I was and still am a huge fan of classic arcade games. I have fond memories of playing games such as, Centipede, Space Invaders, Mike Tyson’s Punchout and Mortal Kombat to name a few. One classic arcade game that always stuck in my head was Dig Dug which was published by Namco in 1982. The game was released for many consoles over the years such as, the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, the Colecovision, the NES, Nintendo DS and even on mobile devices. However, nothing can replace playing dig dug on the original arcade machine. How well does this classic game hold up 30 years later? Read the review to find out!
Dig Dug doesn’t have a special or memorable story. You play as a character named Dig Dug who would later be known as Tori Haizo. Your objective is to destroy dragons known as Fygar and Pookas which are creatures that resemble large tomatoes. Why are you destroying underground creatures? That’s of no significance because what is of significance in Dig Dug is the memorable gameplay which is where the game succeeds greatly.
You dig your away underground while destroying said enemies using a bike pump. Enemies can be destroyed by dropping boulders on them which gains you more points. You get points for collecting items such as, fruit and vegetables and for blowing up enemies. Points can also be gained by simply digging underground. Enemies can even turn into ghosts giving them the ability to travel through the dirt. The early levels start off pretty easy. However, later levels crank up the difficulty as the enemies move faster and swarm you which will test your quick reflexes.
Graphics-wise the game looks great. The game is vibrant and colorful. The characters are very well designed. The levels are pretty detailed. The characters are animated nicely as well. Even after all these years the game looks really good.
The music is catchy and fun to listen to. However, it doesn’t change as you progress through the game which would’ve been a nice touch. The sound that the game makes when a boulder crushes an enemy is very satisfying. Blowing up an enemy also sounds great. I also enjoyed the death sounds that the enemies make when they blow up.
Dig Dug is a very fun game. The story doesn’t matter because the gameplay is so great. Blowing up enemies and dropping boulders on them is really fun. The levels crank up the difficulty in later stages which is nice. The game looks great and is colorful. Characters are very well animated. The game features some catchy music although it doesn’t change while you progress through the game. Dig Dug is simply one of the best games ever and it brings back some fond memories for me.