Dig Dug II

The Arcade PCB by NAMCO, Ltd.

Dig Dug II screenshot

Emulated in MAME !



Dig Dug II © 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 : Motorola M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Namco 8-channel WSG

Players : 2
Control : 4-way joystick
Buttons : 2
= > [1] Pump, [2] Drill


Dig Dug II was released in March 1985 in Japan.

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!'.


• Learn the lay of the land: On your first visit to any island, try to take as much time to study it as possible. Concentrate on eliminating enemies with your pump, and try to leave at least two enemies until you are done studying the island. Look for ground pegs that you can take advantage of, and create landslides with. Once you have played any island at least twice, you should be familiar enough with it to execute your plan to create a landslide as soon as you start. If you miss the opportunity to do it early on, you may have to spend more time luring enemies away from the site and bring them back when you are ready.

• Landslides are easier in the beginning: The early rounds are obviously easier than the later ones, and they are designed to maximize landslide opportunities. As you are playing further in the game, you will begin to notice that it will become harder to find an obvious landslide situation and you will have to become more creative. When you are familiar with the early rounds, take advantage of the easy landslide setups to give your score a nice boost. And don't forget, three landslides earns you a bonus vegetable which helps your score out as well. As you progress through the game, switch to relying on your pump for easier kills.

• Cracks are your best defense: You should remember that unless Pookas or Fygars become ghosts, they cannot cross over the cracks. Even if you cannot necessarily use a peg to create a landslide, you can still use them to create cracks in the ground and generally make it more difficult for enemies to get around. In some cases, you can use cracks to break up a pack of Pookas that have bunched together. In other cases, you can create a "fence" of cracks, and leave one section alone as a "gate". Then you can lure all of the enemies behind the fence and close the gate by creating the last crack and watch them all drown in the sea as the point value you earned for doing so flies across the screen. Remember, however, that a determined enemy can become a ghost and begin floating over a crack very slowly. Always be on the lookout and never stay in one section for too long. Dig Dug is never totally safe.

• Later rounds: It takes more skill than strategy to win in the later rounds. Landslide opportunities are severely limited, and the multitude of enemies start coming at you very quickly. You must use the pegs to create cracks that you can use as a line of defense. The enemies will gather together, and you may need to use the pump stall technique learned in the first Dig Dug (where you had to pump up an enemy to stall them and safely pass through them) in order to get away a lot of the time. When you put some distance between you and the pack of enemies, find a crack to stand behind and pump enemies from behind the line until one becomes a ghost. If you're fast enough, you can kill one enemy, and start pumping the ghost before it reaches you. If not, or if there are too many ghosts coming at you, you should prepare to run away, and find another hiding spot. Thorough knowledge of the island layout can help you set up two safety zones if you need to run back and forth, but you should always be careful not to accidentally run into any enemies.

• 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 the Drill button. During the game, press the Start button to pause/resume.


1. Dig Dug (1982, ARC)
2. Dig Dug II (1985, ARC)
3. Dig Dug Arrangement (1996, ARC): part of "Namco Classics Collection Vol.2"
4. Dig Dug Deeper (2001, PC)
5. Dig Dug Arrangement (2005, PSP): part of "Namco Museum Battle Collection"
6. Dig Dug - Digging Strike (2005, DS)


Music by : Junko Ozawa



Nintendo Famicom japan (apr.18, 1986) "Dig Dug II [Model NDDII-4500]"
Nintendo NES usa (dec.1989) "Dig Dug II - Trouble in Paradise [Model NES-I2-USA]"
Nintendo Famicom Disk japan (aug.31, 1990) "Dig Dug II [Model NDS-DD2]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 usa (nov.4, 2008) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade [Model 21022]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 europe (may.15, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade"
Microsoft XBOX 360 australia (june.4, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade"
Microsoft XBOX 360 japan (nov.5, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade [Model 2RD-00001]"
Nintendo Wii usa (nov.16, 2010) "Namco Museum Megamix"


Sony PSP usa (aug.23, 2005) "Namco Museum Battle Collection [Model ULUS-10035]"
Sony PSP europe (dec.9, 2005) "Namco Museum Battle Collection [Model UCES-00116]"
Sony PSP japan (feb.23, 2006) "Namco Museum Vol.2 [Model ULJS-00047]"
Nintendo DS usa (sept.18, 2007) "Namco Museum DS [Model NTR-YNME-USA]"
Nintendo DS japan (oct.11, 2007) "Namco Museum DS [Model NTR-YNMJ-JPN]"
Sony PSP korea (nov.8, 2007) "Namco Museum Vol.2"
Nintendo DS europe (feb.29, 2008) "Namco Museum DS [Model NTR-YNMP-EUR]"


Sharp X68000 japan (feb.24, 1995) "Dig Dug I & II"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] japan (june.9, 1998) "Namco History Vol.3"

Game's ROM.

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