System: Arcade, PS One
Although you’d never know it from the gameplay, Mr. Driller is actually the son of Dig Dug’s protagonist. The two games are very different. Whereas Dig Dug was a slower game that involved excavating rocks to drop on enemies’ heads, Mr. Driller is a furious race propelled downward. Though Mr. Driller can drill through entire layers of marshmallowy terrain in one action, the strategy is that you’re always one step away from a collapse by cave in. Hard blocks are peppered throughout each stage, too, so you can’t just drill straight down. The quick pace makes this one a good—and relatively more modern—alternative to Namco’s classic.
31. Mr. Driller