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Dig Dug

User Reviews

Who wants to go dig-dugging today? NES *Katakis* (37849)
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)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Apple II 11 3.4
Arcade 6 3.0
Atari 2600 20 3.6
Atari 5200 13 3.7
Atari 7800 15 3.5
Atari 8-bit 8 3.8
Casio PV-1000 1 4.0
Commodore 64 19 3.6
FM-7 Awaiting 1 votes...
Game Boy 11 3.4
Game Boy Advance 7 3.7
Intellivision 9 3.5
MSX 7 3.4
NES 22 3.4
Nintendo 3DS 1 3.2
Palm OS 3 4.3
PC-88 4 4.0
PC Booter 34 3.7
Sharp X1 Awaiting 1 votes...
Sord M5 Awaiting 1 votes...
TI-99/4A 8 3.4
VIC-20 7 3.5
Wii 3 4.3
Wii U Awaiting 1 votes...
Windows Mobile 4 4.1
Xbox 360 8 3.6
Combined MobyScore 221 3.6

The Press Says

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ArcadeAll Game Guide
The greatness of the game lies in its quirkily cute characters and sounds, its myriad strategies (such as digging as much dirt as possible before killing all the enemies) and its infinite maze pattern possibilities. Plus, it's simply a blast to blow up the creatures. More than 380,000 Dig Dug machines were sold in its first three years of release, cementing its reputation as a bona fide classic. Dig Dug II followed (to considerably less acclaim) in 1985.
IntellivisionThe Video Game Critic
If one element was compromised, I'd say it was the graphic quality of the monsters. Those goofy green dragons look like little kids in Barney outfits - not very intimidating! Also, those bonus vegetables come in some really bizarre shapes (the less said about that, the better). Still, this Dig Dug is a very competent port that compares extremely well to other home versions.
Atari 7800The Atari Times
I really can't find a flaw with this game. If you love the Dig Dug arcade game, this may be the best port of it out there for a classic console.
Atari 2600The Atari Times
All in all, this is a very solid title for the 2600. Dig Dug was an absolute hoot in the arcades, and this port retains the all-important gameplay of the classic very well. It's fairly common, too, so grab a copy.
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic
When many enemies congregate on the screen, they tend to flicker noticeably, but it doesn't really detract from the gameplay. The background graphics are admittedly rough, but the cycling color schemes are rather attractive. The catchy music and sound effects are pretty faithful to the arcade game. Dig Dug's gameplay is deep, and once you become good at it, you'll discover all types of strategy. Give it a try and see for yourself.
ArcadeThe Atari Times
This definitely goes under the heading of "Games That Were Made While a Programmer Was on Drugs," or at least had a good imagination. And maybe they were into horror movies too.
Atari 2600Retro4Ever
While most of the older games on the Atari, ColecoVision and other first consoles don’t offer a lot of depth, they make up for it by offering fast paced gameplay and arcade-style presentation. Dig Dug is an excellent example of blending that early arcade experience on a home console with not a lot of flaws. While there are some things that nearly every game can work on, this iteration of Atari is an enjoyable and challenging experience through and through. I recommend picking up this title in its original format, but if you don’t have an older console such as the Atari 2600, you can pick it up in a lot of compilation disks or download it onto many newer consoles via online services.
Game BoyNintendo Magazine System UK
A classic conversion of an old arcade classic. The perfect 'pick up and play' cart, and Dig Dug lovers couldn't ask for more.
Atari 5200The Video Game Critic
Dig Dug is one of the most ingenious video games of all time. It seems like the better you get, the worse you score. Experienced Dig Dug players thrive on living dangerously and take unnecessary risks -- it's in their blood. You control a little miner who digs tunnels through the ground. To clear each stage, you must eliminate all the monsters on the screen. This is done by either dropping boulders on them or inflating them until they explode. Come to think about it, that's pretty gross. You can take out several baddies with a single, well-timed boulder, but that requires planning and strategy. Dig Dug's graphics are only fair. The background looks good, but the Pookas and Fygars are single-colored and less detailed than the arcade version. They look like blobs. Oh well, at least Dig Dug plays like the original.
Atari 8-bitAtari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition
For me Dig Dug still holds just as much nostalgia for me as games like Pacman, Space Invaders and Asteroids. It also still holds up just as well today too in the gameplay department and is tremendous fun. This might not be the best version of the game out there but if you don't own an Atari 7800 then this computer version is well worth a punt.
Dig Dug is a simple game that manages to stand tall next to classics like Pac-Man and Galaga, and is required playing for any retro game fan or anyone interested in the history of video games. This particular version is about as close to the original as an 80's home port of an arcade game was ever going to get. It remains a lot of fun to play here in the distant future world of 2013. You may be better off playing Dig Dug as part of one of Namco's many arcade game collections across so many consoles, but this version was great for its era and it holds up well today.
Atari 2600TeleMatch
Den Hat-Trick in der Reihe der adaptierten Arkadenspiele landet Atari mit Dig Dug. Und auch für diese Cassette gilt das eingangs Gesagte: Exzellente Grafik, Action, Spielwitz. Was kann man mehr von einem Spiel verlangen?
