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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 Survival Mode, 1st level, "normal" setting
Mr. Driller Windows Time Attack mode lets you choose from various levels. There are some which need to be unlocked.
Mr. Driller Windows The game also offers the choice of playing in "Arcade Cabinet" mode if you should choose to not want to play in the max resolution of 640x480.
Mr. Driller Windows The Mr.Driller introductory story

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Alternate Titles

  • "ミスタードリラー" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Game Over Online May 19, 2001 85 out of 100 85
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PC Action (Germany) Jun, 2001 74 out of 100 74


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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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