The Dig Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on The Dig by LucasArts.
The Dig is a sci-fi point and click adventure game whose concept was created by filmmaker Steven Spielberg. The game follows Boston Low, a military specialist sent on a mission with a journalist named Maggie Robins, and Archaeologist Ludger Brink, to land on an incoming asteroid to investigate where it came from and to safely destroy it.
The plan winds up failing and the three astronauts are flown to an ancient alien planet, now a wasteland/ruin. Their main mission upon arrival is survival and to find a way home. This plan has many complications throughout and through puzzle solving and exploration more of the planet’s history and the alien life that once inhabited it is revealed.
The planet is filled with beautifully drawn scenery and there are even some alien life forms scattered throughout. Even at the game’s age, the pixel art remains gorgeous to look at and it’s only enhanced by the game’s amazing soundtrack. The music is not only enjoyable to listen to but it’s also quite relaxing. It also holds up incredibly well in terms of quality, it sounds amazing throughout the game.
I will admit that the puzzles in the game were often quite challenging to figure out. They aren’t readily obvious and some of them require a lot of trial and error to figure out. The plus side to playing the game today is that there are quite a few guides out there to walk you through some of the more difficult puzzles. I also created a video walkthrough for the game which you’ll be able to watch below.
Overall, I enjoyed The Dig a great deal and I feel that if you’re as into Sci-Fi as I am, you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did. While I do admit that the graphics could be crisper and a bit more detailed, they still looked quite gorgeous given the game’s age. I also felt that the music was easily one of the best parts of the game and it really added to the overall experience. The voice acting was pretty good but I will say that it felt a bit cliched to each of the characters professions/race. I enjoyed the game though and I definitely recommend giving it a shot if you’re a fan of sci-fi like myself.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers Out!
Features of Interest
- Very Enjoyable Story
- Gorgeous Artwork
- Challenging Puzzles
- Interesting, if Cliched, Characters
- Amazing Music
- The Character's Voices Were A Bit Cliched To Their Profession/Race
- The FMV's Were Terribly Pixelated
- The Graphics Could Have Been A Little Crisper
- Some Of The Puzzles Were Very Obscure While Others Required A Lot of Trial And Error