Dig achievement in Dig Dug


Dig through the entire area on any Round!

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How to unlock the Dig achievement

  • RandomnuttaRandomnutta1,520,116
    25 May 2009 24 Aug 2008
    80 14 40
    I still cant get this achievement its a tough one
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    Bully of SmegI was 29 years old when I started this game and at 41 years old have just completed it 😳
    Posted by Bully of Smeg on 14 Dec 19 at 23:36
    I cannot be the only person who thinks this achievement is harder than “Perfect” from Pac-Man
    Posted on 10 Jun 20 at 10:12
    AKA Ram KadyrovOh this is definitely harder than “perfect” which I just won yesterday in ms. pacman so it’s very fresh in my mind.

    I just got this after 13 years and I can safely say that it was as savage a test of skill, nerve and patience as I have ever come through in my entire gaming life. No idea how this has only a 2 to 1 ratio, it felt more like 20 to 1 to me. One for the tombstone.

    Oh and lol I got cheated out of it the first two times with not a speck of dirt in sight before it mercifully popped on the third try. On the successful attempt I beat the level and retraced the entire intro path (I used the high score to help find the center path since the first number is directly above it). If it didn’t pop on the third try I don’t know what I would have done, it might have been drastic though.

    And just for clarity, the very top row is allowed to contain tiny squiggly lines of dirt since it is impossible to remove those. Good luck to any who dare attempt this, it is not recommended for those with a heart condition.
    Posted by AKA Ram Kadyrov on 04 Nov 20 at 23:24
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  • SpazpolSpazpol1,191,486
    05 May 2009 03 May 2009
    56 5 17
    Ok, there are 2 things to know about this achievement

    1) You do not have to beat the level to get the achievement (I actually unlocked it after i dug everything and one of those stupid things I was keeping alive killed me)

    2) You *MUST* Re-dig up the initial vertical tunnel you came down. This is what I had forgot to do the 6+ times I cleared the screen before I unlocked this. The problem is the dirt is invisible (go figure).

    So to make sure I did step 2, I start by digging down, go to the dragon tunnel, kill that, wrap around and free the bottom rock. Cross over to the red thingy on the right side. pop him then drop the rock next to him. Then I start sweeping the bottom. Once I clear the bottom to where the initial vertical tunnel drops you, I just went straight up that tunnel to get it out of the way. then just continue to clear out the screen. As I stated, you actually don't have to kill all the enemies or let 1 escape to get the achievement, chances are if it is not unlocking for you, its because you did not re-dig the initial tunnel vertically you came in on and one of the pieces of invisibile dirt are still there.
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    Homunculus Fury@ThePootermobile you are brilliant! i did just as you did deleted my save file, got it first try!
    Posted by Homunculus Fury on 03 Feb 13 at 09:37
    B8TINGUAfter 3 frustrating years, I got back on this and went at it one more time, I dug everything, including start points for every character and the small T shaped area just above your character, (I think digging all the invisible areas may be the trick) I dropped the rocks and just to be on the safe side redug those areas as well.. I didn't erase any save file and I didn't make it to the 2nd level, yet at game over, my achievement finally unlocked. If your still having trouble, just do what I did and wait 3 years....lol.
    Posted by B8TINGU on 01 Apr 13 at 15:36
    xTMx VoytekOne tip that could help: Whenever the enemies sped up and I had to turn around and pump them, I would tap twice for each so they pumped up a little more. By doing this, I was able to clear ALL of the horizontal board without losing a life. I lost two lives doing the vertical bit but it helps a lot to pump up twice.
    Posted by xTMx Voytek on 28 Nov 13 at 04:32
  • MaxForce357MaxForce357130,019
    08 Nov 2010 09 Nov 2010 20 Apr 2012
    44 1 2
    After 20 attempts and 5 complete screen clears, I knew this achievement was tricky. This is how I finally unlocked it on Level 1:

    1. Kill the Fryga (the green dragon).
    2. Kill one Pooka (orange, round thing). Leave two Pooka's alive.
    3. Set off the rocks to fall to get rid of them. That way they break, freeing up space for you to clear later. Again, free the rocks so that they are wasted and break and won't kill anything. Do NOT crush monsters with them.

    4. As you dig dirt, if the two remaining Pookas are closing in on you, pump them up a little bit to slow them down. Three pumps is the max. No more than three or they will explode. If you kill all but one monster, it will run away and the level will end, resetting all the dirt you worked so hard to dig. Keeping two Pookas alive will ensure that the level lasts long enough for you to dig completely.

    5. Retrace the entrance shaft.
    6. Retrace Dig Dug's starting point.
    7. Walk the surface.
    8. Retrace the monster rooms.
    9. Clear the dirt.
    10. Kill the two remaining monsters.

    11. Finish and move on to Level 2. This is VERY important. If you clear the dirt in Level 1 and commit suicide before reaching Level 2, you can kiss that achievement goodbye.

    12. At Level 2, feel free to commit suicide. When you get the "Game Over" message and go to the achievements screen, the achievement will pop.
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    XonatronI think this should be the top rated solution as it covers all the empty spots you have to cover...
    Posted by Xonatron on 20 Aug 11 at 13:27
    TheDevilHandI got this last night without getting to Level 2. Dug the last bit of dirt and got killed by a Pooka. Apart from that good solution.
    Posted by TheDevilHand on 21 Sep 11 at 06:57
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