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Mr. Driller's world has been covered with mysterious blocks. Armed with only a mighty drill, you'll have to dig your way down to safety before his air supply runs out!

Mr. Driller is a real-time puzzle game that relies solely on quick-thinking and a bit of planning. The gameplay is a combination of Tetris and Boulder Dash: You have to drill down through multi-colored blocks to reach the bottom while avoiding the consequences of reckless drilling; blocks left without a foundation will drop down after a while, potentially crushing Mr. Driller. As the hero's air supply is depleted with time, the player must regularly grab oxygen pick-ups. Some of the blocks are "X-Blocks", which take a few tries to drill through and take away a large chunk of the player's air if destroyed. If four or more X-Blocks come in contact with each other, they vanish and leave behind a small blue creature "Chisokojin", which grants 765 points when picked up.

There are two scenarios in the game, the "2500ft" and "5000ft challenge" (called "500m" and "1000m" in the Japanese version), which are five and ten levels long respectively.


Mr. Driller Windows Arcade Game, 1st level
Mr. Driller WonderSwan Color A precarious situation.
Mr. Driller Game Boy Color And next type of blocks
Mr. Driller Game Boy Color ...bigger than other

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Alternate Titles

  • "ミスタードリラー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

How could ANYONE pass up this game?? PlayStation Satoshi Kunsai (2085)

Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation Oct 07, 2005 9 out of 10 90
IGN Dreamcast Jun 28, 2000 8.6 out of 10 86
NowGamer Dreamcast Jun 25, 2000 8.6 out of 10 86
IGN PlayStation May 23, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Sep, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Consoles Plus Dreamcast Aug, 2000 70 out of 100 70
Video Games PlayStation Sep, 2000 62 out of 100 62
All Game Guide PlayStation 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Vortex Game Boy Color 2000 60 out of 100 60
GameSpot Dreamcast Jul 06, 2000 5.6 out of 10 56


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1001 Video Games

Mr. Driller appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Mr. Driller spawned a Japan only sequel, called Mr. Driller GREAT! The biggest differences included multiple player characters, a new Story Mode, and enhanced and tighter gameplay.

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