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In some ways this review writes itself because it is so reflective of my opinions on so many arcade translations for the 2600, especially those by Atari itself: no, you won’t get the graphics of the original, but the gameplay is virtually spot-on. This is especially important to me in this instance because Dig Dug is one of my favourite games of all time in any format. And playing it today in 2016 the magic is not gone – it’s still the same great Pooka-exploding, dragon-crushing, vegetable-grabbing fun it’s always been. Dare I say the clichéd words? Yes – no Atari 2600 collection is complete without it.
All in all, this is a very solid title for the 2600. Dig Dug was an absolute hoot in the arcades, and this port retains the all-important gameplay of the classic very well. It's fairly common, too, so grab a copy.
Dig Dug is greater than the sum of its parts and knowledgeable players will devise all sorts of fun techniques
Dig Dug is awful looking, but once you get into the game play, it's visual defects are replaced with pure 80s style fun! Later versions resolved the fugly graphics, but on the 2600, its still a blast to play.
Ist man im Besitz eines Atari 2600, so kommt man um diesen Titel nicht herum. Mir persönlich hat die Highscore-Jagd bei Dig Dug um einiges besser gefallen als zum Beispiel bei Pac-Man. „Eine Runde noch!“, hört man sich des öfteren sagen und es kommt tatsächlich eine Art Sucht auf, welche selbst bei aktuellen Titeln immer seltener vorkommt. Kaufempfehlung!
While most of the older games on the Atari, ColecoVision and other first consoles don’t offer a lot of depth, they make up for it by offering fast paced gameplay and arcade-style presentation. Dig Dug is an excellent example of blending that early arcade experience on a home console with not a lot of flaws. While there are some things that nearly every game can work on, this iteration of Atari is an enjoyable and challenging experience through and through. I recommend picking up this title in its original format, but if you don’t have an older console such as the Atari 2600, you can pick it up in a lot of compilation disks or download it onto many newer consoles via online services.
Den Hat-Trick in der Reihe der adaptierten Arkadenspiele landet Atari mit Dig Dug. Und auch für diese Cassette gilt das eingangs Gesagte: Exzellente Grafik, Action, Spielwitz. Was kann man mehr von einem Spiel verlangen?
When porting a cute arcade title to the Atari 2600, some concessions must be made in terms of graphics. With Dig Dug, the dirt lacks texture, the pumping action is not animated, there are no flowers indicating level number, the rocks are square, and so on. However, this is merely nitpicking as this is an excellent port of the 1982 coin-op classic. The controls are responsive, the music and sound effects are faithful to the original and the fun digging, creature-killing, rock-dropping action remains intact. Yet, despite a few expected shortcomings, the graphics are actually quite nice.
Dig Dug is readily available on superior hardware, both classic and modern, so if you just want to play the game, there's really no reason to track this version down. For the 2600 fan though, you'll find a nice balance of game play and fun, especially considering the machine's limitations.
I'm not sure exactly how many levels there are in this game, as I never managed to get past the first few, but this is a game that can be replayed not only to get a higher score, but to get to higher levels. Although it pales in comparison to the arcade version, the Atari 2600 version of Dig Dug is a game that could be well worth your time as an Atari 2600 gamer if you can't find a more arcade perfect version to play.