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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 PC-88 Title screen for original PC-8801 version
Dig Dug PC Booter Select Joystick / Full color mode (Atarisoft version)
Dig Dug NES Blowing a dragon up
Dig Dug Windows Mobile Settings (1.10)

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 (42781)
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

Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Atari 5200 Feb, 1984 4 out of 4 100
Retro Archives Game Boy Apr 21, 2021 16.5 out of 20 82
Retro Archives Commodore 64 Apr 21, 2021 14.5 out of 20 72
IGN Xbox 360 Oct 11, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Game Boy Dec, 1992 63 out of 100 63
Cheat Code Central Xbox 360 2006 3.1 out of 5 62 (UK) Wii Sep 03, 2008 6 out of 10 60 (UK) Xbox 360 Oct 16, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Happy Computer Atari 8-bit Jul, 1984 Unscored Unscored
JoyStik Arcade Nov, 1982 Unscored Unscored


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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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