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->''"Cash you say? Does that taste good? I want some too!"''
-->--'''Taizo Hori''', ''Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits''

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''Mr. Driller'' is a spin-off series to Namco's ''VideoGame/DigDug''. First released in arcades in 1999 and on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation and [[UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast Dreamcast]] in 2000, the game stars young Susumu Hori (the son of ''VideoGame/DigDug'''s protagonist Taizo Hori and ''VideoGame/{{Baraduke}}'' heroine Toby "Kissy" Masuyo) in a race to drill through multiple colored blocks as far as he can without running out of air or getting crushed. Falling blocks of the same color will meld together, and disappear if the resulting combination is more than four blocks long. Air capsules appear every so often, and must be picked up to ensure survival. There are other hazards, such as the aforementioned falling blocks, and "X" blocks which, if drilled, cover you in poisonous gas that takes away from your OxygenMeter.

The series combines elements of a fast-action arcade game and a {{puzzle game}}, due to the importance of watching how the blocks will fall as your character descends further into the earth.

!!Games in the series:
* ''Mr. Driller'': Arcade, ported to the [=PlayStation=] and other platforms
* ''Mr. Driller 2'': Arcade, also ported to PC and UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance
* ''Mr. Driller G'' ("Mr. Driller Great"): Arcade, also ported to the [=PlayStation=] in 2001 (Japan only)
* ''Mr. Driller A'' ("Mr. Driller Ace: Wonderful Pacteria"): Released in 2002 for the Game Boy Advance (Japan only)
* ''Mr. Driller: Drill Land'': Released in 2002 for the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube (Japan only)
* ''Mr. Driller '''[[SuperTitleSixtyFourAdvance D]]'''[[SuperTitleSixtyFourAdvance rill]] '''[[SuperTitleSixtyFourAdvance S]]'''[[SuperTitleSixtyFourAdvance pirits]]'': Released 2004 on the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS, and first Mr. Driller game to be released overseas in 4 years.
* ''Mr. Driller Online'': Released in 2008 on UsefulNotes/XBoxLiveArcade
* ''Mr. Driller W'': Released 2009 for UsefulNotes/WiiWare
* ''Mr. Driller: Drill Till You Drop'' Released 2009 for UsefulNotes/DSiWare

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!Tropes used in Mr. Driller:

