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Name: Dig Dug|
Game Specific: Dig Dug Pinout
Number of Simultaneous Players: 1
Sound: Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Dig Dug Description
Dig Dug was produced by Atari in 1982.
Atari released 139 different machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972.
Other machines made by Atari during the time period Dig Dug was produced include Gravitar, Space Duel, Xevious, Quantum, Millipede, Neutron Star, Pipeline, Tempest, Maze Invaders, and Tempest Tubes.
Dig Dug - KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.83 (25 votes)
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Cabinet InformationThe cocktail version features two control panels, each with a fourway joystick and a Pump button on the left and righthand side of the stick. The 13inch Electrohome color raster monitor is mounted vertically and the screen image flips for each player. The top glass features the game instructions, point values and cartoon renditions of Fygar, Pooka and Dig Dug.
Cabinet Style Weights and Measures
Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter EggsGet either a Pooka or Fygar right on your tail, then pump him up but not so much that he explodes. Do this right near a rockbe warned that this is rather tricky. The idea is to loosen the rock when the enemy is almost fully inflated, get out of the way, then do a quick reverse and finish off the enemy at exactly the same time as he is crushed by the rock avoiding the rock yourself, of course. This will confuse the game and all enemies on the current level will disappear leaving you to aimlessly dig tunnels through the dirt. You will not progress to the next level until you drop another rock.
Game IntroductionThe game has an amusing cast of characters. The two enemies are Pooka and Fygar. Pookas are animated red tomatoes with yellow sunglasses and Fygars are green dragons who can breathe fire. The player character is Dig Dug, a blue and white robot equipped with a shovel and a pump.
Game PlayIf you want to be extra greedy and get more points, eat all the dirt on the level. Leave only two enemies because they will speed up, and three is too hard to handle. You do not need to eat every little bit of dirt you can leave long passageways to slow down the enemies. Also leave only Pookas, since the Fygars can burn you through the dirt.
After level 12, the screens repeat in waves of four. There are patterns for these levels. Also, after level 36, all the enemies will speed up. You will have to use new patterns for all the other levels again.
This game does not award extra man after 900,000 points. The score will flip over at 1,000,000. It is very easy to get a score of 999,990 by eating dirt for ten points per section.
At level 256, the game begins with a Pooka on top of the player character. Since there is no way to escape, your game is basically over, no matter how many lives you have left.
HacksULLIIBubBobI Changes the graphics to make them look more like those from IBubble BobbleI.LIIMr. DigDoi An amalgam of IMr.DoI and IDig DugI.LIIZig ZagI Has different colors.UL
MiscellaneousLICENSOR NamcoBRWWW httpwww.zxscreens.i12.comzxscreensdig_dug_arcade.htm
VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Dig Dug CensusThere are 10,226 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 8,291 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 136,611 machines (6,073 unique titles).
Very Common - There are 306 known instances of this machine owned by Dig Dug collectors who are active members. Of these, 257 of them are original dedicated machines, 5 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet, and 44 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.
This game ranks a 90 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.
This game ranks a 73 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often wanted, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.
TechnicalThe game uses three Z80 microprocessors and a Namco 3channel PSG for sounds.
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