NESAll Game Guide
Dig Dug is an arcade and NES classic. There has never been a game before Dig Dug or since, to capitlaize on the hyper-inflation concept. Its simple graphics and sound made it easily translatable across many different systems. Its speed and style made is fun to play. Games like Mr. Do attempted to emulate Dig Dug's style, but never catured the magic that Dig Dug was able to create with gamers.
Atari 2600All Game Guide
When porting a cute arcade title to the Atari 2600, some concessions must be made in terms of graphics. With Dig Dug, the dirt lacks texture, the pumping action is not animated, there are no flowers indicating level number, the rocks are square, and so on. However, this is merely nitpicking as this is an excellent port of the 1982 coin-op classic. The controls are responsive, the music and sound effects are faithful to the original and the fun digging, creature-killing, rock-dropping action remains intact. Yet, despite a few expected shortcomings, the graphics are actually quite nice.
Atari 7800The Video Game Critic
The vibrant colors stand in stark contrast from the washed-out look of so many other 7800 games. It's a shame the game doesn't take advantage of all the screen's real estate, instead being "cropped" on both sides. This makes the playing field feel slightly cramped, leaving the player with little room for error. The game offers a generous number of lives (five to begin), but the difficulty level is high. The pace of the game is faster than the arcade, with creatures that are very aggressive from the start. Your score is not displayed when your game ends, so be sure to catch a glimpse before the screen goes black. Dig Dug on the Atari 7800 can't quite measure up to the arcade, but it's still a heck of a lot of fun.
Xbox 360TeamXbox
Another game from that era that defies easy definition is 1982’s Dig Dug, which was also recently added to the Xbox Live Arcade catalog. I guess you could call it a “maze game,” much like Pac-Man, but the maze isn’t fixed here—it changes as you dig through the earth. There are also the added mechanics of being able to drop rocks on the creatures coming after you or pump them up until they explode, which were unique “weapons” at the time the game came out.
Atari 2600Game Freaks 365
I'm not sure exactly how many levels there are in this game, as I never managed to get past the first few, but this is a game that can be replayed not only to get a higher score, but to get to higher levels. Although it pales in comparison to the arcade version, the Atari 2600 version of Dig Dug is a game that could be well worth your time as an Atari 2600 gamer if you can't find a more arcade perfect version to play.
Xbox 360IGN
If you're a huge Dig Dug fan or haven't ever played it before, then the Xbox Live Arcade version is worth downloading. The game has been released on plenty of other compilations at a more wallet-friendly price, but the Leaderboards and Achievement points are a good reason to take another look at a classic game. Still, the price is a bit steep for a game that is 25 years old and doesn't even have the multiplayer options that the original did. At a lower price, we'd recommend Dig Dug without hesitation. It is, after all, an extremely fun and addicting game. For five dollars, Dig Dug on Live Arcade becomes more of a game for the hardcore fans and uninitiated.
TI-99/4AMicro 7
La petite taupe de « Dig Dug » a inspiré un grand nombre de jeux qui incorporent quelquefois des variations intéressantes. (« Anteater », « O'Riley's Mine », ...). Mais aucune n'a le charme de l'original.
Xbox 360Game Over Online
Dig Dug has been enhanced with high-definition support and it also includes leaderboards for those who like to boast their high scores. Surprisingly absent from this version of Dig Dug is the alternating two-player mode found in the original arcade version. When all is said and done, Dig Dug offers a nostalgic way to pass a few minutes of the day. For those gamers, young and old, who can appreciate its simplicity, that’s likely just enough.
Game BoyPower Play
Die Game-Boy-Fassung ist eine hundertprozentige Umsetzung des Arcade-Klassikers und bietet zudem eine Zusatzvariante mit neuen Features. Dank diesem Spielmodus kommen nicht nur Nostalgie-Fans auf ihre Kosten.
Xbox 360GameSpot
Namco Bandai continues to mine its library of arcade classics with Dig Dug for Xbox Live Arcade. Similar to the XBLA releases of Namco notables Galaga and Pac-Man, Dig Dug looks, sounds, and plays like it did in its original arcade cabinet. As pleasing as it is to have such a solid version of Dig Dug to play at home, it's a no-frills package, and once you've torn through the far-too-easy achievement points, there's not a lot to keep you playing.
Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
For a game that costs five dollars to download, Dig Dug is as old as it gets. The gameplay that was established in 1982 is archaic, but it’s as addictive as it ever was and will keep many players busy trying to top their friends on the Leaderboards. That’s the only place they can compete with one another unfortunately since there is absolutely no multiplayer to go along with a disappointing lack of additional content. Download this one if you’re a fan of arcade classics, but don’t expect much else than the game you grew up with.
NESVideo Game Den
But make no mistake about it - Dig Dug is a classic arcade game at heart and it will knock you to the ground. You're given three lives and the game will chew them up with ease. I still have frond memories of playing the arcade game and this Famicom version stimulated every nostalgic fiber of my being. Newcomers may find the game a bit too hard and repetitive though.
