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.)
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
|ammon.zip||The Sky is Falling|
|arc.zip||Adventures 1 and 2|
|bomber.zip||Fast Reactions 1 and 2|
|chao_thing.zip||Box o' Ease and Crate o' Difficulty 1 and 2|
|charlie.zip||Box of Apples, Box of Bannanas, and Box of Peaches|
|cosimo87.zip||Special Level 1 and 2|
|cyrille.zip||Go! and Small Levels 1|
|dono.zip||Dono Medium, Hard, Extreme, and Mini|
|echnik.zip||Aalglatt, Ein Maerchen, Frischauf, King Lui 130, Nur Buchstaben, and Nur Zahlen|
|james.zip||Addedcheese 1-9 and Rainbow|
|jason.zip||IshKaBibble and Sambuka|
|kylz.zip||Planet of the Bugs, Reincarnate the Dead, and Training Data Base|
|mirjam.zip||MIP I and II|
|parousia.zip||Lords, Knights, ToughGuys, and The Basics|
|reiner.zip||Harder Than Ever and Jor|
|robert.zip||Check Your Rox Level, Fruits, Rocks and Unids, The War, and World's Easiest Levels|
|suraj_pabari.zip||Death Collection I and II|
|teresa.zip||Little Collection 1 and 2, Xambow 1 and 2|
|week.zip||Week of Thresher|
Opinions differ over whether level 57 ("Omega") is possible.
- A fan named Damian wrote a solution to the level: rox_omega_solution.txt
- Another fan named Piet had no luck with the above solution but found that it's sometimes possible to pick up two bombs rather than just one using the spacebar and arrow key at the same time.
- Another fan named Martijn modified the actual level set: rox_fixed_levels.zip.
On the main menu, press and hold Esc
when you select Play
. This (temporarily) unlocks all the levels in a collection.
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.
* Probably my favorite.
There have been hints over the years of more from the creators of RoX.
- Around 2014, there was a demo for a browser-based version of RoX at amoebabyte.com.
- In 2011, Safrosoft was revived with a Web log and a new site at safrosoft.net with news of a possible future mobile port of RoX.
- In early 2005, there was also an early alpha demo of a RoX sequel. Here are some screenshots of the demo (click for full size):
Just one: RoX at Martijn Mooij's Boulder Dash fan site
On another page
, I list additional freeware games that I like.