OK, there's a difference between "Arcade Classics" and "Console
Classics". Arcade Classics were played just because they were
fun, not because you needed to beat them. Although there
have been exceptions in recent years, most console games
have a set goal. Dig Dug 2 is an Arcade Classic...you play it
because it's old-fashioned fun!
You are Dug, and some monsters have invaded Paradise Island. You
now hafta dig it up or blow them out, or both. See, Dug has this hose
that you can stick inside enemies and inflate them until they pop.
He also has a jackhammer. If you can isolate a section of the island
using this jackhammer and pre-existing holes, then it collapses...
sending any enemies on that sector collapsing into the ocean. It's
a little bit different from the first Dig Dug, being that it takes place
on top of land and there's no more burrowing like a groundhog.
The basic goal is simple: navigate Dug through level
after level, killing monsters. When you destroy all monsters on an
island, you go to the next place to eliminate more hellspawn.
This game has like 70 or more levels (it's an
arcade game, after all) with no password, but who needs one? This game
just repeats after you beat it anyways, so you don't need to save it.
Fruit pops up every once in awhile. Fruit gives you points. Fruit is
tasty (well, some fruit anyways). Fruit is nutritious. Fruit is rather
unrelated to this game (Except for popping up and giving points, like
Pac Man.) If you get enough points, you get an extra life, like
many arcade games.
First, let's get the side streets outta the way. The music is ok,
though not anywhere NEAR Hum-In-Shower, or even hum at all, but it's
listenable. The same tune
repeats over and over, so fortunately it's gonna be drowned out by the
sounds of monsters exploding and islands crumbling.
The game controls just fine. In fact, when you decide to just blow
up a monster to kill it, RAPID FIRE IS BUILT IN!! YIPPEE! Doesn't stop
me from using my NES Advantage, though (it's always more fitting to play an
arcade game with a joystick, don't you think?) You should figure the
controls out in no time.
Ok, now down the main stretch. THIS GAME ROCKS!!! Digging up whole
islands is, well, really fun.....SO WREAK HAVOC!!! It's also monkeys of fun
to lure buckets of monsters on an area of an island, then dig it up, and
listen as the monsters go "plop" as it crumbles into the water (heh heh.) Careful though,
because you can also
die by falling in water (either Dug can't swim, or that jackhammer he
carries is heavy).
I may just be sick, but digging up islands is enjoyable. In fact, I find it fun to make an area crumble, then outrun the carnage
It doesn't matter to me whether I die or
not, I JUST GOTTA DIG!!! Sure, you can just use your airhose to inflate
the monsters to explosion, but that makes the game hard (and boring) doing
it all the time.
Is there anything fun to this game other than digging? Well, no.....
BUT WHO THE HELL CARES?! I believe this game should be pretty rare, I have not even see at
pawn shops, but if you find it (in an arcade or pawn shop)...Play it, Buy