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 PC-88 Title screen for original PC-8801 version
Dig Dug FM-7 (FM7 version) Digging
Dig Dug FM-7 (FM7 version) Inflating a Pooka
Dig Dug Casio PV-1000 Making a trap for the walking eyes soon to materialise

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* (37938)
Arcade goodness for nostalgic kids who never saw the coin-op version. PC Booter Yeah No (21)
A true classic, One of my favorites NES AaronGamer (42)

Critic Reviews

All Game Guide Arcade 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Dec 19, 2005 95 out of 100 95
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Aug 17, 2002 A- 91
neXGam Atari 2600 Apr 02, 2014 8.8 out of 10 88
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 05, 2000 B+ 83
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Arcade Oct 25, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Game Over Online Xbox 360 Oct 25, 2006 65 out of 100 65
Video Games Game Boy Nov, 1992 61 out of 100 61
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Oct 16, 2006 6 out of 10 60


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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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