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Dig Dug (Atari)

Posted by DoctorSpuds, 13 October 2018 · 102 views

Who here remembers Dig Dug? All of you? Well that’s good because I WAS gonna talk about it today but instead of doing that I actually just kept playing the game, and by the time I realized I need to start writing the review I was out of time to write it. So, instead of putting it off a day I’m just going to tell you right now, if you don’t own Dig Dug on 2600 you NEED to get it right away, no joke I just spent three hours playing Dig Dug. I have tested the 2600, Intellivision, 7800, arcade via a plug-n-play, and Colecovision versions and the only one I wanted to keep playing was the 2600 version. Despite its graphical shortcomings the 2600 version was the only one I could fully enjoy. You can find copies all over the place in the wild, on Amazon and Ebay people are asking 10-15 dollars which, while a bit steep, is a fair price to pay for such an amazing game. I don’t even think this game needs a review, just go out there and play the damn game already!! I just spent three hours of my life playing this game, you should too.

I realize this is probably heresy to say, but...


...I just can't can't get into Dig Dug. Never could. Any version. I have copies of the game for the 2600, 5200, 7800, 400/800, Commodore 64, Apple II, TI-99/4a, and even Intellivision. And of course the arcade version on various arcade compilations for PC, PlayStation, Saturn, etc. None are bad--if fact, they're all quite good. It's just that the core gameplay itself doesn't grab me for some reason. I don't hate it or anything, but I always feel like I'd rather be playing something else. Still, I can see why people love it, though. :)


Was the Coleco version a prototype? I thought AtariSoft only released Centipede, Defender, Galaxian, and Jungle Hunt for it.

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We all have our own unique like and dislikes, it's fine for you to dislike or be indifferent to something I love and vice versa. Weirdly enough though, I'm not actually a big fan of Dig Dug at all, if anything I rather dislike the arcade version (I have played the actual machine), it's only the 2600 version that stands out. 

Yep the Coleco version is just a prototype, just imagine the arcade version but all stretched out on your 16:9 monitor and there you go.

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The Atari 2600 version is indeed pretty good.  The arcade version is my favorite arcade game of all time!  I thought the Intellivision version was pretty good too.  I hated that Plug & Play and Namco Museum versions change the game playfield to be a scrolling one.  I mean, you really can't keep it fixed screen like the original??

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