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Mr. Driller

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Mr. Driller's world has been covered with mysterious blocks. Armed with only a mighty drill, you'll have to dig your way down to safety before his air supply runs out!

Mr. Driller is a real-time puzzle game that relies solely on quick-thinking and a bit of planning. The gameplay is a combination of Tetris and Boulder Dash: You have to drill down through multi-colored blocks to reach the bottom while avoiding the consequences of reckless drilling; blocks left without a foundation will drop down after a while, potentially crushing Mr. Driller. As the hero's air supply is depleted with time, the player must regularly grab oxygen pick-ups. Some of the blocks are "X-Blocks", which take a few tries to drill through and take away a large chunk of the player's air if destroyed. If four or more X-Blocks come in contact with each other, they vanish and leave behind a small blue creature "Chisokojin", which grants 765 points when picked up.

There are two scenarios in the game, the "2500ft" and "5000ft challenge" (called "500m" and "1000m" in the Japanese version), which are five and ten levels long respectively.


  • ใƒŸใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒ‰ใƒชใƒฉใƒผ - Japanese spelling

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Credits (Arcade version)

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Programing (ใทใ‚ใใ‚‰ใฟใ‚“ใ)
Graphics (ใใ‚‰ใตใƒใฃใใ™)
Sound (ใ•ใ†ใ‚“ใฉ)
  • Go Shiina (ใ—ใ„ใช ใพใ•ใ‚‹)
Voice (ใผใ„ใ™)
Title Logo & Package Design (ใŸใ„ใจใ‚‹ ใ‚ใ‚“ใฉ ใฑใฃใ‘ใƒผใ˜ใงใ–ใ„ใ‚“)
Product Promotion (ใทใ‚ใ ใใจ ใทใ‚ใ‚‚ใƒผใ—ใ‚‡ใ‚“)
Production Assistants (ใทใ‚ใ ใใ—ใ‚‡ใ‚“ ใ‚ใ—ใ™ใŸใ‚“ใจ)
Program Support (ใทใ‚ใใ‚‰ใ‚€ ใ•ใฝใƒผใจ)
Special Thanks (ใ™ใบใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‹ ใ•ใ‚“ใใ™)
Product Manager (ใทใ‚ใ ใใจ ใพใญใƒผใ˜ใ‚ƒใƒผ)
  • Hajime Nakatani (ใชใ‹ใŸใซ ใฏใ˜ใ‚)
  • Masuya Oishi (ใŠใŠใ„ใ— ใพใ™ใ‚„)
Producer (ใทใ‚ใงใ‚…ใƒผใ•ใƒผ)
Executive Producer (ใˆใใœใใฆใƒใถ ใทใ‚ใงใ‚…ใƒผใ•ใƒผ)
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1001 Video Games

Mr. Driller appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Mr. Driller spawned a Japan only sequel, called Mr. Driller GREAT! The biggest differences included multiple player characters, a new Story Mode, and enhanced and tighter gameplay.

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  • MobyGames ID: 4348


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by David Mackenzie.

PS Vita, PSP, PlayStation 3 added by Fred VT. Arcade added by 666gonzo666. PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 added by firefang9212. Windows added by xroox. WonderSwan Color added by Opipeuter.

Additional contributors: Satoshi Kunsai, DreinIX, Zaibatsu, FatherJack.

Last modified March 5th, 2023.