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07-02-2015 04:07 AM
Octy49
Controls

I love this game...but unfortunately i can't control 5 diggers at the same time only with the mouse.I remember that when i was a kid i used to play,but i was using my keyboard.Any idea on how to make it work to control the game ? If you can help me,please reply or send an e-mail at octeh@ymail.com
Thank you very much.
29-04-2012 08:18 AM
shinkeninmyobi
Clarification on Controls

This is the only place on the net where I could find any discussion of this game. This was a surprise considering that Diggers was a childhood classic for me (I'm talking hundreds and hundreds of hours). I recently tried to install it from the original CD-ROM on WIN7 with little success (big surprise there). Finally, I got it to run in DOSBox off the disk. Unfortunately I've been unable to figure out how to generate save files so I can't start losing my life again to it yet.

Some clarification on the controls for those who fell prey the the horrible mouse-based interface.

D + Directional button = Tell your dude to dig in the direction you command
Space Bar = Wait/Stop Digging etc.
X = Pick up Gems
T = Teleport back to base
H = Enter home base
Shift + Directional button = Run in a given direction
Up Arrow = Jump
1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 = Switch focus to the corresponding digger (1-5)

There's probably other miscellaneous commands I've missed (sleep, etc).

I HAVENT been able to figure out how to do a diagonal digging pattern from the keyboard yet. It used to be the 7, 9, 1, and 3 keys on the numpad. So that's the one time I'll use the lousy right click interface.

Once you get the hang of using the keyboard for everything it becomes totally possible to be efficient with all five of your dudes at once. I couldn't even imagine trying to play this game with that mouse menu interface so props to anyone out there that's been able to get any enjoyment playing like that. For everyone else, I can feel your pain but give the game a second chance using the keyboard and I think you'll better understand why some folks really praise it.
07-03-2012 05:17 AM
Argulas
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Originally Posted by Yair View Post
I also had a demo with keyboard controls from long ago, and was baffled by their lack in the full version I found later. Turns out it's a later version- 1.94, and also has other changes. I found it here:

http://www.abandonware-utopia.com/in...rgement&id=897
(Wait for the 'Telecharger' link to appear)

OMG thank you! I was searching for this version for over ten years or so Awesome game!
11-12-2011 08:43 AM
Yair I also had a demo with keyboard controls from long ago, and was baffled by their lack in the full version I found later. Turns out it's a later version- 1.94, and also has other changes. I found it here:

http://www.abandonware-utopia.com/in...rgement&id=897
(Wait for the 'Telecharger' link to appear)
01-05-2011 05:07 PM
Snave
Keyboard Controls

I actually managed to play this thing to completion using the horrid mouse controls. The reason I perservered was because back when I was younger and before it was abandonware, and back when I was broke and had parents averse to mailing off cash for purchases, I played the PC shareware version.

That shareware version had one stage (the vertically aligned starter one) and KEYBOARD CONTROLS. That's right, I'm telling you keyboard controls did exist. And you could use them to easily scroll between and keep tabs on the miners, suddenly making the auto-AI boredom stuff a fair penalty for getting too engrossed in one miner's affairs. I'm guessing somewhere out there floating around there is a FULL keyboard control PC version. THAT (unseen) version to me is definitely worthy of a 5/5 because it was a perfect game FOR ITS TIME. Note the proviso though.

The single shareware stage was one of the greatest in the full game anyway because there was a single quarter square of dirt and hole in a deep wall on the right hand side that once dug and blasted let you flood the whole map and make all sorts of crazy underwater cities and the like. Many hours of fun were had right there.

To the poster above: Bridges are simply dropped but are sticky and kinda defy physics so you can arch them outwards a bit if needbe. More importantly though, they float on water, so you can drop them carefully into a pond to cross it, or place them strategically before opening a flood gate or priming a flooding dynamite blast.
04-07-2010 05:18 PM
Pirate87 Any one of you guys figured how to use bridges ?
03-06-2009 07:27 PM
DarkStar88
Wonderful oldie but still a pain in the @$$ to play

Ye gods; another antique from my olden days.

Wonderful to replay the first two levels; that was all the demo I had let me play all those years ago.

Unfortunately the control system is still as clunky as I remembered it. Although a much better mouse makes it easier, the system itself is just sad. The sequel looks promising and I hope it will be.
12-10-2008 12:53 AM
esgmaster It's possible to get your miners to be less suicidal by having them "search" (magnifying glass), they will wonder for a while, but when they stop WATCH OUT. The AI in this game is somewhat similar to "Lego Rock Raiders" except they can be stopped.
15-02-2008 03:55 AM
QuadrAlien I'd truly like to rate this game higher, I really would - I quite like the whole tactical mining game setup. But the interface to me is beyond "poor" on to "utterly game-destroying"...

The 5-man team would be useful given the mouse-based "tell a unit to go off and do... something or other for the glory of [insert race here]", but the fact that the mouse controls are so unwieldy means that by the time you've given two of your men orders, the other three have already decided to get bored and wander suicidally into some manner of danger... I'd not normally mind, as I've managed to complete Lemmings 2, but at least the Lemmings had predictable behaviour for where they'd wander off to, rather than "Ooh, I'm bored, let's do... something or other counter-intuitive...".

Fortunately, I've also played Extractors, the sequel to this, which sorts some of the problems out by giving keyboard controls, allowing this game's orders to be tapped out in under a second each (even if it doesn't explain what's going on very well...). However, to be absolutely fair, I'd have to recommend the Clonk series over either Diggers game.
13-02-2008 08:31 PM
rsdworker i remembered when i was child - i had game on old computer - acorn computer before PC so i loved this game
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