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 PC-88 Main menu
Dig Dug PC-88 First level of the less detailed, original version from 1983.
Dig Dug PC Booter Title screen (Atari version)
Dig Dug MSX Trying to crush an enemy with a rock

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* (37895)
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 Video Game Critic Intellivision Sep 22, 2009 A 100
The Atari Times Atari 7800 Mar 18, 2005 99 out of 100 99
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Dec 19, 2005 95 out of 100 95
Retro4Ever Atari 2600 May 04, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 2004 7 out of 10 70
Micro 7 TI-99/4A Jun, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
GameSpot Xbox 360 Oct 11, 2006 6.3 out of 10 63
Gamer.nl Xbox 360 Feb 23, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Video Game Den NES 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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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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