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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.