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Who wants to go dig-dugging today? NES Katakis | カタキス (39615)
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)

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Critic Reviews

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Atari 2600Woodgrain Wonderland (Dec 09, 2016)
In some ways this review writes itself because it is so reflective of my opinions on so many arcade translations for the 2600, especially those by Atari itself: no, you won’t get the graphics of the original, but the gameplay is virtually spot-on. This is especially important to me in this instance because Dig Dug is one of my favourite games of all time in any format. And playing it today in 2016 the magic is not gone – it’s still the same great Pooka-exploding, dragon-crushing, vegetable-grabbing fun it’s always been. Dare I say the clichéd words? Yes – no Atari 2600 collection is complete without it.
Instead of squashing the screen down to accommodate the orientation of the typical television set, Dig Dug has been framed with a small black border. Thus, the playfleld is taller than it is wide— the way it's presented in the arcade version. And to top this off, Atari has even managed to cram the delightful Dig Dug soundtrack into this cartridge with not a note omitted.
Commodore 64Info (Mar, 1984)
What can I say about one of my all-time favorite arcade games except that the 64 version faithfully recreates the screens, patterns, and all details of the original! Superb animation and pleasing game-play. A nice extra, is the ability to start at any screen and proceed from there. Hours of fun guaranteed!
ArcadeAll Game Guide (1998)
The greatness of the game lies in its quirkily cute characters and sounds, its myriad strategies (such as digging as much dirt as possible before killing all the enemies) and its infinite maze pattern possibilities. Plus, it's simply a blast to blow up the creatures. More than 380,000 Dig Dug machines were sold in its first three years of release, cementing its reputation as a bona fide classic. Dig Dug II followed (to considerably less acclaim) in 1985.
IntellivisionThe Video Game Critic (Sep 22, 2009)
If one element was compromised, I'd say it was the graphic quality of the monsters. Those goofy green dragons look like little kids in Barney outfits - not very intimidating! Also, those bonus vegetables come in some really bizarre shapes (the less said about that, the better). Still, this Dig Dug is a very competent port that compares extremely well to other home versions.
Atari 7800The Atari Times (Mar 18, 2005)
I really can't find a flaw with this game. If you love the Dig Dug arcade game, this may be the best port of it out there for a classic console.
Atari 2600The Atari Times (Dec 19, 2005)
All in all, this is a very solid title for the 2600. Dig Dug was an absolute hoot in the arcades, and this port retains the all-important gameplay of the classic very well. It's fairly common, too, so grab a copy.
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic (May 02, 2017)
Dig Dug is greater than the sum of its parts and knowledgeable players will devise all sorts of fun techniques
Dig Dug is awful looking, but once you get into the game play, it's visual defects are replaced with pure 80s style fun! Later versions resolved the fugly graphics, but on the 2600, its still a blast to play.
Atari 2600neXGam (Apr 02, 2014)
Ist man im Besitz eines Atari 2600, so kommt man um diesen Titel nicht herum. Mir persönlich hat die Highscore-Jagd bei Dig Dug um einiges besser gefallen als zum Beispiel bei Pac-Man. „Eine Runde noch!“, hört man sich des öfteren sagen und es kommt tatsächlich eine Art Sucht auf, welche selbst bei aktuellen Titeln immer seltener vorkommt. Kaufempfehlung!
ArcadeThe Atari Times (Apr 05, 2004)
This definitely goes under the heading of "Games That Were Made While a Programmer Was on Drugs," or at least had a good imagination. And maybe they were into horror movies too.
The only problem is with joystick control. Although it seems that you can dig anywhere in the screen, you can actually only dig in several predetermined invisible channels. Since these channels are invisible, you'll often find yourself unable to go in the direction you want, all because you are a millimeter off center. The problem is that in a game like Dig Dug even the slightest hesitation can mean the difference between life and death. Aside from this, Dig Dug is marvelous. It stands as a very good arcade-to-home translation, and as an excellent game on its own merits.
