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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 are able to 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.


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Dig Dug Atari 7800 Beginning a game
Dig Dug PC-88 First level of the less detailed, original version from 1983.
Dig Dug MSX Title screen

Promo Images

Dig Dug Screenshot
Dig Dug Screenshot
Dig Dug Screenshot
Dig Dug Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "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

Who wants to go dig-dugging today? NES Katakis | カタキス (39534)
Arcade goodness for nostalgic kids who never saw the coin-op version. PC Booter Yeah No (24)
Still -almost- gives me "misty eyes" PC Booter Iron Lord (44)
A true classic, One of my favorites NES AaronGamer (45)

Critic Reviews

All Game Guide Arcade 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic Intellivision Sep 22, 2009 A 100
The Atari Times Atari 7800 Mar 18, 2005 99 out of 100 99
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 May 02, 2017 A- 91
8-bit Central Retro Gaming Atari 2600 2011 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Game Boy Nov, 1992 61 out of 100 61
Video Game Den NES 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
TalkXbox Xbox 360 Nov 22, 2006 60 out of 100 60 (UK) Wii Sep 03, 2008 6 out of 10 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.

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