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Dig Dug

aka: Arcade Archives: Dig Dug, Arcade Game Series: Dig Dug, DIG DUG for 6000, Dig-Dug, DigDug

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Dig 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 can 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.


  • アーケードアーカイブス ディグダグ - Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • ディグダグ - Japanese spelling

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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Dig Dug appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Arcade version

In 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.)


Dig Dug was one of the "Fabulous Eleven" launch games for the Atari 7800.

Information also contributed by PCGamer77, Nélio and FatherJack

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Game added by Trixter.

Casio PV-1000 added by Rola. TI-99/4A added by Corn Popper. Intellivision, Atari 2600, Game Boy, NES, Commodore 64 added by PCGamer77. Wii U added by Michael Cassidy. Nintendo 3DS added by CrankyStorming. Nintendo Switch added by Rik Hideto. PC-8000, FM-7, Sharp X1 added by Infernos. BlackBerry added by firefang9212. Windows added by Evolyzer. Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 added by Sciere. PC-6001 added by Andrew Foldi. BREW, J2ME added by Kabushi. MSX added by Martin Smith. Atari 8-bit added by ZZip. Game Boy Advance added by Freeman. Wii added by gamewarrior. PC-88 added by Terok Nor. Arcade added by The cranky hermit. VIC-20, Apple II, Atari 7800, Atari 5200 added by Servo. Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Sord M5 added by Игги Друге.

Additional contributors: Satoshi Kunsai, Katakis | カタキス, monkeyislandgirl, Nélio, formercontrib, Cantillon, Patrick Bregger, Starbuck the Third, Rik Hideto, FatherJack, Evolyzer, Andrew Foldi.

Game added May 26th, 1999. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.