Dig-Dug definitely deserves to be digged. Or dug. Or duggen. Dugged?
It seems these days everyone's releasing classic games for the mobile phone circuit. And it seems an ideal place for it, as yesteryear's arcade games are really ideal for a few minutes of gameplay fix. I could just sit down and play Tempest anytime, really, whether I'm sitting in a dentist's office waiting for an accursed molar filling or sitting around at 3 AM in a Village Inn with some friends, daring them to top my high score. So it should be no surprise that Namco's Dig-Dug happily joins the gang, as it's one of the better classics out there.
And Namco's given it justice. In the game, you take control of a little man walking around underground with an air pump, making tunnels and picking up vegetable items for bonus as he inflates the likes of Pooka and Fygar, two nasty enemies who have multiplied and infested in the grounds that the guy protects. The Pookas are relatively harmless, but the Fygars spew fire, which can actually cook you rather badly if you're unprotected. Along with his air pump, the digger can also go under rocks, allowing them to drop on his unsuspecting prey.
Namco has done a stellar job with bringing this game to the mobile phone circuit. The graphics are just as wonderful as they were back then, complete with multi-layered fields and cute animation. The sound is perfect, with the Dig-Dug music perfectly in check (leave him sitting and you'll hear an eerie siren sound). And the gameplay is just as great as it's always been, with the moving around and pumping coming around like second nature.
I would've liked to have seen Dig-Dug Arrangement make some kind of appearance here, but I'll take what I can get and enjoy it. Dig-Dug is one of the better classics to download and comes highly recommended. Can you dig it?
What's Hot: Loads of fun for on-the-go blow-up action!
What's Not: Doesn't have much past the original arcade game.