Updated 2017.03.18


RoX is a freeware Windows game created by Ilya and Dmitriy Safro. It's similar to my Commodore 64 favorite Boulder Dash, but with stylish modern graphics and music.

I created this page because when I discovered RoX, I could find no information about it or custom level sets. The official Safrosoft site was and remains down.

There is hope that we might eventually see more by Safrosoft, including a sequel to RoX. (More on that at the bottom of this page.)

Screenshot

Thresher  Download RoX

The latest version of RoX is 1.4. At this point, both finding the game and getting it to run can be a challenge. I'll host it here for now, assuming that demand won't exceed my bandwith limits.
rox_1_4_setup.zip  (11MB)
If you attempt to run RoX on any version of Windows beyond XP, you will likely encounter errors because you are missing three DLL files:

dx7vb.dll
dx8vb.dll
d3drm.dll


I was able to run RoX in Windows 7 after following the instructions on this page (related to a different game). The page also provides download links for the DLL files (which are also included with Windows XP). Obviously, I can't guarantee the safety of those links or of any part of the process.



Thresher  RoX Levels

RoX includes an editor that lets you create your own level packs when you're finished or frustrated with the 69 pack-in levels. Many RoX fans have distributed their own, which you can extract into your RoX\Levels folder and play.

These are some newer level sets that were not on safrosoft.com (the old official site). I created one set, and the rest were sent to me by others.
100_in_1.zip100 in 1  by Michaelis, Schinmeyer, and Lienau
60_niveles.zip60 Niveles  by Chema  
alain.zipAlain  by Asel Ool
annie.zipAnnie and Xmas 2003  by Annie
barton_michaelis.zipBillig, Blabla, and Brot  by Barton and Michaelis
boulder_dash_levels.zipBoulder Dash Levels  by Korak Gomanji  
67 levels based on the original Boulder Dash games.
daavssuck.zipDaAvsSuck  by Jeff
echnik2.zipFast and Marathon  by Echnik
excessive_content.zipExcessive Content  by Benjamin Smith
julia.zipJulia  by Julia Hruska
kindly_removed.zipKindly Removed  by David Kulle
mammoth.zipMammoth  by Milan Barták
matts.zipMatts 2  by M. Pettersson
michaelis.zipWahnsinn and Six Possibilities  by David Michaelis
mystic_rooms.zipMystic Rooms  by Rado Negundo and Kiras
the_narrow_place.zipThe Narrow Place  by Tasos
parnell.zipDerek and Target Zone  by Derek Parnell
smashing_13.zipSmashing 13  by clysm
spiderstein.zipCastle Spiderstein  by Mr. Quackers
units.zipUnits  by Volker
zelda.zipZelda  by Dominik Walter

The levels listed below are from a large pack that was once available on the Safrosoft site. If you download the entire pack, you'll have all of the levels listed below (and many more) but none listed above.
rox_addon_levels.zip  (1MB)
ammon.zipThe Sky is Falling
arc.zipAdventures 1 and 2
bomber.zipFast Reactions 1 and 2
boris.zipMonisworld
chao_thing.zipBox o' Ease and Crate o' Difficulty 1 and 2
charlie.zipBox of Apples, Box of Bannanas, and Box of Peaches
chris.zipThe Gnats
cosimo87.zipSpecial Level 1 and 2
csatai.zipPCRex
cyrille.zipGo! and Small Levels 1
dono.zipDono Medium, Hard, Extreme, and Mini
echnik.zipAalglatt, Ein Maerchen, Frischauf, King Lui 130, Nur Buchstaben, and Nur Zahlen
evc.zipLimited I
firestorm.zipFirestorm
firstkiss.zipFirstKiss
frensygt.zipMariannocchia 2-6
grafit_bt.zipSzappanos Hun
james.zipAddedcheese 1-9 and Rainbow
jamie.zipSubconscious
jason.zipIshKaBibble and Sambuka
kylz.zipPlanet of the Bugs, Reincarnate the Dead, and Training Data Base
mirjam.zipMIP I and II
octapolis.zipOctapolis
parousia.zipLords, Knights, ToughGuys, and The Basics
pascual.zipPascual
reiner.zipHarder Than Ever and Jor
robert.zipCheck Your Rox Level, Fruits, Rocks and Unids, The War, and World's Easiest Levels
spydre_byte.zipSpydre
suraj_pabari.zipDeath Collection I and II
teresa.zipLittle Collection 1 and 2, Xambow 1 and 2
titti.zipMikonos
week.zipWeek of Thresher
worldofchaos.zipWorldOfChaos 1-4


Thresher  RoX Help

Level 57

Opinions differ over whether level 57 ("Omega") is possible.
Cheating

On the main menu, press and hold Esc and Space when you select Play. This (temporarily) unlocks all the levels in a collection.



Thresher  RoX Music

You can put MP3 files into your RoX\Music folder to have them play in the game.

A 2002 Safro music CD was available on MP3.com before that site went down and changed into something else. This music is mostly what you hear in the game, but more deliberately structured.

I like this music, and I have received permission to distribute it. I'll keep them up as long as doing so doesn't take up too much bandwidth. These tracks are encoded at 128 kbps, unfortunately, but I guess we considered that good enough back then.
Safro - Blizzard.mp3  (5MB)
Safro - Dreamscape.mp3  (5MB) *
Safro - Euphoria.mp3  (4MB)
Safro - Gifted [Bass Overload].mp3  (6MB)
Safro - Heartbeat [Remix].mp3  (5MB)
Safro - Pyxis.mp3  (5MB)
Safro - Smooth [Soft Mix].mp3  (4MB)
Safro - Trance Aura.mp3  (4MB)
Safro - Tranze [Remix].mp3  (4MB)
Safro - Velocity.mp3  (6MB)
Safro - Virus.mp3  (4MB)

* Probably my favorite.

Thresher  RoX News

There have been hints over the years of more from the creators of RoX.
Thresher  RoX Links

Just one: RoX at Martijn Mooij's Boulder Dash fan site.






On another page, I list additional freeware games that I like.