DescriptionDig 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" -- Apple II in-game title
- "DigDug" -- PC Booter in-game title
- "ディグダグ" -- Japanese Spelling
Part of the Following Groups
|Who wants to go dig-dugging today?||NES||*Katakis* (37804)|
|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 Video Game Critic||Intellivision||Sep 22, 2009||A||100|
|The Video Game Critic||Atari 2600||Aug 17, 2002||A-||91|
|All Game Guide||Atari 2600||1998||80|
|Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition||Atari 8-bit||Dec, 2013||8 out of 10||80|
|Micro 7||TI-99/4A||Jun, 1984||67|
|Game Over Online||Xbox 360||Oct 25, 2006||65 out of 100||65|
|Nintendo Life||Wii||Jun 10, 2008||60|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||Xbox 360||Oct 16, 2006||6 out of 10||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 GamesThe Arcade version of Dig Dug appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Arcade versionIn 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.)
ReleaseDig Dug was one of the "Fabulous Eleven" launch games for the Atari 7800.
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