Atari 2600Retro4Ever (May 04, 2012)
While most of the older games on the Atari, ColecoVision and other first consoles don’t offer a lot of depth, they make up for it by offering fast paced gameplay and arcade-style presentation. Dig Dug is an excellent example of blending that early arcade experience on a home console with not a lot of flaws. While there are some things that nearly every game can work on, this iteration of Atari is an enjoyable and challenging experience through and through. I recommend picking up this title in its original format, but if you don’t have an older console such as the Atari 2600, you can pick it up in a lot of compilation disks or download it onto many newer consoles via online services.
Game BoyNintendo Magazine System UK (Feb, 1993)
A classic conversion of an old arcade classic. The perfect 'pick up and play' cart, and Dig Dug lovers couldn't ask for more.
Atari 2600Tilt (Jan, 1984)
Si vous êtes suffisamment vif, vous pourrez éliminer tous les occupants souterrains avant qu'ils ne s'enfuient ou ne vous attaquent.
Atari 5200The Video Game Critic (Oct 05, 2000)
Dig Dug is one of the most ingenious video games of all time. It seems like the better you get, the worse you score. Experienced Dig Dug players thrive on living dangerously and take unnecessary risks -- it's in their blood. You control a little miner who digs tunnels through the ground. To clear each stage, you must eliminate all the monsters on the screen. This is done by either dropping boulders on them or inflating them until they explode. Come to think about it, that's pretty gross. You can take out several baddies with a single, well-timed boulder, but that requires planning and strategy. Dig Dug's graphics are only fair. The background looks good, but the Pookas and Fygars are single-colored and less detailed than the arcade version. They look like blobs. Oh well, at least Dig Dug plays like the original.
80 (UK) (Oct 25, 2007)
Nostalgic gushing aside, only the staunchest fan with try to argue that the gameplay is perfect; the fact that enemies can pass from one tunnel to another without having to dig is a minor, yet almost necessary, annoyance (the game would be fair too easy otherwise) and the main character isn't the sprightliest of videogame heroes. You forgive such trifling issues after time, however, as there's just simply much enjoyment contained to hold any permanent grudges.
For me Dig Dug still holds just as much nostalgia for me as games like Pacman, Space Invaders and Asteroids. It also still holds up just as well today too in the gameplay department and is tremendous fun. This might not be the best version of the game out there but if you don't own an Atari 7800 then this computer version is well worth a punt.
NESHonestGamers (Jul 09, 2013)
Dig Dug is a simple game that manages to stand tall next to classics like Pac-Man and Galaga, and is required playing for any retro game fan or anyone interested in the history of video games. This particular version is about as close to the original as an 80's home port of an arcade game was ever going to get. It remains a lot of fun to play here in the distant future world of 2013. You may be better off playing Dig Dug as part of one of Namco's many arcade game collections across so many consoles, but this version was great for its era and it holds up well today.
Atari 2600TeleMatch (Sep, 1983)
Den Hat-Trick in der Reihe der adaptierten Arkadenspiele landet Atari mit Dig Dug. Und auch für diese Cassette gilt das eingangs Gesagte: Exzellente Grafik, Action, Spielwitz. Was kann man mehr von einem Spiel verlangen?
NESAll Game Guide (1998)
Dig Dug is an arcade and NES classic. There has never been a game before Dig Dug or since, to capitlaize on the hyper-inflation concept. Its simple graphics and sound made it easily translatable across many different systems. Its speed and style made is fun to play. Games like Mr. Do attempted to emulate Dig Dug's style, but never catured the magic that Dig Dug was able to create with gamers.
Atari 2600All Game Guide (1998)
When porting a cute arcade title to the Atari 2600, some concessions must be made in terms of graphics. With Dig Dug, the dirt lacks texture, the pumping action is not animated, there are no flowers indicating level number, the rocks are square, and so on. However, this is merely nitpicking as this is an excellent port of the 1982 coin-op classic. The controls are responsive, the music and sound effects are faithful to the original and the fun digging, creature-killing, rock-dropping action remains intact. Yet, despite a few expected shortcomings, the graphics are actually quite nice.
