consultant, developed games for the majority of the big publishers and, most recently, hails from an 8+ year tenure with Electronic Arts, as Studio Director and Executive Producer, managing teams of over 150+ members and generating over $300+ million in revenue. Notable franchises include Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, Tiger Woods, Family Game Night, Monopoly and most recently the Tetris mobile franchise of products, which includes the award-winning Tetris Blitz and Tetris Monster.

Global Expansion

To date, Boulder Dash – 30th Anniversary has experienced top downloads in Germany, Brazil, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. To support the worldwide appeal of this and other games in development at TapStar, the company has opened offices in Luxembourg and Saarbrucken, Germany. The offices are led by veterans Michelle Pereira Jakobs who will focus on growing the LATAM markets out of the Luxembourg City office and Karsten Maxem who will look at growing TapStar’s European reach from the new German office.

Press Resources:

TapStar Website:
TapStar on Twitter: @TapstarGames
TapStar on Facebook: TapstarGames
TapStar on Instagram: TapstarGames
Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary on Google Play
Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary on the App Store
Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary Press kit (including artwork and videos)

About TapStar Interactive

Based in San Francisco with offices in Montreal, Canada; Gdynia, Poland; Luxembourg City and Saarbrucken, Germany, TapStar Interactive creates and publishes unique and innovative gaming experiences that appeal to a wide range of players. Its portfolio includes original and licensed IP, from location-based to casual puzzle games. TapStar works with talented game development teams from around the world, both for its own titles and for its third party publishing program.

Boulder Dash® is a registered trademark of FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. Boulder Dash®-30 Anniversary™, the names and likenesses of Rockford™ and Crystal™ are trademarks of FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. Boulder Dash®-30 Anniversary™ Copyright © 1984-2014 FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. All rights reserved. The original Boulder Dash was created by Peter Liepa with Chris Gray. Boulder Dash®-30th Anniversary™ is created and developed by TapStar Interactive with FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Press Contact:
Karen Blondell for TapStar Interactive