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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.
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.
This is your absolute basic Dig Dug, through and through. You run around through dirt, dodge rocks and fire, and pump up creatures until they explode. With each stage, the difficulty increases: more monsters and rocks show up and they all try to escape to the surface faster. Dig Dug is generic fun and good to play for about five minutes at a time.
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.