75 (Sep, 2014)
This is your absolute basic Dig Dug, through and through. You run around through dirt, dodge rocks and fire, and pump up creatures until they explode. With each stage, the difficulty increases: more monsters and rocks show up and they all try to escape to the surface faster. Dig Dug is generic fun and good to play for about five minutes at a time.
Atari 7800The Video Game Critic (Apr 07, 2008)
The vibrant colors stand in stark contrast from the washed-out look of so many other 7800 games. It's a shame the game doesn't take advantage of all the screen's real estate, instead being "cropped" on both sides. This makes the playing field feel slightly cramped, leaving the player with little room for error. The game offers a generous number of lives (five to begin), but the difficulty level is high. The pace of the game is faster than the arcade, with creatures that are very aggressive from the start. Your score is not displayed when your game ends, so be sure to catch a glimpse before the screen goes black. Dig Dug on the Atari 7800 can't quite measure up to the arcade, but it's still a heck of a lot of fun.
Xbox 360TeamXbox (Nov 21, 2006)
Another game from that era that defies easy definition is 1982’s Dig Dug, which was also recently added to the Xbox Live Arcade catalog. I guess you could call it a “maze game,” much like Pac-Man, but the maze isn’t fixed here—it changes as you dig through the earth. There are also the added mechanics of being able to drop rocks on the creatures coming after you or pump them up until they explode, which were unique “weapons” at the time the game came out.
Atari 2600Le Geek (2012)
Dig Dug is readily available on superior hardware, both classic and modern, so if you just want to play the game, there's really no reason to track this version down. For the 2600 fan though, you'll find a nice balance of game play and fun, especially considering the machine's limitations.
Atari 2600Game Freaks 365 (2004)
I'm not sure exactly how many levels there are in this game, as I never managed to get past the first few, but this is a game that can be replayed not only to get a higher score, but to get to higher levels. Although it pales in comparison to the arcade version, the Atari 2600 version of Dig Dug is a game that could be well worth your time as an Atari 2600 gamer if you can't find a more arcade perfect version to play.
Xbox 360IGN (Oct 11, 2006)
If you're a huge Dig Dug fan or haven't ever played it before, then the Xbox Live Arcade version is worth downloading. The game has been released on plenty of other compilations at a more wallet-friendly price, but the Leaderboards and Achievement points are a good reason to take another look at a classic game. Still, the price is a bit steep for a game that is 25 years old and doesn't even have the multiplayer options that the original did. At a lower price, we'd recommend Dig Dug without hesitation. It is, after all, an extremely fun and addicting game. For five dollars, Dig Dug on Live Arcade becomes more of a game for the hardcore fans and uninitiated.
TI-99/4AMicro 7 (Jun, 1984)
La petite taupe de « Dig Dug » a inspiré un grand nombre de jeux qui incorporent quelquefois des variations intéressantes. (« Anteater », « O'Riley's Mine », ...). Mais aucune n'a le charme de l'original.
Atari 2600Oldies Rising (Feb 13, 2014)
Dig Dug est un titre sympathique qui pèche avant tout par son manque de diversité dans les phases de jeu. Si le titre n’a pas eu la chance de rester dans les annales contrairement à Pac-Man, il a le mérite de proposer un challenge progressif et accessible. Sa place est toute indiquée dans les ludothèques des amateurs de l’Atari 2600.
Xbox 360Game Over Online (Oct 25, 2006)
Dig Dug has been enhanced with high-definition support and it also includes leaderboards for those who like to boast their high scores. Surprisingly absent from this version of Dig Dug is the alternating two-player mode found in the original arcade version. When all is said and done, Dig Dug offers a nostalgic way to pass a few minutes of the day. For those gamers, young and old, who can appreciate its simplicity, that’s likely just enough.
Game BoyPower Play (Dec, 1992)
Die Game-Boy-Fassung ist eine hundertprozentige Umsetzung des Arcade-Klassikers und bietet zudem eine Zusatzvariante mit neuen Features. Dank diesem Spielmodus kommen nicht nur Nostalgie-Fans auf ihre Kosten.
