The player is placed in an underground maze and can dig horizontal and vertical tunnels through it. At least one tunnel already exists at the start of play.
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Digger is an arcade game released by Canadian developer Windmill Software in 1983 for the MS-DOS. Play Digger online!
Digger game description
Take control of a mechanical digging machine as you tunnel your way through the earth, searching for valuable gems and the even more valuable bags of gold! But watch out for Nobbins and Hobbins, and don’t be careless enough to let the bags of gold crush you!
Digger is an arcade game combining elements of the popular arcade games Dig Dug and Mr. Do!. Players control the titular ‘Digger’ that can tunnel through dirt with ease. The goal of each level is to gather up each of the gems, which allows you to progress to the next stage. However, Nobbins and Hobbins are also lurking within the levels – Nobbins are fairly slow, but transform into Hobbins which are much quicker. The enemies can only chase Digger through the tunnels he creates – they cannot dig through the dirt themselves.
Monsters sometimes change from the “nobbin” form to the “hobbin” form, more frequently on higher levels. Hobbins also have the power to excavate and can destroy emeralds and gold bags while so doing.
When a monster is killed, another will appear at the top right-hand corner of the screen, up to a maximal number, which depends on the level. Once all the monsters for the level have been created, a cherry appears in their place. If the digger collects this, bonus mode is entered, and for about fifteen seconds (which decreases as the game level gets higher) the digger is able to eat the monsters. Accordingly, the monsters now run away from the digger rather than towards it (similar to Pac-Man).
A level ends when all the emeralds are gone or all the monsters have been killed.
Digger’s defenses consist of being able to shoot a single, rechargeable shot in the direction he is facing with F1 (which recharges after about thirty seconds), crushing his foes by digging underneath a gold bag and letting it plummet down, crushing anything in its path, or by collecting the bonus cherry that sometimes appears, causing Digger to become temporarily invincible.
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