Dig It! is a platform game. In it, you take the role of Dug Kewl, who returns home one day to find that his wife has been taken by the Supreme Spurkasaur. Using his trusty drill and gun, Dug must travel through four worlds rescue his beloved Dugette before it is too late.
Each world in the game is made up of levels. In each level, Dug must find the place marked with an X and dig down to reach the next level. On the way he will encounter dragons, giant snails, armoured hedgehogs and all kinds of monsters to kill as well as plenty of treasure to collect. Dug can also dig in certain unmarked places, which will transport him to secret areas with plenty of treasure. Only when he has travelled through all four worlds will he be reunited with Dugette.
Dig It! is an arcade platformer created by Pixel Painters in 1996.
You are Dug Kewl, the new prospector of Double Dug Ranch. One day while you're away from your ranch, Supreme Spurkasaur, the Draggo commander, takes advantage of this and seizes it. When you return you find the ranch wrecked and a note on your house doors, mentioning that they have taken your mate, Dugette, and if you want to see her again you have to bow to the Supreme Spurkasaur. Obviously Dug is no fool, and sets off to rescue Dugette.
Even though the story is the typical "dansel in distress", the game is far from typical. Throughout the levels there'll be various enemies for you to defeat, using your gun to inflate them like baloons until they float up and out of your way or just explode. There's also various powerups spread around like the typical extra lifes, time and bonus, or items that improve your character like Rapid Fire, Jet Pack, Spring Boots and other such.
In each level you have to reach an X in the end which you dig through to get to the next one. However, you have a time limit, and some levels can be very long. There's also secret areas which are not marked with an X and you have to look carefully to find them. Look for unusual deadends and cracks on the floor. Whenever you lose a life, you have to restart the current level, except in bonus areas in which you just return back to the spot where you dug.
Dug also does more than just jumping around and firing at enemies. Depending on the level or powerups, you can also climb ropes, swim and fly around on a jetpack. Dug will also change his clothing depending on levels, for example, wearing arctic clothing on snow levels.
The graphics are very good, cartoony and colorful with fluid animations. The sound and music are also great, fitting the game's style and ambience perfectly. The game is very long and challenging and will probably keep you hooked for hours. Overall, this is a great game which any platformer fan should try out, and I give it 5 marks!
Pixel Painter's last game, released on CD-ROM, is an ingenious platform game that sports many creative features that always set Pixel Painters' games apart from other shareware developers. In this case, the familiar trappings of a platform game (i.e. neat weapons, lots of enemies) are present, but instead of a typical end-level boss as in other games, here you must find an "X" mark to dig to the next level. Smooth animations and cool power-ups (e.g. jetpacks that allow you to fly) wrap up this forgotten old game and a fitting masterpiece to Pixel's short career.
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