* ActionGirl: Anna Hottenmeyer.
* AloofBigBrother: Ataru Hori.
* AmbiguousGender: Anna Hottenmeyer.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Taizo Hori.
* ArtShift: DependingOnTheArtist.
* BadassAdorable: Susumu Hori [[spoiler:Because he's the only courageous enough to go and chase a massive destruction drill heading to the very ''earth's core'']].
* [[BadassFamily Badass]] [[DysfunctionalFamily yet Dysfunctional Family]]: Susumu's whole family.
* BigEater: Taizo searches for an underground restaurant in Drill Spirits.
* CardCarryingVillain: Dr. Manhole.
* CartoonCreature: The Undergrounders.
* CompetitiveBalance: Excluding Susumu, who has perfectly balanced stats across the board and no gimmicks, the Drillers all sport tradeoffs between their movement speed and air consumption rate- slower characters geared for beginners come with special abilities and chew through air slower, while faster characters either run and/or drill faster- at the cost of high air consumption.
* CriticalAnnoyance: When the player's OxygenMeter drops below 30 percent. It often takes just long enough to get the ''next'' air capsule that the player's air is still below 30 percent, and the alarm still sounding.
* DiggingToChina: If all else fails, just drill deeper!
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Mostly seem in Mr. Driller G.
* FallingBlocks: The underground is filled with these, which the Drillers must make their way through without getting flattened or suffocating. [[spoiler: They were made by the Undergrounders, and the blocks are considered their TrademarkFavoriteFood, which they overproduced- causing mass cascades of them to erupt on the surface level, but they then started appearing without the Undergrounders' involvement in later games.]]
* AFeteWorseThanDeath: ''Drill Land''
* IndyEscape: The Drindy Adventure level in ''Drill Land'', which is basically a parody of Indiana Jones' movies.
** It is also possible to continue drilling downwards even as a falling block is bearing down right on top of you. In this case, the only thing that can save you is reaching the end of the stage or if the block combines with a same-colored block and stops falling.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The miniboss in the Hole of Druaga stage.
* JackOfAllStats: ''Susumu''. He is average in every stat and has no special ability.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Anna stared out a Susumu's rival in Mr. Driller 2, she later teams up with him in later games.
* KidHero: Everyone of the main cast except Taizo.
* LuckBasedMission: The Star Driller stage in ''Drill Land'', as well as the Moon and Outer Space stages in the JP/EU versions of ''Drill Spirits'', which feature item blocks that when touched, can cause either positive or negative effects on the player.
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai
** Susumu
** Anna
** Puchi
** Taizo
** Ataru
** Usagi
** Holinger Z
* MineralMacGuffin: The Dristones in ''A(ce)''[='=]s story mode, ''Drill Land''[='=]s Hole of Druaga, and JP/EU ''Drill Spirits''[='=] Dristone Driller.
* MissingMom: After getting divorced from Taizo. Masuyo (the heroine from ''VideoGame/Baraduke'') left home and since then she's rarely heard about. She makes a few cameos in the games thou.
* NonHumanSidekick: Puchi and Usagi, to Susumu and Ataru respectively.
* ParentalNeglect: Taizo Hori, you really have to wonder if he really cares about his children, of he rather be spending time with his precious ''camels''.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Ataru is 17 years old? ''Seriously?''
* OneHitPointWonder: Though, given the "hit" in question is from large rocks/chunks of earth falling on you, this is perhaps justified. A few characters, such as the mining robot Holinger-Z, can survive one hit like this before dying.
* OxygenMeter: Every Driller has one which drains as they dig deeper and deeper into the underground world. In Dristone Driller, the Oxygen meteor doesn't drop at a steady rate, but instead drops by 1% for every time the player drills.
* OneOfTheBoys: Anna Hottenmeyer...hell, even her friends keep mistaking her for a boy.
* PunchClockVillain: The Ankoku Drillers, one of them even being a MinionWithAnFInEvil.
* TheRival: Anna, who's obsessed about being a better driller than Susumu. Though this particular behavior of hers may have diminished past her first appearance in ''2''.
* SecretCharacter: In ''Drill Spirits'', the entire cast minus Susumu must be unlocked through Mission Driller, [[spoiler:which extends to Usagi/Rabbit in non-American versions if the Moon stage is completed as Ataru.]]
* SchmuckBait: Any time an air capsule is surrounded on all four sides by "X" blocks (which is a good half of them, eventually extending to ''every'' capsule halfway through a run). Newbies quickly learn that attempting to drill through them negates the capsule's benefit, requiring them to drill around the blocks to cause cascades and open it up another way.
* SequelDifficultySpike: Flashing "crystal" blocks were introduced in ''Mr. Driller 2'', which spontaneously disappear after a few seconds, sometimes triggering chain reactions. Later games also introduced round "white" blocks, which don't combine with any other blocks and simply fall straight down.
* SiblingTeam: Susumu and Ataru.
* SoundtrackDissonance: ''Holy Dream'' playing in the Night Horror House stage.
* ShoutOut: Basically most of Drill Land's stages:
** Star Driller is a shout out of the ''Star Trigon'' arcade game, a spinoff of the ''Mr. Driller'' series which includes Susumu as a playable character.
** The Hole of Druaga being a tribute to ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga'', complete with a cameo of Gilgamesh and Ki.
** Drindy Adventure definitely being a shout out of Indiana Jones movies.
* SuperDeformed: Some games (''2'', ''G'', and ''Drill Till you Drop'') use a noticeably more chibi-esque art style.
* [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace Susumu Can Breathe In Space]]
* TalkingAnimal: Puchi.
* TerribleTrio: The Ankoku Drillers.
* TheyCalledMeMad: Dr. Manhole, he was acussed of stealing Dr. Z's inventions. Which he [[WrongfulAccusationInsurance didn't]].
* ThisIsADrill
* TroubledButCute: Ataru, even if he's depicted as the [[IWorkAlone Lone wolf]] character, there are few hints showing that he still misses his family.
* TunnelKing: Susumu Hori
* UndergroundLevel: All of them!
* VillainousCrush: One of the Ankoku Drillers, Eguri, has a big crush on Ataru, and she's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=445bHxNucj8 not afraid to show it]].
* XMeetsY: ''Dig Dug meets Tetris''.
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