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Dig Dug

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Dig Dug is a 1-2 player arcade game in which you have to use your shovel to dig your way through the earth. Stopping you from doing this are two monsters, called Pooka and Fygar, who will continually chase you around. The only weapon that you carry is an air pump, which you can use to inflate the monsters to the point where they explode. (if you start to inflate them but stop doing so, the monsters will get turned back to their normal selves). Furthermore, rocks are scattered throughout the earth, and you can use these rocks to squash them. If the monsters do not find you for several seconds, they will eventually get turned into ghosts, which are able to walk through the earth. They are invincible and cannot be killed. From time to time, vegetables will appear in the center, and you can get these for points.


Dig Dug Sord M5 Round 03
Dig Dug Atari 8-bit Starting sequence (1982 release)
Dig Dug FM-7 (FM7 version) Title screen
Dig Dug Xbox 360 These guys are pretty close!

Alternate Titles

  • "Dig-Dug" -- Apple II in-game title
  • "DigDug" -- PC Booter in-game title
  • "ディグダグ" -- Japanese Spelling

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User Reviews

Who wants to go dig-dugging today? NES *Katakis* (37795)
Arcade goodness for nostalgic kids who never saw the coin-op version. PC Booter Yeah No (22)
A true classic, One of my favorites NES AaronGamer (42)

The Press Says

The Atari Times Atari 7800 Mar 18, 2005 99 out of 100 99
HonestGamers NES Jul 09, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 8 out of 10 80
IGN Xbox 360 Oct 11, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Micro 7 TI-99/4A Jun, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Sep 03, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Oct 16, 2006 6 out of 10 60
TalkXbox Xbox 360 Nov 22, 2006 60 out of 100 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Jan, 1993 5.8 out of 10 58
IGN Wii Jun 12, 2008 5 out of 10 50


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Dig Dug appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Arcade version

In the coin-operated version the game ends on round 256 (shown as round 0) since this board is unplayable. At the start of the level, a Pooka is placed directly on top of where the player starts, with no way to kill it. This is a famous example of a kill screen (a area of a game that is impossible to play, usually caused by the oversight of developers.)


Dig Dug was one of the "Fabulous Eleven" launch games for the Atari 7800.

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