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Dig Dug (NES)

Dig Dug NES Title Screen

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Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    Dig tunnels and defeat enemies. Use your harpoon to inflate and pop enemies or crush them with rocks! Earn bonus points by crushing multiple enemies with one rock!

    DIG DUG was released in 1981, and became an instant hit with its innovative game play and quirky music.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (12592) on Sep 11, 2010.

Back of Box - 2600 (UK):
    Create your own maze as you tunnel fearlessly through the earth. Your goal: to dig up the tasty vegetables that sprout underground. Devilish ghosts, Pookas, and fierce, fire-breathing dragons try to block your way. For one player.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Jun 21, 2007.

Atari 2600 Stars catalog 1982:
    You'll dig DIG DUG, the new ground-breaking game from Atari. Tunnel through and underground maze to help the dauntless little miner, Dig Dug, escape from Fygar, a fierce fire-breathing dragon, and Pooka, an animated balloon! Squash your foes by tunneling beneath underground boulders - you escape just in time, but Fygar and Pooka... SPLAT! Or, use your underground compressor to pump up the bad guys until they explode! CX2677

    (Estimated availability June, 1983)

    Contributed by RKL (5614) on Jan 03, 2004.

Atari Catalog 1984 (Atari 5200 version):
    The cheerful miner DIG DUG, only wants to unearth his beloved fruits and veggies in this unique "make your own maze game. But first you must help him pop the dragons and monsters that guard them.
    CX5211

    Contributed by RKL (5614) on Jan 03, 2004.

Atari Catalog 1984 (Atari 2600 version):
    DIG DUG
    Help DIG DUG tunnel beneath the ground for his beloved veggies, in a challenging "make your own maze" game. But be on the lookout for Fygar the dragon and his buddy, Pooka. These guys can destroy DIG DUG unless he explodes them first.
    CX2677

    Contributed by RKL (5614) on Jan 03, 2004.

Atari 5200 Supersystem catalog 1983:
    The subterranean pests, Pooka and Fygar, are after you! Become and underground hero and help Dig Dug burrow a maze and pump the bad guys until they explode!
    CX5211 (available summer '83)

    Contributed by RKL (5614) on Jan 03, 2004.

Atari 7800 Advantage catalog (1988):
    Dig Dug
    by Namco
    Help Dig Dug tunnel underground for his beloved veggies in this make-your-own-maze game. But look out for Fygar and his buddy Pooka. These guys will destroy Dig Dug unless he smashes them first.
    CX7803 / Controller / 1 or 2 P

    Contributed by RKL (5614) on Jan 03, 2004.

Atari catalog 1984 - (Atari 7800 version):
    DIG DUG Create your own maze as you guide the cheerful miner in search of his favorite fruits and veggies. But beware the dragons and monsters that guard them, for they can destroy you if you don't explode them first. CX7803

    Contributed by RKL (5614) on Jan 03, 2004.

Description from manual (Atari 2600):
    GAME OBJECTIVE and notes from the underground:

    You are Dig Dug, the underground miner. With your jet-powered shovel, you create intricate, subterranean mazes. Ever on the watch for vegetable prizes, you must also look out for the fierce Fygar and mean Pooka that lurk underground. Their touch kills| Worse, these two meanies can transform into spooky ghosts that will appear out of nowhere and haunt you to death.

    Use your Joystick Controller to dig through the earth in this one-player game. Your objective: Destroy the meanies who lurk below and uproot the prized produce. Destroy meanies by using the fire button on your controller to pump them up until they burst or by drooping boulders on them. To get the valuable vegetable, dig to it as soon as it appears and cover it completely by moving Dig Dug over it.

    Each round is completed when you destroy all the meanies or when the last one escapes. The game ends when you lose all your lives.

    Contributed by RKL (5614) on Jan 03, 2004.

Back of box (Atari 2600):
    Create your own maze as you tunnel fearlessly through the earth. Your goal: Reap tasty vegetables worth healthy points. Your enemies: ghosts who want to bury you alive, fierce fire-breathing dragons, and mean balloon - like bullies! Can you dig it? Here's the exciting home version of the celebrated coin-op original.

    * ATARI brings home another arcade hit!
    * Earth-shaking concept: Create your own tunnels!
    * Vibrant screens and colors!
    * Bursting with spirited challenge!
    * Arcade-like sound effects!
    * FOR USE WITH THE ATARI 2600 SERIES SYSTEMS, AND THE SEARS VIDEO ARCADE AND VIDEO ARCADE II SYSTEMS.
    * ONE PLAYER
    * EASY-PLAY OPTION FOR BEGINNERS
    * TWO SKILL VARIATIONS
    * Use your Joystick Controller with this ATARI Game Program cartridge.
    

    Contributed by RKL (5614) on Jan 03, 2004.

Back of box (Atari 5200):
    Welcome to the underground world of DIG DUG! You get all the action and graphics of the arcade - along with your favorite fiends POOKA, the bug-eyed balloon, and FYGAR, the fire-breathing dragon. Avoid these subterranean creatures as you tunnel through the earth in search of hidden treasure - but don't let them catch you! Blow them up with your pump, or drop rocks on them to escape their evil clutches. Keep digging, and you'll hit pay dirt!

    THIS CARTRIDGE CAN ONLY BE USED WITH THE ATARI 5200 SUPERSYSTEM
    
    * FOR ONE OR TWO PLAYERS
    * 12 SKILL LEVELS
    * CREATE YOUR OWN MAZE!
    * ATARI BRINGS HOME ANOTHER ARCADE HIT!
    * Use your 5200 controllers with this ATARI game cartridge.
    * For use with the North American and other NTSC Television sets only
    * Model 5211
    

    Contributed by RKL (5614) on Jan 03, 2004.

Back of box (Atari 7800):
    Make your way through layers of squishy earth. Gobble up delicious fruits and vegetables - worth healthy points - as you tunnel through

    And watch out for the firebreathing Fygars and mischievous Pookas. They're out to bury you alive!

    * Infinite number of tunneling patterns.
    * For 1 or 2 players.
    * 2 skill levels.
    

    Contributed by RKL (5614) on Jan 03, 2004.

Atari 5200 Super System Catalog 1983:
    The subterranean pests, Pooka and Fygar, are after you! Become an underground hero and help Dig Dug burrow a maze and pump the bad guys until they explode!

    Contributed by RKL (5614) on Dec 17, 2003.

Description from Intellivision catalog:
    Burrow your way through a maze of subterranean passages, hunting the deadly Pooka and the fire-breathing Fygar! Break into their tunnels, shoot 'em with your air hose, pump 'em up and...POP! Simple? Not exactly, because now they're after you! Run away! Dig under that rock just ahead...time it just right...BAM! The rock falls on Fygar! All the thrills and fun of the original arcade hit!

    Contributed by RKL (5614) on Sep 18, 2003.

Back Cover:
    DIG DUG DIGS FRUITS, VEGETABLES... AND TUNNELS

    THE THRILL OF THE ARCADE GAME


    Dodging and blasting Pookas, and dropping rocks on fire-breathing Fygars; Dig Dug burrows his way through a maze of subterranean paths. Ripe fruits and veggies, loaded with points, are his passion. But the evil denizens of the underground pack a potentially lethal wallop, and can hide behind fruits. Even when Dig Dug kills them, they may come back as ghosts. Ghosts don't need tunnels and are harder to kill. Luckily, when the chips are down, they turn out to be cowards... and worth points.

    Contributed by Trixter (8739) on May 26, 1999.