BY ATARI, INC.
Insert your 5200 game cartridge so the label faces you and reads
right-side-up. Be sure the cartridge is firmly seated in the
center slot of the console, but do not force it. Then press the
POWER switch on. See your owner's manual for further details.
Keep Dig Dug alive on his quest for points and vegetable treasures.
You'll score points for digging as well as finding treasure. But
beware of Pooka, the renegade balloon, and Fygar, the fire-
breathing dragon. They'll stop you in your tracks if they catch
Earn points in DIG DUG four different ways: by tunneling through
the dirt of the underworld, by blowing up Pooka or Fygar with your
pump, by dropping rocks on top of Pooka and Fygar, or by eating the
vegetables that appear in the middle of the screen.
At the start of the game you have three lives. You can also earn
bonus lives; the first bonus life is earned at 10,000 points, the
second bonus life at 40,000, and each following bonus life at
40,000 point intervals.
A round is completed when all monsters are killed or escape from
the screen. The round is indicated by the number of flowers on the
upper right of the screen. Each small flower represents one round;
each large flower represents ten rounds.
Use your joystick to make Dig Dug tunnel through the underworld.
He'll move up, down, right, or left in the same direction you move
To use your pump against Pooka or Fygar, press any of the red fire
buttons on your controller. If you continue pressing the button,
your victim will eventually explode. If you let go of the fire
button before the monster pops, it will slowly deflate and continue
the chase. Dig Dug is safe from the monsters while they are
partially inflated--in fact, Dig Dug can run straight through
partially inflated monsters.
Drop rocks on monsters by digging away dirt from beneath the rocks.
Move out of the way quickly, though, or you'll be pulverized by
the falling rock. The underworld is divided into four layers (see
Figure 7). You'll score more points for exploding monsters in the
bottom layers than the top layers; lure monsters to lower levels by
letting them chase you as You tunnel down.
Score bonus points by running over the vegetables that appear in
the center of your screen. Vegetables only appear for a short
time, so when you see one, grab it quickly.
Pooka and Fygar often turn into ghosts and will float through the
dirt to find you. Ghosts are invulnerable until they reach the air
of a tunnel.
USING THE CONTROLLERS
Plug one 5200 controller firmly into jack 1 for one-player games;
plug a second controller into jack 2 for two-player games. The
player using jack one controls game selection and starts the game.
Press START to begin the game. Press PAUSE once to stop the game
and again to restart the action. Press PAUSE then RESET to return
to the option screen, in order to begin another game at a new
The vegetable at the center of the screen indicates the game level.
Press the * to choose one of 12 game levels: Carrot, Rutabaga,
Mushroom, Cucumber, Eggplant, Bell Pepper, Tomato, Onion,
Watermelon, Galaxian, or Pineapple. The game levels become
progressively more difficult: the number of monsters increases,
the game play becomes faster, and the monsters become more
difficult to avoid.
You can continue playing the same game of DIG DUG after losing your
last life by pressing any red fire button when GAME OVER appears on
the screen. You'll receive three additional lives, and the score
and game level will remain unchanged.
You may also select a beginner game level, indicated by a teddy
bear. Press the * until a teddy bear symbol appears at the center
of the screen.
Press the # key to select a one-player or two-player game. When
you've selected the appropriate game options, press START to begin
Vegetables Round Points
Carrot 1 400
Rutabaga 2 600
Mushroom 3 800
Cucumber 4 & 5 1,000
Eggplant 6 & 7 2,000
Bell Pepper 8 & 9 3,000
Tomato 10 & 11 4,000
Onion 12 & 13 5,000
Watermelon 14 & 15 6,000
Galaxian 16 & 17 7,000
Pineapple 18 on 8,000
Activity Point Value
Digging 5 points per chunk
Destroying monsters by dropping rocks:
1 monster 1,000
2 monsters at once 2,500
3 monsters at once 4,000
4 monsters at once 6,000
5 monsters at once 8,000
6 monsters at once 10,000
7 monsters at once 12,000
Exploding Pooka from any direction, or
exploding Fygar from above or below:
1st soil layer 200
2nd soil layer 300
3rd soil layer 400
4th soil layer 500
Exploding Fygar from the side:
1st soil layer 400
2nd soil layer 600
3rd soil layer 800
4th soil layer 1000
* Drop rocks on monsters by digging a long tunnel beneath a rock.
Keep the rock from falling on you by keeping forward pressure on
your joystick; when a monster runs close behind, turn away and let
the rock fall.
* Use your pump to temporarily stun monsters, so you can lure more
than one monster behind you. When you have a line of monsters
chasing you, head for the nearest rock and drop it on them--fast!
* Bonus vegetables only will appear after two rocks have been
dislodged, and will remain for only ten seconds. For maximum
points, be sure to drop at least two rocks then grab the vegetable
before moving to the next round.
* You'll score more points by popping a Fygar from the side, so use
your pump to stun the dragon while you move to his side. Then
finish pumping Fygar until he explodes.
* Fygar's deadly fire can reach you through a thin wall of dirt--so
stay out of his way when he stops moving.
Typed by Jay Tilton
for Atari Gaming Headquarters