Doug dug. won me over as soon as the line "Congratulations, you have reached a new low" flashed up on-screen upon my digging down farther than I had before.

That's the sense of humour that runs throughout the game. It's a game that has a lot of character packed into its pixels.

Luckily, it doesn't need to rely on amusing you with quips like that all the time. Doug dug. is a solid and fun arcade mining game that will please fans of genre classic Dig Dug.

Straightforward four-way swiping controls mean that digging is as easy as moving Doug around. The challenge lies in not being crushed by the dirt crushing you.

Get a little farther down and you'll start to encounter vicious monsters amid the scattered shining treasure. Luckily, with the cash you make, you can buy upgrades to help you out.

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The jackhammer is a prime example. Rather than your making slow progress with a pickaxe, the jackhammer lets you dive through the dirt.

Of course, it comes with the added risk you'd expect when you lack control of a drilling machine.

At 69p / 99c, Doug dug. is an easy recommendation for anyone who enjoys mining games. Go grab it right now on the App Store.

Oh, and Android players: Doug dug. will be heading to Google Play soon. Honest.