Dig Dug, Monsters, Pookas and Fygars, multi-colored ground.
Skills required / taught:
Dig Dug is an arcade game released by Namco in 1982. A popular game
based on a simple concept, it has also been released as a video game
on many consoles.
How it Works
The objective of Dig Dug is to eliminate underground-dwelling
monsters. This can be done by inflating them until they pop or by
dropping rocks on them. There are two kinds of enemies in the game:
Pookas, round red monsters wearing yellow goggles, and Fygars, green
dragons who can breathe fire. The player, Dig Dug, is killed if
caught by either Pooka or Fygar, burned by a Fygar's fire, or
crushed by a rock.
Variable Scoring – Accomplishing the same task in Dig Dug can earn
the player a different number of points depending on where and how
it is done. The Fygars who only breathe flames horizontally grant
the player less points if inflated from a vertical position as
opposed to a more dangerous horizontal approach and defeating a
monster deeper in a deeper colored level grants more points as well.
Crushing enemies with rocks not only grants more points than
inflating an enemy, but repeatedly crushing with a rock earns the
player even more points. How might your game earn the player bonus
points by performing difficult or dangerous maneuvers? Perhaps a
multiplier for enemies defeated within a short time span, a shorter
ranged weapon which earns more points, or extra points for guiding a
craft through a narrow passageway…
Difficulty scaling – As the player progresses in levels the monsters
get faster and more numerous. What other ways might you gradually
increase the difficulty of your game? More enemies would certainly
make things harder as well as making them faster, have a greater
range for their attacks, or a more improved AI so they less easily
walk into traps; or adding new monsters to give the players
something new to face.
Fight of Flight – When only one enemy remains, it will attempt to
escape. Such behaviors mimic animal behavior and can make a game
seem more real. What other natural elements might you add to a game
to make it seem more real? Perhaps if the monsters can ‘hear’ when
the player uses his weapon, a vehicle’s brakes taking time to stop
the vehicle, or moving slower across rock or shallow water…