Xbox 360GameSpot (Oct 11, 2006)
Namco Bandai continues to mine its library of arcade classics with Dig Dug for Xbox Live Arcade. Similar to the XBLA releases of Namco notables Galaga and Pac-Man, Dig Dug looks, sounds, and plays like it did in its original arcade cabinet. As pleasing as it is to have such a solid version of Dig Dug to play at home, it's a no-frills package, and once you've torn through the far-too-easy achievement points, there's not a lot to keep you playing.
Xbox 360Cheat Code Central (2006)
For a game that costs five dollars to download, Dig Dug is as old as it gets. The gameplay that was established in 1982 is archaic, but it’s as addictive as it ever was and will keep many players busy trying to top their friends on the Leaderboards. That’s the only place they can compete with one another unfortunately since there is absolutely no multiplayer to go along with a disappointing lack of additional content. Download this one if you’re a fan of arcade classics, but don’t expect much else than the game you grew up with.
Game BoyVideo Games (Nov, 1992)
Besonders schwierig ist Dig Dug nicht: Habt ihr ein paar Monster ins Jenseits befördert, geht‘s schon in die nächste Runde. Erfolgserlebnlsse sind somit garantiert. Wer‘s kompliziert liebt, stürzt sich besser auf die New-Dig-Dug-Variante. Viele neue Elemente (nur mit gesammelten Schlüsseln könnt Ihr einen Level verlassen; außerdem gibt‘s Bomben, Kugeln, Quader) fordern die volle Aufmerksamkeit des Spielers. Technisch ist die Umsetzung passabel. Trotzdem macht‘s nicht nur Nostalgikern Spaß.
NESVideo Game Den (2010)
But make no mistake about it - Dig Dug is a classic arcade game at heart and it will knock you to the ground. You're given three lives and the game will chew them up with ease. I still have frond memories of playing the arcade game and this Famicom version stimulated every nostalgic fiber of my being. Newcomers may find the game a bit too hard and repetitive though.
60 (UK) (Sep 03, 2008)
Having said that Dig Dug is still a fine little game, if not quite the sort of timeless classic that can still be used to demonstrate how exquisitely simple great game design can be. You run around underground, you pump up monsters and squish them with rocks. It's cute and fun, and deserves to be remembered, but it's not something you'll keep returning to. It's no Bubble Bobble, put it that way.
WiiNintendo Life (Jun 10, 2008)
Overall, Dig Dug is yet another good Namco arcade game. It is good fun to try and get better highscores, but be warned, because there's not a lot of variety!
Xbox 360UOL Jogos (Oct 13, 2006)
Custando o equivalente a cinco dólares, "Dig Dug" é uma boa opção para matar saudades dos jogos da década de 80, era de ouro dos fliperamas. Para quem não viveu essa época, é um investimento justo para um grande sucesso. Mas já passou da hora da Namco aproveitar melhor os recursos do Xbox 360, principalmente no que diz respeito a lista de conquistas. Uma opção para dois jogadores também teria caído bem em "Dig Dug". Quem sabe nas próximas conversões.
Xbox 360TalkXbox (Nov 22, 2006)
The biggest misstep that Namco Bandai made was to not include multiplayer. That addition alone could have made the game a worthy purchase. But alas, Dig Dug is an iffy prospective Xbox Live Arcade title. You should only buy it if you have that nostalgic feeling or need to boost your GamerScore in a hurry.
Xbox (GAF) (May 14, 2007)
Unfortunately, even though it is a fun game, it's hard to justify Dig Dug as a purchase on XBLA. It is inexpensive at 400 Marketplace points, which translates to roughly five dollars. But Dig Dug can also be found on many Namco arcade collections, which normally cost twenty dollars and include anywhere from five to ten titles. Dig Dug XBLA is recommended only to diehard diggers who wish to challenge the XLBA scoreboard's greatest, but casuals can stretch their gaming dollar longer by picking up a collection of Namco classics elsewhere.
