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Dig Dug II (New Ver.)

Dig Dug II (c) 03/1985 Namco.

For this sequel to the 1982 classic, "Dig Dug", Namco changed the game's perspective from a sideways viewpoint, to an overhead one. Action now takes place on a series of small islands.

The gameplay itself retains much from its predecessor, with players still armed with a pump that allows them to inflate and burst the enemies. For this sequel, however, Namco also introduced ground-based charges. Players can activate the charges in order to join them up with other charges, represented on screen by the appearance of trenches. Once a line of charges is linked to two of the island's edges, the charges will detonate and destroy a piece of the island, killing any enemies that happen to be standing on the piece when it's destroyed. Players must be careful not to be standing on a piece that is destroyed, or they themselves will be killed.


Game ID : D2

Main CPU : M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)

Sound CPU : M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)

Sound Chips : Namco 8-channel WSG

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 224 x 288 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.61 Hz

Palette colors : 32

Players : 2

Control : 4-way joystick

Buttons : 2

=> [A] PUMP, [B] DRILL


The main character of Dig Dug has a name in Japan, 'Taizo Hori', a pun based on the phrase 'Horitai zo', or 'I want to dig!'.


* Easter Egg (works on the new version only, old version doesn't have it) :

1) Enter service mode.

2) Select sound 1B.

3) Press the service switch to display the grid and enter the following sequence : Down(x2), Right, Left(x2), Down(x2), Left(x3), Up(x2).

4)Press the service switch again. Some music will play and 'DIGDUGII (c) 1985 NAMCO LTD.' will be slowly drawn on the screen.

* Pause/Resume : When the 'freeze' dip switch is on, at the beginning of the game select starting level with joystick Up/Down, then press button2. During the game, press Start to pause/resume.


1. Dig Dug (1982)

2. Dig Dug II (1985)

3. Dig Dug Deeper (2001, PC CD-ROM)

4. Dig Dug - Digging Strike (2005, Nintendo DS)


Music by : Junko Ozawa


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1989)

Nintendo Famicom Disk (1990)

Sony PSP (2005, "Namco Museum Battle Collection")

* Computers :

Sharp X68000