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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 NES Another dragon gets caught
Dig Dug NES Popping baddie
Dig Dug NES Level 2
Dig Dug NES Squashing with a rock

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

Who wants to go dig-dugging today? Katakis | カタキス (42690) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
A true classic, One of my favorites AaronGamer (45) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Jul 09, 2013 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retro Archives Apr 21, 2021 15.5 out of 20 78 Sep, 2014 B 75
Video Game Den 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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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