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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 Game Boy Color New frontier
Mr. Driller PlayStation After some digging the blocks switch colors.
Mr. Driller WonderSwan Color Title screen
Mr. Driller WonderSwan Color Name entry.

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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 (2077)

Critic Reviews

Gaming Entertainment Monthly PlayStation Sep, 2000 75 out of 100 75 Dreamcast Dec 20, 2000 71 out of 100 71
Svenska PlayStation Magasinet PlayStation Oct, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Consoles Plus PlayStation Sep, 2000 70 out of 100 70
Consoles Plus Dreamcast Aug, 2000 70 out of 100 70
Video Games Dreamcast Dec, 2000 67 out of 100 67 PlayStation Sep 18, 2000 13 out of 20 65
Playmag PlayStation Oct, 2000 12 out of 20 60
All Game Guide PlayStation 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Mega Fun PlayStation Sep, 2000 56 out of 100 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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