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Dig Dug
Box artwork for Dig Dug.
Japanese title ディグダグ
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s)
Distributor(s) Xbox Live Arcade, Wii Virtual Console
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action
System(s) Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit, Intellivision, Commodore 64/128, Commodore VIC-20, Apple II, Family Computer Disk System, MS-DOS, MSX, NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, ColecoVision, TI-99/4A, Xbox 360, Wii, Mobile
Players 1–2
Rating(s)
ESRB: ESRB E.png Everyone
Followed by Dig Dug II
Series Dig Dug
Neoseeker Related Pages
This is the first game in the Dig Dug series. For other games in the series see the Dig Dug category.
Dig Dug marquee

Dig Dug is a fondly-remembered game from the early days of the arcades. The game featured bright colorful animation, and a catchy tune that was only heard as long as Dig Dug was still in motion. After creating an international sensation with Pac-Man, Namco tried to cash in on other maze game concepts, but none of the succeeded quite as well as the original. As an alternative take on the genre, Dig Dug examines how much fun it might be to allow the player to make his (or her) own mazes. It turned out that many people thought it was a lot of fun. It runs on Namco's Galaga hardware (three Zilog Z80 processors run at 3.125 MHz).

Another more imaginative aspects of the game was the way in which Dig Dug eliminates his enemies. He attaches a pump to the body of an enemy and pumps them full of air until they explode. Dig Dug has recently been reinvented by Namco due to the popularity of the Mr. Driller series, casting Dig Dug as Taizo Hori, the father of Mr. Driller. But it is yellow goggle wearing tomato character named Pooka, that has received the lion's share of popularity in Japan, who has cameos and guest appearances in several other Namco games (including Sky Kid, Sky Kid Deluxe and Tinkle Pit - the last one also features many other cameos).

To bring this game over from Japan to the United States, Namco turned to Atari instead of Midway Games, to whom Namco had licensed their rights to distribute Galaxian, Pac-Man, Rally-X, and Bosconian. Atari did a good job promoting the game as one of the highlights in their licensed library, and they brought the game home to several systems to answer the considerable demand.

Dig Dug's vegetable garden is being invaded by pesky Pookas and fire-breathing Fygars. He must dig underneath the garden's surface and pump them full of air with his trusty pump, and exterminate all of the nuisances before moving on to the next patch.

Table of Contents

editDig Dug series

Dig Dug · II · Arrangement · Digging Strike

Spin-offs: Mr. Driller