Gold/Datasoft, £9.95 cass, £14.95 disk, joystick
Dig Dug is the grandfather of all digging/tunnelling
games and has spawned all sorts of games like Mr
Do and Boulderdash.
appeared in the arcades during 1982 and presented a
novel new sort of game and consequently gathered quite
a following. It's a simple tunnelling/drop the rocks
on the baddies game which involves quite a bit of pattern
work to successfully complete a screen.
you start a game, your man appears on the surface of
the ground at the top of the screen and digs his way
through the earth in the middle. The game then starts
playing properly. You have to destroy all the creatures
on the screen by either blowing them up with your pump
gun, or dropping a rock on them to advance to another
screen. The creatures which inhabit this underground
world are the fat Pookas and the fire-breathing Fygar
dragons, both of which chase you and will kill you if
they catch you.
DUG, another old arcade favourite from
US Gold, features satisfyingly repulsive
explosions when you hit a nasty.
best way to tackle a screen is to dig your way through
the screen and form tunnels, if there are no tunnels
the baddies will mutate and start to burrow through
the earth towards you. If they are burrowing, then you
can't use your pump gun against them, but if there is
a tunnel between you and them they have to revert to
normal and are vulnerable. To use your pump gun, allow
a Pooka or Fygar (beware it doesn't breathe fire on
you) to get near and press the fire button quickly.
This will pump them up with air and they will grow and
grow until they burst. If there are horrors on your
tail, then burrow upwards through the earth towards
a rock. Once you have reached the rock, move left or
right and it will fall onto the unsuspecting hostiles.
You can't push rocks about like Boulderdash so
this is the only way to squash the baddies.
At a random time during the screen, a fruit will appear
in the centre of the screen. Collect this and you will
earn a bonus points. Although the fruit is only worth
100 points on the first screen, it soon becomes well
worth collecting, a nice 8,000 points is earned for
collecting a Pineapple.