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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.


Dig Dug Arcade Pumping the monster
Dig Dug Casio PV-1000 Inflating a dragon
Dig Dug Atari 8-bit Higher Level (1983 release)
Dig Dug Xbox 360 Dig under rocks to make them fall down.

Promo Images

Dig Dug Screenshot
Dig Dug Screenshot
Dig Dug Screenshot
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

Still -almost- gives me "misty eyes" PC Booter Iron Lord (44)
Who wants to go dig-dugging today? NES Katakis | カタキス (41272)
Arcade goodness for nostalgic kids who never saw the coin-op version. PC Booter Yeah No (24)
A true classic, One of my favorites NES AaronGamer (45)

Critic Reviews

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
neXGam Atari 2600 Apr 02, 2014 8.8 out of 10 88
All Game Guide NES 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 (UK) Arcade Oct 25, 2007 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) NES Jul 09, 2013 8 out of 10 80
The Game Hoard Arcade Jan 26, 2020 5 out of 7 71
Nintendo Life Wii Jun 10, 2008 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Zzap! Commodore 64 Aug, 1985 54 out of 100 54


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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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