To better appreciate the power of the Colecovision compared to other systems at the time, only this version was able to reproduce the faux 3D look of the original arcade. The Intellivison and Atari 2600 ports switched to head-on scrolling with horrible shading that made it very difficult to spot raised platforms.
First released in 1984 on many computers and consoles (C64, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, MSX, ZX Spectrum, Colecovision), the arcade version of Boulder Dash is historic as its the first home computer game to be converted over to an arcade platform.
An arcade port of Antarctic Adventure by Konami, the MSX and Colecovision were popular, but the original arcade is hard to find and is considered 'very rare' by KLOV website, as there are no records of an arcade cabinet among their collectors' 20,000+ games.
The original arcade was about Beer tapping, with Budweiser logo prominently advertised in the game. After strong criticism that they were marketing to minors, arcade developer changed the game to 'Root Beer Tapper'. All home ports are based on the Root Beer version.
The ColecoVision is Coleco Industries' second generation home video game console which was released in August 1982. The ColecoVision offered arcade-quality graphics and gaming style, the ability to play Atari 2600 video games, and the means to expand the system's basic hardware. Released with a catalog of twelve launch titles, with an additional ten games announced for 1982, approximately 125 titles in total were published as ROM cartridges for the system between 1982 and 1984.
Coleco licensed Nintendo's Donkey Kong as the official pack-in cartridge for all ColecoVision consoles, and this version of the game was well received as a near-perfect arcade port, helping to boost the console's popularity.