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Namco’s seminal classic Dig Dug joins the Arcade Archives

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A real piece of gaming royalty joined the Arcade Archives this week, as Hamster presented us with one of Bandai Namco’s most iconic and seminal releases of gaming’s golden era: Dig Dug, now available to download on PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

Developed in 1981 and released to the burgeoning arcade market in 1982, Dig Dug is one of the most recognizable, memorable, and most successful releases of gaming’s formative era.

Players guide an intrepid miner through a series of single-screen underground caverns, digging out tunnels and battling the monsters that dwell within.

In a mechanic that just seems so blackly comedic to modern eyes, our hero defeats his opposition by injecting them with a gas line, then inflating their sorry bodies until they literally explode!

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