Sunday, February 13, 2011

Digger HD: A 1980's Classic Gets An Upgrade

In 1983, the Canadian company Windmill Software released a popular game called Digger. It was a game similar to Dig Dug where 1 or 2 players would dig tunnels to collect gems and gold while avoiding and killing monsters. On October 1, 2009, Creat Studios released an HD remake on PlayStation Network simply called Digger HD. The concept of the remake stays true to the original computer game, while adding some new features.

Within the main game, Arcade Mode, not only can you collect gold and use falling coin bags to kill monsters, there are also some power-ups mixed in with them. One of these power-ups resembles fire when dropped and allows you to move faster for a period of time, while another resembles a magic hat, and allows you to temporarily go through the environment and collect gems without even digging. Like in the original, you can also fire the Digger's eye to kill an enemy, at the cost of moving a little slower. On top of this, there's also a Survival Mode in which players go through as many levels as possible before dying (normally you have 3 lives). Both the Arcade and Survival Modes also have separate Co-Op Modes, allowing 2 local players to play at the same time. For those that have played the original Digger, this remake also comes with a Vintage Mode, in which you can play the original game in all its glory.

There's not that much to say about this game, but I would wholly recommend it to casual players, and especially to fans of the original Digger. This game is simple in concept, yet is challenging and addicting to play. Whether by yourself or playing with a friend, you'll have a great time with this game.

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