Dig Dug

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Dig Dug Atari 8-bit Starting Screen (1983 release)
Dig Dug Atari 5200 Beginning a game
Dig Dug Game Boy Dig it!
Dig Dug TI-99/4A Title screen

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* (37879)
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 Arcade Apr 05, 2004 88 out of 100 88
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 05, 2000 B+ 83
TeleMatch Atari 2600 Sep, 1983 2 out of 6 80
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic Atari 7800 Apr 07, 2008 B 75
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Nov 21, 2006 7.3 out of 10 73
Power Play Game Boy Dec, 1992 63 out of 100 63
Video Games Game Boy Nov, 1992 61 out of 100 61
IGN Wii Jun 12, 2008 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

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.)

Release

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

Information also contributed by PCGamer77, Nélio and FatherJack

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