BOH is a unique retro-flavoured puzzle-riddled dungeon crawler spiced up with thrilling action.
You move in claustrophobic, mysterious, dangerous battlefields searching for the Evil Masters, who throw countless enemies at you until you discover and face them in the final battle. Although your quests are made slightly less hard by the power-ups scattered all around, carrying out the missions demands lots of concentration and quick reflexes.
With BOH the fun never ends: new missions and themes can be added anytime and you can even create your own!
BOH has been created with lots of passion and care to offer, with its oldschool style, a fascinatingly different gaming experience.

Features:

  • immersive & thrilling gameplay
  • 48 missions + 12 secret missions to unlock
  • missions divided in 5 levels of difficulty
  • multi-phase missions
  • multi-floor battlefields of any size/shape
  • mind-blowing puzzles and deadly traps
  • many and varied power-ups
  • several different kinds of enemies
  • hand-pixelled 2D graphics
  • real-time field of vision and lighting
  • atmospheric audio and rich soundtrack
  • 7 themes
  • online world standings
  • possibility of creating missions and themes
  • Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish and Swedish translations

BOH runs natively on AmigaOS, AROS, Linux, MacOS and Windows. It comes as a shrink-wrapped DVD box containing a pressed CD-ROM and a 24-page color printed English manual, or as a downloadable ISO image.

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2 comments by saimo on Apr 12th, 2014

4/4/2014: easy remember, the date of the 5th anniversary of BOH. There is no better way to celebrate the event than releasing a brand-new edition that majestically closes the incredible evolution the game underwent since its original release.

DESURA USERS: PLEASE READ THE NOTE AT THE BOTTOM BEFORE INSTALLING.

The 5th Anniversary Edition:

  • includes all the updates released previously;
  • reworks the video modes handling (full screen by default; window on 16-bit screens allowed; more robust; etc.);
  • adds the CRT and LCD pixel modes;
  • adds the 5x zoom;
  • adds 5 new missions, bringing the total to a massive 60;
  • assigns the pause to the [ESCAPE] key (instead of a specific key), which thus no longer causes the immediate abort of the current mission;
  • reworks the menu controls (more keys; do not depend anymore on the in-game controls configuration);
  • adds the emergency configuration reset (assigned to the key [F12]);
  • adds the screenshot functionality (assigned to the key [F1]);
  • makes quitting by means of [ALT]+[F4] available on all platforms;
  • sets the default URL for records submission to Retream.com (it is no longer necessary to specify such URL manually in the configuration file);
  • replaces the copy code with an email address for the records submission;
  • updates the manuals;
  • applies many other optimizations/changes/fixes, for more performance, polish and robustness.

The demos have been updated to reflect the changes.

IMPORTANT: Desura's automatic update process will trash your records; if you want to preserve them, please pack the missions directory and send it to boh@retream.com.

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BOH demo (Windows)

BOH demo (Windows)

Jan 28, 2010 Demo 4 comments

Feature-packed demo of BOH, including 7 tutorial missions and 2 real missions.

BOH demo (Linux)

BOH demo (Linux)

Jan 28, 2010 Demo 7 comments

Feature-packed demo of BOH, including 7 tutorial missions and 2 real missions.

BOH demo (MacOS)

BOH demo (MacOS)

Jan 28, 2010 Demo 0 comments

Feature-packed demo of BOH, including 7 tutorial missions and 2 real missions.

BOH user's manual

BOH user's manual

Nov 24, 2009 Guides 0 comments

Official user's manual of the game. Indispensible to develop additional missions and themes, as the accompanying developer's manual is based on the concepts...

BOH developer's manual

BOH developer's manual

Nov 9, 2009 Guides 0 comments

Official developer's manual that explains how to create missions, themes and translations.

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IceIYIaN
IceIYIaN Nov 9 2009, 11:43pm says:

Looks like the player always looks to the north of the screen? Rather than Diablo or Zelda style aim/movement... Is this correct?

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saimo
saimo Nov 10 2009, 4:04am replied:

Yes, the player position is fixed: it's the rest that rotates around ;)

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IceIYIaN
IceIYIaN Nov 10 2009, 9:50am replied:

Awesome. As far as I can tell, only your game and my mods use this camera system. I'm amazed more games don't use it. It's a ton of fun.

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saimo
saimo Nov 10 2009, 10:10am replied:

Glad you like it :)
Unless you've already done so, you can also try for yourself: just download the demo available on the website ;)

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IceIYIaN
IceIYIaN Nov 10 2009, 6:32pm replied:

I tried the demo, I don't like the fact that I couldn't use a mouse. I also couldn't turn and strafe at the same time.

