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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs


GAME DEVELOPER:Windmill Software

GAME PUBLISHER:Windmill Software

Copyright 1983, Windmill Software

Undoubtedly the most successful game from Windmill Software, Digger is a timeless action classic that combines the best elements of Ataris Dig Dug and Mr. Do. MobyGames says it all about this masterpiece that remains one of the most fondly remembered games for old-timers: Dig through underground tunnels as you pick up gems. Drop bags of gold on the bad guys, then pick up the gold afterwards–or, kill the monsters using your one-shot gun (refuels after 30 seconds)…. Digger is a classic in all respect. Its graphics are good, music great, controls excellent and playability level unmatched at the time. It was technically remarkable, way ahead of its time, with polyphonic music and sound effects, simplistic but effective computer AI and an amazing charm which keeps people playing it to this day. It’s obvious that Digger’s ideas were stolen from existing games, but Windmill managed to improve them greatly.

If you ever wonder how a game can fit under 50KB and still provides a lot more fun than many of todays bloated, multiple-CD, 3D extravaganza, Digger is the best example. A true classic in every respect, and a must-have for every serious action fan. Also be sure to check out the outstanding remastered version by Andrew M. Jenner, which adds optional VGA graphics, record and playback options, and even a two-player simultaneous mode. Rustic Classics below is also a great (and funny!) Digger clone that is well worth a look.

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