Released for the Amstrad CPC in Europe in 1985 by US Gold, this conversion by Abersoft is one of the more visually accurate ports but suffers in the gameplay department due to sluggish movement and frequent slow-downs. Levels 12 (Acid Rain), 22 (Advanced Cannon), and 23 (Advanced Pulverizers) are missing. The title screen is also missing the animations of the original and the colors of each level are static (the same every time).
In Europe, BBSB came on both disk and cassette. The cassette version is by far the most common and was sold by US Gold. There was also a less common cassette release by Americana Software.
This is the 1985 BBC Micro European release on cassette by US Gold, converted by Paul Johnson for Micro Power. This port only features 18 of the original 25 levels.
There is also an Americana (Mastertronics) release pictured. The Americana releases all came with the same tape as the US Gold.
This is the Atari 8bit Home Computer version by US Gold on cassette. Also shown in the gallery is a bootleg version on diskette.
The cassette version took an eternity to load — about thirteen and a half minutes. U.S. Gold took advantage of that time to display advertisements for other games on the load screen including, yes, Strip Poker. Classy.
We are missing the Americana version! If you have it and wish to donate it to the Miner 2049er Museum, please reply to this post! We’ll even accept just a picture if you don’t wish to part with yours.