The Dig is a sci-fi point-and-click adventure games released in 1995. A CD-ROM game produced and developed by LucasArts. The game is based off a concept by Steven Spielberg. In 2009, it was released on Steam. I imagine a lot of you remember this game!
The Dig begins with a short introduction to the setting. An asteroid, named Atilla, is on a collision course with Earth and there is a 99% probability that it will collide with the planet. NASA has put together a five person team to deal with Atilla. The plan is not to blow it up, but strategically placing tactical nuclear charges to change the asteroid's trajectory and have it orbit Earth as another moon. If it was blown up, there would be a high chance that parts of it would enter the atmosphere and crash into Earth.
Armed with your Pig, mobile tool box, Brink, Robbins and yourself begin working on placing the charges on Atilla. Success! Atilla is now orbiting Earth. After setting off the charges, you notice there is a tunnel that is big enough to enter. So, like any good adventurer, you do! When you enter the tunnel, Brink informs you that the tunnel was not created by the explosions, it is ancient.
While exploring the tunnel, you find metallic plates. Odd. That doesn't seem like it should be there. At this point, Low informs the other members of his team that he had a secondary mission to saving Earth: see if the asteroid was sent by extraterrestrial life. After informing Huston that "Atilla is a real Hun", you begin examining the odd things in the asteroid.
Boston starts pushing metal plates. After pushing enough plates, you enter a shaft and come out in a massive room. Atilla is hollow! After finishing a puzzle with the metal plates you had been pushing earlier, Atilla takes off! The asteroid is really a starship! Brink, Robbins and you, Boston Low, are now marooned on an alien planet!
Here is where you're adventure begins. You are on an alien world with a breathable atmosphere. How will you get home? Where are the native inhabitants? What happened too them? Are you in danger? You and your companions must explore the planet and try to discover a way home.
The Dig has some mature themes. As a kid, I was truly saddened by some of the things that happened to the characters I'd fallen in love with. What happens to Brink and the changes he under goes always saddened me greatly.
As I noted above, this game is available on Steam for $ 4.99. Its pretty easy to get a ROM for it as well. I have had no trouble getting this game to work on multiple computers with different operating systems.
If you love sci-fi or point-and-click adventure games, get The Dig. Its a game I can always go back too. And hey, for five bucks on Steam, how can you even go wrong? By not buying it, that's how.
- Beautifully rendered environments
- A great soundtrack
- Fantastic sci-fi setting
- The game has a good sense of humour
- Great puzzles
- Has aged pretty well
- Occasionally frustrating and confusing puzzles