Like an old friend you havenít seen in a couple decades, here comes Dig Dug
, bringing retro goodness to a modern console. Itís timely in the sense that pixels are back in and blocky everything is all the rage. Kids may be amazed to find that before they were slinging crystal pickaxes, their parents were digging furiously and defending against subterranean monsters. Sure, itís a much more limited experience than the wonders of Minecraft
, but it will definitely be an object of fascination to a generation rediscovering sprites and pixels.
The graphics and sound are perfectly grafted onto Xbox One from the arcade machines we used to play this on 20+ years ago. If you squint and ignore the 40% of your big flatscreen TV that isnít being used for the game, you might as well be in a dark, smelly arcade of yore. There is an option to reformat the game to fill your screen, but it hurts the feeling of authenticity that most core gamers will appreciate. Itís possible to choose between different backdrops and customize the game without moving too far away from the original.