Dig Dug

Platforms: Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit, Casio PV-1000, Commodore 64, Commodore VIC-20, Fujitsu FM-7, Game Boy, IBM PC/Compatibles, Intellivision, MSX, NES / Famicom, PC-6000 Series, PC-8000 Series, PC-8800 Series, Sharp X1, Sord M5, TI-99/4A


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Fixed / Flip Screen


Arcade version of Dig Dug
Arcade version of Dig Dug
Dig Dug is an arcade action game for one or two players (alternating). The goal of the game is to progress through the levels by destroying all of the opponents. Players begin with a limited number of lives and the game ends when all lives are lost.


The game is viewed with a cutaway section of land with several layers of dirt visible and the surface near the top of the screen. The player controls Dig Dug, the main character who is able to dig through the dirt and is equipped with an air pump for defense. The goal on each level is to defeat all of the enemies on the screen. Enemies can be defeated by dropping one of the randomly located rocks on them, or by using the air pump to inflate them until they pop. Two types of enemies appear on each level:
  • Pookas:
    Red, spherical creatures wearing goggles. Pookas can run faster than Dig Dug and are adept at surrounding him.
  • Fygars:
    Dragonlike creatures that occasionally breathe fire. They do not run as fast as Pookas, but their fire breath is deadly to Dig Dug.
Usually the enemies can only travel in areas that have been cleared of dirt, but they also have the ability to turn into ghosts and move freely in the playfield.

Points are earned in the game by clearing dirt, defeating enemies, and collecting the bonus vegetable that may appear temporarily in the screen. More points are earned in the lower levels of dirt than the upper ones.

As the game progresses the difficulty is increased by additional enemies being added to the screen, the enemies move faster and are able to turn into ghosts more often, and enemies are more skilled at dodging attacks.
Dig Dug Characters


Platform: Atari 2600
Programmed by: Douglas B. Macrae
Cover artwork by: Gus Allen
Platform: Atari 7800
Programmed by: Noellie Alito, Ava-Robin Cohen
Cover artwork by: Gus Allen
Platform: TI-99/4A
Programmed by: James G. Landowski


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Dig Dug
Arcade Version


Instruction Manual
Apple II
Instruction Manual
Atari 2600
1983 European release
Instruction Manual
Atari 2600
1987 North American release
Instruction Manual
Atari 2600
1988 release
Instruction Manual
Atari 5200
Instruction Manual
Atari 7800
Instruction Manual
Atari 8-bit
Instruction Manual
Commodore 64
Instruction Manual
IBM PC/Compatibles
Instruction Manual


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