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saimo
saimo Nov 11 2009, 3:56am replied:

First of all, thanks for trying the demo and the feedback.
BOH is meant to be retro also as regards the controls. I wanted it to be playable with just the direction keys plus a single button, and the mechanics to be exactly as they are. Actually, I did not even plan to include strafing, which I added only upon request from a friend (and, I must say, I was never happy with the fact that I had to expand the set of keys for such a thing - which, by the way, is not necessary at all to finish the game). Back in the day games at most offered 8 movement directions and you could only fire in front of you: they were (and are!) fun and playable. It's just a different kind of gameplay.
Of course, you are entitled to your own opinion :)
Just keep in mind that the less the action, the better, when playing BOH (in other words, action is not and must not become the central point of the game) ;)

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IceIYIaN
IceIYIaN Nov 11 2009, 11:41am replied:

Well I make a mod called 1337 Board which offers over 9,000 hotkeys... The ability to not turn and strafe at the same time is a major turn off. If you're not going to add a mouse option to turn and shoot, I'd suggest adding a hotkey to make turning faster.

I'd like to see your config use Config.cfg (Quake/Half-Life/Call of Duty) - Although your system is fine as is... I'd like you to use that because then my mod might work in your game, lol...
bind "a" "+back"
bind "s" "+forward"

Using combo hotkeys would be great too. bind "ALT-Space" "+attack"
Usually combot keys use TAB/CapsLock/Shift/CTRL/ALT.

Also, hot about a hotkey to make the game act like classic top down view games like Zelda? Simply let go or toggle it to return to the normal camera system.

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saimo
saimo Nov 11 2009, 4:54pm replied:

Controls: sorry, as said, the game is meant to have very, very simple - or better, basic - controls, so I won't add more keys (actually, I'm tempted to remove strafing altogether given that it's totally useless).

Configuration: sorry again, I have no reason to change that as it works and the user can easily reconfigure the keys from the menu. Moreover, the energies I'd spend to do that would be better used for making more themes and missions (which I plan to work on after I finish the current update).

Speed of turning: changing it would have a major impact on the gameplay as it has been calibrated together with the rest (running speed, spawning of enemies, characteristics of enemies, maps layout, etc.). Since currently the game is balanced exactly as I want, I won't touch that.

Camera: everything started precisely from the current graphical engine - it was an idea that had been lingering in my mind for years and that I decided to turn into something real just for fun; such idea became a characterizing aspect of the game, and I'm really fond of it. So, sorry once more, I'm not going to allow a different view.
By the way: Zelda uses a slightly slanted perspective, so also all graphics of each and every theme would need to be redrawn from scratch - that would be simply unfeasible.

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IceIYIaN
IceIYIaN Nov 11 2009, 5:35pm replied:

The view is the same in your game, Zelda, and Diablo. It's 2D from above. Your camera system allows rotation. I ment adding a hotkey to allow Zelda style movement or a hotkey to bring a mouse pointer you can aim/move like that. Then when you let go the player returns to looking at the top of the screen.

Your hotkeys menu doesn't have to change at all. What I'm asking for a config.cfg change. All you gotta do is change your engine from Configuration.txt to Config.cfg looking something like this:

bind "A" "+back"
bind "S" "+forward"
bind "D" "+moveleft"
bind "F" "+moveright"
bind "SPACE" "+Attack"
Name "Death"
Theme "Default"
Volume "1.0"

Then any unknown command that a user could put in it, just have the game remove it from the config or simply overlook it.

But yeah that could be some work... It's a request though.

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saimo
saimo Nov 25 2009, 6:26am replied:

Sorry for the late reply - been very busy.

As for the view: BOH, Zelda and Diablo all use a different perspective - BOH is overhead, perfectly perpendicular; Zelda is overhead with skewing; Diablo is isometric. What you suggest requires new graphics. And, anyway, as already explained, the current view is what I wanted right from the start.

As for the configuration: please refer to my previous answer.
Moreover, looking at the bigger picture, consider this exampe: it's as if you can choose and sign the players for a basketball team, decide how to arrange them on the field, decide their workout routines and so on, but then all you focus on is recycling the uniforms of your favourite football team... Out of the metaphor: you'd like to change the sprites? You can. You'd like to change the tiles? You can. You'd like to change the sound effects? You can. You'd like to change the music? You can. You'd like to change all of those? You can. You'd like to create your own missions? You can. You'd just like to translate the game to your dialect? Well, you can (provided it requires only ISO 8859-1 characters)! So, why wasting time on a thing as useless as re-using the configuration file from some other totally unrelated game? ;)

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