Dig Dug: Digging Strike

Strategies and Items

GENERAL TIPS

To increase point yields, use rocks, mines, stakes, lava, and water whenever possible to defeat baddies for higher scores. Also, touching Underground People (when they're not agitated) will morph them into watermelons worth 10,000 points. You will earn bonuses for collecting all items in a level, getting through the level speedily, and completing a stage without losing any lives.

To conquer a level quickly, avoid contact with an exploding foe you've just harpooned. Also, getting licked by a monster's tongue will slow you down. Splashing mud or water will similarly halt your progress.

To achieve 100% in the game, you'll need to accumulate all items in each stage's sublevel, especially weapon upgrade items and fossil fragments. There are 60 fossil fragments in all, and collecting the entire set will open up stages 13 - 15. Amassing all weapon upgrade items will unlock 10 devices in total - 8 opened in stages 1A - 15A, and 2 unlocked in stages 1B - 12B. Yes, that means you'll basically be playing through the entire game twice!

Weapon upgrade items are easy to spot because of their red borders, though they are often located in unusual and dangerous places on the playfield. Fossil fragments are much harder to find because they are hidden in the dirt, out of sight of the naked eye, and you'll only be able to see them once you've already dug them up. Also, be careful not to let fragment or upgrade icons get trapped under a collapsing stake, or you'll have to play the entire stage all over again.

Note: Once you've collected a fossil or upgrade item, it will appear as a blue point bonus icon the next time you play the level.

STRATEGIES AND ITEM LOCATIONS

The following is a list of strategies on how best to collapse each stage's island, as well as the locations of all fossil fragments (FF) and weapon upgrade items (WUI). If you imagine each stage's playfield as a Tic-Tac-Toe board, locations of these item icons can be found in nine approximate areas, as you can see in this image:

STAGE 1A
To collapse the island: dig under the stake and be sure you're on the correct side of it as the island collapses, or you'll lose a life
Hole 1: FF - bottom center, WUI - center screen

STAGE 2A
To collapse the island: dig under the two left red stakes
Hole 1: WUI - center screen
Hole 2: FF - bottom left

STAGE 3A
To collapse the island: dig under the two bottom left blue stakes; or, use the screwdriver to make the two red stakes blue, then dig either under the top three blue stakes or the bottom three blue stakes
Hole 1 (bottom right): FF - near the top of the screen, slightly left of the stake farthest to the right
Hole 2 (center left): WUI - center left
Hole 3 (top left): FF - top of the screen, to the right of the center stake, WUI - near the top of the screen between the two right-hand stakes

STAGE 4A
To collapse the island: dig under the top three stakes, the two bottom right ones, or the three left side ones
Hole 1 (center right): FF - center left, WUI - bottom right
Hole 2 (bottom right): FF - bottom center
Hole 3 (center left): FF - top right, near farthest right stake
Hole 4 (top center): FF - top right, slightly left of the stake, WUI - center left
Hole 5 (direct center): FF - top center, WUI - center screen
Hole 6 (slightly right of Hole 3): WUI - center screen and slightly right

STAGE 5A
To collapse the island: dig under the two top right stakes or two bottom right stakes
Hole 1 (top center): FF - center screen, WUI - center left
Hole 2 (top right): FF - bottom center
Hole 3 (bottom right): FF - bottom right
Hole 4 (bottom center): FF - bottom right, WUI - top right
Hole 5 (bottom left): WUI - bottom right
Hole 6 (top left): FF - near center screen

STAGE 6A
To collapse the island: digging under any of the four stakes will collapse the island, but Hole 3's post is the easiest to dig under because you don't have to break through bricks to access it
Hole 1 (top left): FF - bottom left
Hole 2 (top right): FF - bottom center, WUI - center screen
Hole 3 (bottom right): WUI - bottom center
Hole 4 (bottom left): FF - top right

STAGE 7A
To collapse the island: excavate all the items you want from Holes 1 - 3 without collapsing any stakes; when you reach Hole 4, collapse the two stakes from the bottom up, otherwise the boss penguin will evade you
Hole 1 (top): FF - bottom right
Hole 2 (second from top): FF - top left
Hole 3 (second from bottom): WUI - center right
Hole 4 (bottom): FF - in the bottom left corner there is a Fygar near a 1-up; below and to the right

STAGE 8A
To collapse the island: dig under the two bottom center blue stakes or the two red stakes in the top right corner
Hole 1 (top center): FF - center left
Hole 2 (top right): WUI - bottom right
Hole 3 (bottom right): FF - bottom right, WUI - bottom right
Hole 4 (slightly to the left of Hole 3): FF - center right, WUI - center screen
Hole 5 (slightly to the right of Hole 6): FF - center screen
Hole 6 (bottom left): FF - top left, slightly right of the stake
Hole 7 (center left): FF - bottom right, WUI - center screen

