Dig Dug

I’m going to say this, taking the cutesy stuff out of context this is probably the most horrific game ever made, I’ll explain when I talk about Dig Dug (or Digi Dagu), released in 1982, developed and published by Namco for Namco Galaga Hardware (so I assume that’s what Galaga was made in).

So here’s where the game gets gruesome, you play as Taizo Hori AKA Dig Dug as you bury underground to defeat your victims…I mean the enemies, Pookas, walking tomatoes with eyes and Fygars, fire-breathing dragons. So how do you defeat them…by pumping them with air until they combust! How in the hell could you find this cute or just plain funny…and don’t worry I’m not taking this seriously, but it’s hilarious that Space Invaders was considered to be a violent game by UK politics but Dig Dug gets a free pass to this day.

But with this stomach pumping action, you need tactics, you can even crush enemies to death with rocks if you dig underneath them. For some reason, the enemies can pass right through undigged dirt to catch you…so there ghosts? And when you kill all but one enemy, the last one will flee for it’s life to the top, but not before you chase him and shove your pump up his backside and keep pumping and pumping until…OK, sorry I just realised where this was going…that’s just wrong.

And that’s about it actually, the game play is very addictive and fun, whenever you start the game you get that warmth, it welcomes you to have some fun…pumping stomachs until they explode, if this is something you absolutely love to do then stop reading this and see someone. The music is little more than Dig Dug’s foot steps, so yeah, there’s that.

Did you Know? In the coin-operated (arcade) version, the game ends on round 256 (round 0), since this board is an unplayable kill screen. At the start of the level a Pooka is placed directly on top of where the player starts, with no way of killing it. Taizo Hori is the father of Mr Driller.

Overall, it holds up very well, it’s just fun to play and just addictive, and it’s also immersive at times, if you want fun arcade this is one of them. But good grief was this violent.

You can get it for the Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Intellivision, Apple II, Atari 400/800, Commodore VIC-20, Commodore 64, IBM PC, Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo Game Boy, Plug N’ Play System, Xbox Live Arcade and Virtual Console.

Rating: 5/5

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