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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 Sharp X1 Dropping two rocks on stage will make a vegetable bonus appear, in this case a cucumber
Dig Dug NES Popping baddie
Dig Dug Game Boy Advance Title Screen
Dig Dug VIC-20 Blasting an enemy

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* (38320)
Arcade goodness for nostalgic kids who never saw the coin-op version. PC Booter Yeah No (21)
Still -almost- gives me "misty eyes" PC Booter Iron Lord (44)
A true classic, One of my favorites NES AaronGamer (42)

Critic Reviews

The Atari Times Atari 7800 Mar 18, 2005 99 out of 100 99
The Atari Times Arcade Apr 05, 2004 88 out of 100 88
Retro4Ever Atari 2600 May 04, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
Nintendo Magazine System UK Game Boy Feb, 1993 84 out of 100 84
Game Over Online Xbox 360 Oct 25, 2006 65 out of 100 65
Power Play Game Boy Dec, 1992 63 out of 100 63
Cheat Code Central Xbox 360 2006 3.1 out of 5 62
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
Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Feb 09, 2008 4.2 out of 10 42


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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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