Diggin' Dogs Review
- Publisher: EA Chillingo
- Genre: Arcade
- Released: 9 Feb, 2012
- Size: 20.0 MB
- Price: $0.99
- Super-adorable theme that almost encourages careful play to save the puppies.
- Fun mix of multi-tasking elements; tilt and touch to manage your dogs, their rewards and hazards alike.
- As with most physics engines, there's room for improvement; quirky movement/bouncing/interaction occasionally forces a restart.
- Given that bones regulate progress, they should be highlighted more on the levels so they can't be missed; players still need to figure out how to 'get' them.
Despite its adorable appearance, Diggin' Dogs doesn't mess about and players will find themselves attempting to balance their way past numerous hazards in order to keep their doggy-trio alive; a treat for all gamers, young/old, casual and hardcore alike.
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In a world ruled by cute dogs, three adventurers will dig their way through hazardous caverns in order to retrieve the lost pirate-dog treasure, along with a few bones - because, you know, they might get hungry too!
Diggin' Dogs by Soap Creative and Chillingo is a hard game to pin down despite bearing a striking similarity to similar treasure hunting titles of the past. You see, the dogs you control (as well as the environment itself) is subject to the physical influences of your iDevice - tilt one way and everything will shift in that direction. The dogs themselves can also be swiped to give them a jumping boost, but aside from that your only other influence on the world is touching the screen to 'dig' passages through the dirt.
Here-in lies the challenge of Diggin' Dogs as you attempt to avoid hazards (including creatures and physical traps), while collecting coins, power-ups (in the form of adorably themed helmets) and bones in the ultimate goal of reaching the golden boot at the bottom of the stage.
There's a huge puzzle and multi-tasking element to the game's design as you attempt to create paths that neutralize hazards, while keeping the dogs safe at the same time. This may involve something as simple as dropping a trap on an enemy's head, to splitting the trio of dogs up to reach multiple objectives. To assist (or hinder) you, 'artifacts' can be activated to modify how the world's physics work, including the ability to reverse gravity for everything but the dogs themselves.
Diggin' Dogs is charmingly rendered, with simple, yet adorable characters; varied environments; and sound design that makes it heart-breaking every time you allow one of the dogs to perish.
With its hearty mix of gameplay elements (including the odd Lost Vikings-esque moment where you need to combine multiple helmets to succeed) and huge amount of smoothly scaling levels, Diggin' Dogs is an addictive and easy game to recommend.
Winner of the Excellence in Design award at China GDC 2012.
As the old saying goes, ‘give the dog a bone.’
In Diggin’ Dogs you do just that. Guide your intrepid pups as they dig through the earth, collect bones and buried treasure, avoid hazards and have a good old-fashioned sniff around in this loveable adventure!
"With amazing controls, super tutorials and cute characters the game will be enjoyed by people any age, whether they are a full on gamer or just a kid." — App-Score, 10/10
"Chillingo have a track record of publishing cute and entertaining casual games and with Diggin' Dogs they've done it again." — TouchArcade
"If you’re looking for another game that will mollify your completionist urges, look no further." — Gamezebo
"If you are looking for a fun puzzle game for your iPhone or iPod then this one is certainly worth a look." — Internet Gumshoe, 84/100
"I really enjoyed playing Diggin' Dogs." — Family Friendly Gaming, 92/100
"...Diggin' Dogs helped me ignore my illness, and therefore receives a hearty
recommendation." — Modojo, 4.5/5
"Each level is a fun adventure on its own, and there’s always something new to discover to keep you digging." — AppleNApps, 4/5
"Diggin' Dogs has a surprising amount of depth, and the clever developers of the game definitely keep you on your toes." — Slide To Play, 3/4
"If you are looking for a challenging puzzler with a lot of game time, and cute dogs you can’t go wrong with Diggin’ Dogs." — TouchGen
"The unique gameplay, variety of challenges and treasures offer enough challenge and intrigue to have the player entertained for a long time." — 148Apps
• I CAN DIG IT
Get those paws going and dig on down. Use the intuitive and incredibly easy to master controls and try to find the hidden coins, all three of the secret bones as well as the all-important golden boot in each level.
• WAY DOWN IN A HOLE
Look out for a variety of hazards while you dig from poisonous mushrooms, to buzzing wasps intent on giving you a nasty sting. Try to keep your canines in one piece for the maximum score!
• I’M GOING DEEPER UNDERGROUND
Dig your way through 61 levels spread across 5 unique worlds; Forest, Snow, Junkyard, Jungle and Volcano! Each has their own challenges and treasures to find…will you get them all?
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