WiiEurogamer.net (UK)
Having said that Dig Dug is still a fine little game, if not quite the sort of timeless classic that can still be used to demonstrate how exquisitely simple great game design can be. You run around underground, you pump up monsters and squish them with rocks. It's cute and fun, and deserves to be remembered, but it's not something you'll keep returning to. It's no Bubble Bobble, put it that way.
WiiNintendo Life
Overall, Dig Dug is yet another good Namco arcade game. It is good fun to try and get better highscores, but be warned, because there's not a lot of variety!
Xbox 360UOL Jogos
Custando o equivalente a cinco dólares, "Dig Dug" é uma boa opção para matar saudades dos jogos da década de 80, era de ouro dos fliperamas. Para quem não viveu essa época, é um investimento justo para um grande sucesso. Mas já passou da hora da Namco aproveitar melhor os recursos do Xbox 360, principalmente no que diz respeito a lista de conquistas. Uma opção para dois jogadores também teria caído bem em "Dig Dug". Quem sabe nas próximas conversões.
Xbox 360TalkXbox
The biggest misstep that Namco Bandai made was to not include multiplayer. That addition alone could have made the game a worthy purchase. But alas, Dig Dug is an iffy prospective Xbox Live Arcade title. You should only buy it if you have that nostalgic feeling or need to boost your GamerScore in a hurry.
Xbox 360GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Unfortunately, even though it is a fun game, it's hard to justify Dig Dug as a purchase on XBLA. It is inexpensive at 400 Marketplace points, which translates to roughly five dollars. But Dig Dug can also be found on many Namco arcade collections, which normally cost twenty dollars and include anywhere from five to ten titles. Dig Dug XBLA is recommended only to diehard diggers who wish to challenge the XLBA scoreboard's greatest, but casuals can stretch their gaming dollar longer by picking up a collection of Namco classics elsewhere.
Xbox 360Gamer.nl
Waarom wel: Een kans om een klassieke game van Namco te herbeleven. De game heeft ook nu nog redelijk wat charme. De gameplay is simpel en uitdagend tegelijkertijd.
Waarom niet: De besturing is toch een beetje aan de stroeve kant. Toevoeging van savegames halen een deel van de uitdaging weg.
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
And so with nothing else to report, no extra two-player mode, no Live multiplayer creations and the most basic front end possible, Dig Dug arrives on Live pure and unaltered. As with many of gaming's most treasured old classics, it's not something you can play for too long before the retro novelty starts to wear thin. The coin-gobbling design exists to kill you off as quickly as possible, and with such a repetitive design you've soon seen all there is to see. But that said, it's a coffee break fix to remind yourself of a lost era of gaming innocence and comes for the price of a large drink in Starbucks. We still dig it.
Game BoyElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Dig Dug was a favorite from the early days of gaming so I was eager to give this soft a try. I liked the play, it's virtually the same except for an annoying scrolling mechanism that allows the cart to project a larger playfield. The controls are a bit sluggish as well. The extra Dig Dug game was nice - but not revolutionary.
And that’s Dig Dug – same as it ever was. Essentially unchanged from the arcade original, still as fun to play as ever. But while the classic appeal of Dig Dug on a nostalgic level can’t be questioned, it’s still a bit unreasonable to see it arrive on the Virtual Console in the way it has. Its inflated pricetag of 600 Wii Points and classification as an Import is laughable, and the fact that it’s already been made available with a more modern and appealing presentation on the Wii through Namco Museum Remix just further supports the argument that you should pass this Wii Shop entry by. If you’re absolutely addicted to Dig Dug, you’ll certainly be able to get your fix with a six dollar investment here. But for the sake of value and for not encouraging Nintendo to slap the Import label on games that don’t deserve it in the future, we’d recommend you give this one a pass and play Dig Dug again through one of the five old forms you’ve previously purchased it in past.
Xbox 360Video Game Talk
Simply put, Dig-Dug isn't worth the 400 Marketplace points due to lack of upgrades and the simplicity to its completion. The majority of the Xbox Live community will be able to knockout the achievements in a couple hours. The only challenge left is competing for the top spot on the leaderboard. It's unfortunate to see another disappointing Namco title hit Xbox Live arcade, but I'm sure the community is starting to get wary to their pension for run-of-the-mill ports. Gamerscore junkies are the only acceptable consumers for this title. The remainder of the Xbox Live community should stick with Doom for a bit longer.
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Dig Dug ist mit 400 MS Points preislich einer der günstigeren Titel auf dem Xbox Live Marktplatz, dennoch solltet ihr euch gut überlegen, ob euch das Spiel den Preis Wert ist, denn besonders viel geboten bekommt ihr für euer Geld nicht. Fans des Originals dürfen zugreifen, solange sie der fehlende Multiplayer nicht stört. Alle Andern lassen besser die Finger davon und sparen ihre Punkte für wesentlich bessere Titel.