STAGE 9A
To collapse the island: dig under the two bottom right stakes or the two top left ones
Hole 1 (top right): FF - top left, WUI - bottom left
Hole 2 (bottom center): FF - bottom center
Hole 3 (bottom left): FF - bottom left
Hole 4 (top left): FF - top center, WUI - bottom center
Hole 5 (top center): FF - top left
Hole 6 (slightly below Hole 5): FF - bottom left
Hole 7 (slightly below Hole 6): WUI - bottom left

STAGE 10A
To collapse the island: the lizard never leaves the center platform, so you'll need the screwdriver to turn the top and right stakes nearest to the boss the correct way; then dig beneath the four center stakes
Note: The holes in this stage form a spiral, so holes will be enumerated in a clockwise manner
Hole 1 (top right): FF - bottom left
Hole 2: FF - center screen
Hole 3: FF - top right, WUI - bottom left
Hole 4: WUI - bottom right
Hole 5: FF - top left
Hole 6: FF - bottom center
Hole 7: FF - top center
Hole 8: FF - bottom center, WUI - bottom left
Hole 9: FF - top center, WUI - center screen
Hole 10: FF - top center, WUI - bottom center

STAGE 11A
To collapse the island: empty water out of the holes (see below), then use the screwdriver to change the direction of the four center posts (nearest to the pyramid); dig under any two adjacent posts of these four
Hole 1 (top left, northeast from the red stake): FF - bottom left
Hole 2 (top center): WUI - bottom center
Hole 3 (top right): FF - top left
Hole 4 (bottom right): FF - center left
Hole 5 (bottom center): FF - bottom center
Hole 6 (bottom left): FF - bottom center, WUI - center right
Hole 7 (center left): FF - top left; activate waterslide in the top right corner to drain Waterhole 1
Waterhole 1: FF - directly under the stake, WUI - bottom center; activate the waterslide in the top left corner to drain Waterhole 2
Waterhole 2: FF - bottom left, WUI - bottom right; activate waterslide in top left corner to drain Waterhole 3
Waterhole 3: FF - bottom right

STAGE 12A
To collapse the island: use the screwdriver to change the top left red stake, then dig under all four top stakes
Hole 1 (top right): WUI - center left
Hole 2 (center right): FF - directly under left stake
Hole 3 (bottom right): FF - top center, between the two stakes
Hole 4 (bottom left): FF - top center
Hole 5 (slightly to the right of Hole 4): WUI - bottom right
Hole 6 (top left): FF - bottom center, WUI - center screen

STAGE 13A
To collapse the island: use the screwdriver to change the two center stakes, then dig under these stakes as well as the bottom right one
Hole 1 (center left): WUI - bottom right
Hole 2 (bottom center): FF - center left
Hole 3 (top center): WUI - center left
Hole 4 (center right): FF - center screen, slightly left of the boss's food

STAGE 14A
To collapse the island: dig under the bottom two blue stakes or the top two blue stakes
Note: holes are numbered from the top of the screen to the bottom
Hole 1 (top left): FF - center screen
Hole 2: WUI - bottom center
Hole 3: FF - bottom center
Hole 4: FF - center screen, below second set of bricks
Hole 5: WUI - bottom right
Hole 6: WUI - bottom right
Hole 7: FF - bottom center

STAGE 15A
To collapse the island: dig under the second stake you find
Note: the holes in this stage form a spiral, so holes will be enumerated in a clockwise manner
Hole 1 (bottom center): WUI - center screen
Hole 2: WUI - bottom left
Hole 3: WUI - bottom center
Hole 4: WUI - bottom left
Hole 5: WUI - bottom right
Hole 6: WUI - bottom left

Note: In the second phase of the game, the fossil fragments and weapon upgrade items you've already collected from the first phase are replaced by point bonus icons and their locations do not change. Please consult the first part of this strategy guide for the locations of these point bonus icons. The following coordinates are given for NEW weapon upgrade items (WUI) only.

STAGE 2B
Hole 2: center screen

STAGE 3B
Hole 1: center screen between the two left stakes

STAGE 4B
Hole 2: bottom left
Hole 3: center left

STAGE 5B
Hole 2: center left
Hole 3: bottom left
Hole 6: top center

STAGE 6B
Hole 4: center right

STAGE 7B
Hole 2: bottom center

STAGE 8B
Hole 6: bottom center

STAGE 9B
Hole 5: center screen

STAGE 10B
Hole 1: top left
Hole 5: bottom left

STAGE 11B
Hole 1: center screen
Hole 4: bottom right

STAGE 12B
Hole 4: bottom left