Crazy Digger 2
Pipkin Games' little red chomper guy is back for another round of Boulder Dash-like arcade fun, in Crazy Digger 2! Use the [WASD] or [arrow] keys to guide the digger around each of the 25 levels, with the goal of eating all the gems. You are able chomp through the green dirt and push around blue rocks in pursuit of your goal, but be warned: while the digger is not affected by gravity, a rock or gem will roll on curved surfaces, and without any support, it will start plummeting to the bottom of the screen. That can lead to a painful squishing or a cracking of gems, so watch out! There are enemies to avoid as well, including new spinning ones which will follow a path along the ever-changing wall layout. However, they are also vulnerable to squishing... though dropping a gem on them will crack the gem, ending the level. New to this installment are Locked Crystals, which must be unlocked with a collision with a wall or other object, before being collectible.
Call it shallow, but the grating music of the original Crazy Digger made us little uncertain about how the game would be received. At the very least, Crazy Digger 2 upgrades the soundtrack from "obnoxious" to "cloying", which is as good a start as any. However, the rest of the experience has been kicked up a notch as well: the puzzles are a good deal cleverer, while being much fairer with enemy placement, meaning fewer lost lives as the result of not being fast enough on the keys. This, along with the new inclusion of a level editor and new levels being shared on the game's main website, marks Crazy Digger 2 as the kind of sequel that even those who skipped the original will totally dig.