Xbox (Feb 23, 2007)
Waarom wel: Een kans om een klassieke game van Namco te herbeleven. De game heeft ook nu nog redelijk wat charme. De gameplay is simpel en uitdagend tegelijkertijd.
Waarom niet: De besturing is toch een beetje aan de stroeve kant. Toevoeging van savegames halen een deel van de uitdaging weg.
Xbox (UK) (Oct 16, 2006)
And so with nothing else to report, no extra two-player mode, no Live multiplayer creations and the most basic front end possible, Dig Dug arrives on Live pure and unaltered. As with many of gaming's most treasured old classics, it's not something you can play for too long before the retro novelty starts to wear thin. The coin-gobbling design exists to kill you off as quickly as possible, and with such a repetitive design you've soon seen all there is to see. But that said, it's a coffee break fix to remind yourself of a lost era of gaming innocence and comes for the price of a large drink in Starbucks. We still dig it.
Dig Dug was a favorite from the early days of gaming so I was eager to give this soft a try. I liked the play, it's virtually the same except for an annoying scrolling mechanism that allows the cart to project a larger playfield. The controls are a bit sluggish as well. The extra Dig Dug game was nice - but not revolutionary.
Commodore 64Zzap! (Aug, 1985)
I enjoyed this as I haven't seen Dig Dug for quite a few years and it was nice to play and reminisce about the old days; but if you haven't played it before then have a look before buying it, you may not like it.
WiiIGN (Jun 12, 2008)
And that’s Dig Dug – same as it ever was. Essentially unchanged from the arcade original, still as fun to play as ever. But while the classic appeal of Dig Dug on a nostalgic level can’t be questioned, it’s still a bit unreasonable to see it arrive on the Virtual Console in the way it has. Its inflated pricetag of 600 Wii Points and classification as an Import is laughable, and the fact that it’s already been made available with a more modern and appealing presentation on the Wii through Namco Museum Remix just further supports the argument that you should pass this Wii Shop entry by. If you’re absolutely addicted to Dig Dug, you’ll certainly be able to get your fix with a six dollar investment here. But for the sake of value and for not encouraging Nintendo to slap the Import label on games that don’t deserve it in the future, we’d recommend you give this one a pass and play Dig Dug again through one of the five old forms you’ve previously purchased it in past.
Xbox 360Video Game Talk (Oct 11, 2006)
Simply put, Dig-Dug isn't worth the 400 Marketplace points due to lack of upgrades and the simplicity to its completion. The majority of the Xbox Live community will be able to knockout the achievements in a couple hours. The only challenge left is competing for the top spot on the leaderboard. It's unfortunate to see another disappointing Namco title hit Xbox Live arcade, but I'm sure the community is starting to get wary to their pension for run-of-the-mill ports. Gamerscore junkies are the only acceptable consumers for this title. The remainder of the Xbox Live community should stick with Doom for a bit longer.
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD) (Feb 09, 2008)
Dig Dug ist mit 400 MS Points preislich einer der günstigeren Titel auf dem Xbox Live Marktplatz, dennoch solltet ihr euch gut überlegen, ob euch das Spiel den Preis Wert ist, denn besonders viel geboten bekommt ihr für euer Geld nicht. Fans des Originals dürfen zugreifen, solange sie der fehlende Multiplayer nicht stört. Alle Andern lassen besser die Finger davon und sparen ihre Punkte für wesentlich bessere Titel.
Atari 8-bitHappy Computer (Jul, 1984)
„Dig Dug“ ist ein abwechslungsreiches Spiel, das Anforderungen nicht nur an die Hände, sondern auch ans Köpfchen stellt. Es bleibt deshalb lange Zeit sehr unterhaltsam, und man holt es gern immer wieder hervor. Einzig die Grafik der hier vorgestellten Version für Atari-Computer vermag ein verwöhntes Auge nicht voll zu überzeugen. Da ist das einfachere, dafür aber schärfere Bild der gleichnamigen Videospielausgabe für den Atari VCS 2600 bei meiner jugendlichen Testrunde eindeutig besser angekommen.