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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.


Dig Dug Atari 2600 Starting a new game
Dig Dug Atari 2600 On the run from many enemies
Dig Dug Atari 2600 Title screen
Dig Dug Atari 2600 Digging your own maze...

Promo Images

Dig Dug Screenshot
Dig Dug Screenshot
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Dig Dug Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "DIG DUG for 6000" -- PC-6001 title
  • "Dig-Dug" -- Apple II in-game title
  • "DigDug" -- PC Booter in-game title
  • "Arcade Game Series: Dig Dug" -- Steam release
  • "ディグダグ" -- Japanese Spelling

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Woodgrain Wonderland Dec 09, 2016 A+ 100
8-bit Central Retro Gaming 2011 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
neXGam Apr 02, 2014 8.8 out of 10 88
Tilt Jan, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
TeleMatch Sep, 1983 2 out of 6 80
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Le Geek 2012 3.5 out of 5 70
Game Freaks 365 2004 7 out of 10 70
Oldies Rising Feb 13, 2014 13 out of 20 65
Retro Archives Apr 21, 2021 12 out of 20 60


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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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