When film-maker Steven Spielberg wanted to make a video game he went to George Lucas and his company LucasArts for help making it, and the end result was The Dig.
Released in 1995 for CD-ROM-owning PC MS-DOS users, The Dig is a fantasy science fiction story about a group of astronauts who are sent up into space to deal with a rogue asteroid and end up being ‘abducted’ by it… Well, not really abducted… but I don’t want to give too much away. Let’s just say that they end up going on a journey through space and time into a mystery that owes more than a simple doff of the cap to the film Forbidden Planet…
The Dig is much more than a simple point-and-click adventure though; it’s beautifully constructed with excellent cut scenes – as you’d expect from a Steven Spielberg production. A couple of big names did some of the voice acting, including Robert Patrick who played the T1000 in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The soundtrack is beautiful too. The Dig has big production values.
It’s also absorbing to play, but quite difficult. Most LucasArts point-and-click adventures are relatively tough, and this game is no exception. But if you like fantasy adventures, it’s worth persevering with.
The Dig is still available to buy online now.
More: The Dig on Wikipedia
Steam: The Dig on Steam
GOG: The Dig on GOG.com