14. Digger T. Rock (1990)
Welcome to Digger T. Rock! Here, we are on a quest to uncover the legendary Golden City. There are a total of 8 caverns we must traverse, each with an exit door that only stays open for 60 seconds after standing on its pressure plate. Luckily for us, we have cheats. Go into the options menu and activate all three; rewind, infinite lives and infinite time. With these, the game is an absolute breeze as long as you know where you're going. Make sure to make a save at the start of every level, that way if everything turns to custard you can always just start fresh.
One thing you must note is that to complete the final cavern, you must have four explosives and one gem. If you manage to enter the last cavern without these, you will have to start the game from the start again. Don't panic though, as if you're following this guide you'll easily have enough. As quite a few items are random in where they spawn, I will only be guiding you through as many as you need. That said, pick up all items that come across your path, as it doesn't hurt to have too many.
Start the game up and you'll unlock;
I Can Dig It
Digger T. Rock: Play the game for the first time.
To start, I'll quickly explain a little of the game's mechanics. You will see two different types of rock, a lighter and darker variety. You cannot dig the darker variety, although there are a few circumstances where we will be blowing it up. You can dig the lighter variety in all directions. As you dig it up, you will notice cobblestone-like wall behind it. You can use this to climb in every direction.
Dig down from where we start and to the right. On the ground to the right you will notice something that looks a bit like a Greek stone pillar, this is the pressure switch. In the bottom left of your display, you will see a closed door. As you go stand on this switch, it will depress and you will see the door open. Normally, we would now have 60 seconds to get to the exit, but thanks to infinite time we can take our time. After pressing the switch jump back up and jump all the way over to the right. The third jewel has a chance to spawn here, if it doesn't don't worry as I'll take us past the other locations.
Head back to the pressure switch and go down. In front of you you will see a slope, jump over this to the other side (Rewind if you slip down it). Dig through the cave to the right, but make sure you don't knock the top pink boulder. Instead, head under it to pick up a jewel. Once you have picked this jewel up, keep heading right and walk straight into the wall, this will teleport you to another location. Here, you will be attacked by a pesky mosquito. These things are a pain, but you can kill them easily enough with your shovel by pressing .
From here, head left and up to find another possible location for that third jewel. Regardless of whether it is there or not, don't jump over the wall, but instead head back down and to the right. Head the only possible way down, the another possible location is through here, until you come across the exit door. Don't go through it, but instead jump over it to the left. Keep heading left, under the slope and through the cave, until you find another jewel. Once you have this head back right to the exit.
After completing every cavern you will be sent to the bonus cave, it is the same every time. It is possible to get every gem and bit of treasure here, but it isn't necessary to do so, so don't fret over it. Just try to get as many pieces of treasure as you can to boost your score a bit, and at least one gem so that if we find no more by cavern 4 you will have at least 6 in your inventory.
Head to the right, avoid the hole in the ground and head through the cave. Watch out for the thin floor boards here as they fall down after you stand on them. In between these two floor boards is a little triangle of rocks, these are throwing rocks. When you 'use' your shovel with these, you will instead of swinging your trusty shovel throw a rock. Not incredibly useful for us as we have infinite lives, but they can be handy none the less for bigger enemies. Over to the right again you will see another tool, the ladder. From here head down the right hole in the floor, through the cave you have to dig through. At the end you'll find one of each of the items.
Head back left to the entrance and stand next to the left hole in the floor. Using to select the ladder, use to place it down the hole. Go down the ladder and immediately to your left to find another explosive and a couple of boulders. Knock the bottom boulder down, go left a little bit and fall down the hole in the floor. Immediately to your right you will see this levels pressure switch, go stand on it to activate it. From here head left and jump over to the climbable wall, then head all the way down. At the bottom, stand under the right most block in the set of three. Press to hit the block, which will cause some throwing stones to come out. Go the the right most ceiling block here and do it again, being careful not to walk through the magic teleporting wall.
Now head through the mentioned teleporting wall. Hit the right most ceiling tile again before heading left. Jump up and dig through the next section all the way to the right. Jump over the gap and from here go hit the right most ceiling tile again. Head down the wall here, then drop a ladder over the ledge to safely get down. To your left you will see a thin wall, drop an explosive here to blow it up. Do the same for the next two walls. Pick up the two items after the third wall, then head back right to above the dinosaur. Head down and start throwing stones at it until it dies. As we have infinite lives, don't fret if you have no more stones as you can use your shovel to beat it back to the prehistoric ages. Head through the exit and complete the bonus stage again.
