Diggles: The Myth of Fenris

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Diggles: The Myth of Fenris
Diggles Myth of Fenris boxart.jpg
Developer(s)SEK GmbH
  • EU: September 27, 2001
  • NA: March 20, 2002
Genre(s)Real-time strategy

Diggles: The Myth Of Fenris (also known as just Diggles in the North American version, and Wiggles in the European version) is a game released by Innonics in Europe on September 27, 2001, and by Strategy First in North America on March 20, 2002. The game is a side-scrolling strategy game which is based on a 3D-engine. You are guiding your dwarves, called "diggles" in the English version, "Wiggles" in the German version and "Gnomy" in the Russian version. The dwarves can manufacture tools, weapons, rooms and other advanced manufacturing shops (as part of a moderately large technology tree). You can set up your workshops and rooms in the caves that your dwarves have been digging. Your mission is to dig down and solve quests which contribute to your global quest, which is to chain Fenris, the fiery dog of Odin. You encounter other clans and creatures on the way, some hostile, some not.


Since your dwarves have a limited lifespan, most of the development is in equipment, while your individual dwarves develop their skills during their lifetime, passing on only a small portion to their offspring. Digging bigger caves also helps you to place the many workshops, rooms and equipment that you will gather.

Your dwarves usually act in automatic planning mode, which means they will figure out themselves how to get stuff done. This means you can both set goals (like "dig here" or "make food") or you can order individual dwarves around. Your dwarves will get upset if they work too long and don't get enough fun out of their free time, so you will have to provide them with sane working hours and entertainment in their free time.


The game was published by Innonics GmbH in 2001, while the software was developed by SEK-ost, Berlin.[1]

  • Producer: Marc Möhring
  • Development Director: Klaus Starke
  • Concept and Planning: Thomas Langhanki, Carolin Batke, Carsten Orthband, Ingo Neumann
  • Gameplay Programming Lead: Carsten Orthbandt
  • Gameplay Programming: Andrej Treskow, Axel Hylla, David Salz [2]


Aggregate score
Review scores
AllGame2/5 stars[4]
CGW1.5/5 stars[5]
PC Gamer (US)53%[10]
PC Zone68%[11]

The game received "mixed" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[3] Reviewers cited technical/graphic issues, AI/Pathing problems, the user-interface design, slow pace, and excessive micro-management among others.[citation needed] According to Die Welt, Diggles was commercially unsuccessful, with sales of around 100,000 units.[12]


  1. ^ Wiggles Manual. Innonics. p. 40.
  2. ^ Wiggles Manual. Innonics. p. 41.
  3. ^ a b "Diggles for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  4. ^ White, Jason. "Diggles: The Myth of Fenris - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  5. ^ Wolpaw, Erik (July 2002). "Diggles: The Myth of Fenris" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 216. Ziff Davis. p. 81. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  6. ^ Todd, Brett (March 22, 2002). "Diggles Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  7. ^ Harker, Carla (April 3, 2002). "Diggles: The Myth of Fenris". GameSpy. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on February 17, 2005. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Lafferty, Michael (March 18, 2002). "Diggles: The Myth of Fenris Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on September 30, 2008. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  9. ^ Sulic, Ivan (March 13, 2002). "Diggles Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  10. ^ Saltzman, Marc (July 2002). "Diggles: The Myth of Fenris". PC Gamer. Future US. p. 73. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  11. ^ Pratchett, Rhianna (February 24, 2002). "PC Review: Diggles". PC Zone. Future plc. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  12. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20181210201501/https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/webwelt/article710868/Dinosaurier-bringen-PC-Spielestudio-zu-Fall.html

External links[edit]

Official site
General resources