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.