Immediately to your left is a new enemy, the ghost. One hit on these will make them freeze, however to kill them you must hit them in the face. After freezing them, wait for them to turn to face you before hitting them again. Head to the right and down the left cave. Keep heading all the way down to the bottom of the map to find some more items, then head left through another magical portal. From where we are now, go back down again until you have an opening to your left. Head through this and take your first up. heading all the way up until just before the cobblestone wall ends. Here is another dinosaur for you to kill, afterwards heading left to stand on the pressure switch it was defending. After flicking the switch head left and then down to the end of the cobblestone wall. Head right to the hole in the floor, and place a ladder down it. Go down the ladder, but before falling off place another ladder to the end of it. Go down here and jump over to the left. Place another ladder down the hole here (Or feel free to just fall as you don't have to come back up), and head all the way to the bottom. Go right from here, into a trap. The idea is pretty simple here, and with infinite lives you can't really fail. Once you've bested the trap head through the exit and onto another bonus cave.
This cavern could take you all of 15 seconds, but we'll be here a little bit longer as there are shops here that sell us all the tools we'll need to finish the game. You should have at least 6 jewels at this point, the 3 from the first level and 1 from each bonus cave. As soon as you start, you fall onto the pressure switch. Head right until you come to a building that will have two doors, one lit up at floor level and a dark one a bit higher. Jump up and head through the darkened door to appear above the building. Up here you will see a door that is sparkling, this is a shop. Head from left to right into the door and it will come up with 8 ladders. You will notice your gems are flashing, go over to them and 'use' one to purchase the ladders. Head over the the left again and come back to purchase a second set. Once that is done, head right through the ladders and into another portal to appear at the base of the building again.
Now head over to the next building, avoiding the angry cavemen, to do it again. This time buy two sets of explosives. The third building sells sets of throwing stones, not necessary for us but I'd always buy two sets anyway. Head all the way to the right to finish this cave and do another bonus cave.
Make an extra save at the start of this cavern, as it has skeletons that are really good for farming for the achievement to get 250 kills. From this level onward I will simply be abusing the infinite lives cheat to get us to the end as fast as possible (Whenever I simply tell you to fall, however, feel free to use ladders instead to progress towards an achievement). From the start, head all the way to the right side of the level. Go down here, and at the ledge you come up to simply walk off. Once you've respawned, push the boulder you're standing on down and go down the cave just to your left to land on the pressure plate. Jump up to the right and knock the boulder just here down, you'll need it later. Stand on the pressure plate again, and you'll notice a pink crystal platform that is floating by. Jump on it when you get the chance to take it downward. As it goes down, you'll come up to an area on your left that is a big climbing wall (At about depth 640-660). Jump over to here, and head over to the lower boulder on your left. Knock it down, then knock the higher one down after it. Fall down to follow where the boulders went, and you'll notice to the left of your screen is the exit. Onto another bonus cave!
Here we have to deal with ice, not that it makes it that much harder though. Head right, and at the end of the platform fall down. Head left until your only option is to dig down, and do so. Head right from here until you come to two pillars, dig under them to get around them. Crawl right until you come up to a big block of stone you can dig. Head down here on the left hand side, and when you fall down head left to the pressure switch. After activating it, jump back up to the platform just above it and make the leap over to the left, making your way over the 3 pillars. Jump over the spinning stick and slide your way to the end of this icy platform. Fall off at the end here, where you will now be attacked by a dragon. Ignore this guy and head right, jumping over any spinning sticks until you come up to one you can't jump over. If you have any throwing stones left, throw some at it until it lowers enough you can get past it and the second one after it. If you don't have any, just use explosives to get rid of them. The exit is right after the second one, so onto the bonus cave we go!
Head left, into what appears to be a wall. As soon as you walk into it, it will disappear revealing a new area of the map. Head all the way down to the bottom. Once you're down the last ladder, walk right without jumping. This will reveal another portion of the map, which will include the pressure switch. Activate this switch, then make your way back up to the starting location. Once you're back at the start, keep heading right until you fall down to the very bottom of this map. Just a little bit more to your right from here is the exit and another bonus cave!
