Lost In Translation/Mr. Driller

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Mr. Driller
No screen shot.
Mr. Driller control panel.
Manufacturer Namco
Released 1999
8-way Joystick
6 Button(s)
Main CPU PlayStation
PSX CPU (@ 16.934 MHz)
H8/3002 (@ 14.746 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
C352 (@ 14.746 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
640 x 480 pixels
60.00 Hz
65,536 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 6 ROMs
21,495,808 bytes (20.50 MiB)
MAME ID mrdrillr

About The Game

Mr. Driller is an arcade video puzzle game in which the player must drill down through an endless onslaught of blocks, attempting to get blocks of the same colour to touch and subsequently make them disappear. 'Undergrounder' bonuses can be picked up for bonus points and air capsules must be collected to restore the player's ever-diminishing air supply.


Released in October 1999.

This game was originally going to be titled as "Dig Dug III". The main character, Susumu Hori, is the son of Taizo Hori (better known as "Dig Dug"). Dig Dug III was initially developed unofficially by a few Namco staff, and work on the game was suspended while Ridge Racer Type 4 was being completed. However, Namco executives were impressed with the game and decided to support it as an official project.

The Mr. Driller series officially takes place in the year(s) 20XX.


Software version
DRI1/VER.A2 (Japan)
  • Build date : 14:11:20, OCT 22 1999


As you collect air capsules, each one is worth 100 more points than the one before it. Upon completion of the 500 and 1000 boards, You can earn a time bonus, a perfect life bonus and a perfect air bonus.


  1. Mr. Driller (1999)
  2. Mr. Driller 2 (2000)
  3. Mr. Driller G (2001)
  4. Mr. Driller Ace (2002, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)
  5. Mr. Driller - Drill Land (2002, Nintendo GameCube)
  6. Mr. Driller - Drill Spirits (2005, Nintendo DS)


Tomohiro Kaneko
Mazmoto Dai
Murakami Ayako
Shinozaki Kaori
Hasegawa Taroo
Kusakabe Yasuko
Shina Masaru
Tatsuta Tomoko
Title Logo & Package Designer
Tamiya Kiyotaka
Product Promotion
Cosyowaki Hiroshi
Production Assistants
Nakabayashi Yasuki
Arai Takashi
Kuroda Masanao
Kondou Takiharu
Program Support
Kyota Tanaka
Funatsu Tetsuya
Hijiya Tosiharu
Product Manager
Hajime Nakatani
Oishi Masuya
Yoshizawa Hideo
Executive Producer
Masaya Nakamura
Nagaoka Yasuhito

Cabinet and Artwork


Nintendo Game Boy Color (2000)
Sega Dreamcast (2000)
Sony PlayStation (2000)
Bandai WonderSwan (2001)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "NamCollection") (Japan only)
PC [MS Windows] (1999)
Mobile phones (2003)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Mr. Driller Sound Tracks SCDC-00178~9[1] 2002-05-22 Scitiron Discs 2 CD version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.