Some parts of this level are a little tricky. At the start, jump right across the pillars to the little one just under the dragon. You cannot kill this dragon, only move it out of the way with explosives. The idea here is to explode the dragon out of the way without blowing yourself up, as the dragon walks back if you take too long. Fortunately our infinite lives cheat can make this a bit easier, as we don't care about dying in the process. Immediately after it has shot out a pod, jump up and place an explosive directly in front of it's feet. It will bite you and kill you, but still be blown back by the explosive. As soon as you spawn again, hold right and spam to hit it's spawn with a shovel whilst walking into the now pink dragon. It will kill you when it touches you, but you will now be on the right hand side of it when you respawn. From here you want to drop down onto the left pillar, as it is the pressure switch for the level. From here fall right to the gravel cave, and dig your way down and to the right. The small pillar to our right here needs to be blown up with explosives, as well as the one after it.
Slide across to the next dragon. By standing at its feet first, you can actually jump over this one. Otherwise just explode it out of the way. Jump up to the right and fall down to the little cobblestone section here. When you walk right here, you'll open up a little cave to follow. Crawl through it to its end, where you will slide across to another dragon. At the end of the slide section, place a gem. The greedy dragon will walk out to get it, giving you a chance to jump over it and make your way to the exit! Congratulations, that's the main game finished!
Load up that save I recommended you keep at the start of cavern 5. From the start, go right through the cobblestone wall until you come across a pair of skeletons. Stand directly in front of the skeleton that spawns up the top, and it will forever keep spawning as long as you keep killing it. Once you reach 250 kills, you will unlock;
From the start of that same cavern, make you way down until you come up to a ledge. At the ledge, place a ladder, then go down it to place a second ladder. Re load your save and do this again, once you've placed a total of 25 you'll unlock;
You'll be most the way there for the 500,000 point achievement by now. To finish it off, start a new game and just run to the exit. Save just before going through it. Every time you go through the exit you get the bonus points for finishing with 60 seconds still on the clock. You can then have a go at the bonus cave, before reloading the save and doing it again. Shouldn't take too long to finish and get yourself the following achievement;
Digger T. Rock: Over time, earn a cumulative total of 500,000 points.
1.Boulder Tactics - Dodge the boulders in the crumbling cave and grab at least four pieces of treasure.
Very simple, especially if you've already done the main game as you would have done this cave at least 7 times already. Run right, stopping for a boulder that lands just before the third treasure. Go over the boulder to get that treasure, then turn around to stand back on that boulder again to jump left the fourth piece.
2.High Scare Challenge - Welcome to scary cavern 5! Score at least 2500 points in 60 seconds.
Back to skeleton farming! From the start, run right and crawl through the cave to be greeted by a skeleton standing on a ledge. Stand just at its feet, and each time you kill it it will instantly respawn. You don't need to go down to the second one doing this, I could easily score the points needed in half the time just farming this one.
3.Rock Solid - Collect all three gems and make it through the level exit within 60 seconds.
This is just the first level, within 60 seconds whilst collecting the three gems. From the start, dig straight down and right. Stand on the pressure switch, then run and jump right over the slope to get gem #1. Crawl and dig right from here, making sure not to bump the top boulder, to get gem #2. From here, head back to the slope (If you accidentally go through the teleporter it doesn't matter, just make sure if you go past the exit door you jump over it as going through it finishes the level). Head under the slope to the left, where you will find gem #3. From here just make your way back right to the exit and you're done.
4.Hit The Roof - Use your shovel against the ceiling to unearth five sets of throwing rocks as quickly as possible.
There is no time limit here, but you can't die, so watch out for the pesky mosquitoes. The ceiling tile you're going for will always be the most right one of the sets I mention.
1.First ceiling directly above you.
2.Second ceiling to the right from where you start. Note that the end wall is a teleporter, so you have to be careful not to walk into it.
3.Walk through the teleporter, and it's in the ceiling above where you teleported to.
4.From previous, make your way left and crawl up the wall. Head right, jump over the gap and the 4th one is in the ceiling here.
5.Go down the cave here, and over the ledge to your left (You will survive the fall, but you can use a ladder if you're a bit injured). The ceiling to your right has the final one.
Here is a quick video for those who prefer;
5.Untouchable - Guide Digger to the level exit without taking any damage!
This is cavern 7, you start already on the pressure switch. The only things here that can actually injure you are the cavemen, and walking over the ledge instead of putting a ladder down. As soon as you start, head up to the top. From here, you want to head right past two cavemen until you fall down over a ledge. From here head left, falling only twice. At the edge of this platform, place a ladder. At the bottom of the ladder, place another one, and repeat until you have put three joining ladders. Fall from the bottom one, then just head right to the exit. There may be a caveman in this last little bit to look out for!
Once you've done all of them, you will unlock;
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