The Dig has been criticized by fans of LucasArts adventure games because of its serious atmosphere, too challenging Myst likely puzzles, and pretty much every other aspect of the game; calling it the weakest in the developers library. Personally, I do not know what game these naysayers are playing; And I can only come to the conclusion that they are blinded by it being different from the many other wonderful LucasArts games. And it is a very different game; But no matter how great The Secret of Monkey Island's witty humour was, every game cannot use humour; And no matter how stylish The Curse of Monkey Island looked, every game cannot just copy those graphics and hope to catch some of the magic that was in the game. So yes The Dig is different and unique, but that is where the potential for greatness comes in.
What really makes the game great in my opinion is how well all the parts are fit together. The story, as mentioned previously, sets the over arching tone of mystery and wonder. This feeling is compounded by the graphics, particularly the alien environment and technology. The interesting gameplay and puzzles help to draw the player into this world. The great music grows this atmosphere, with a sometime eerie, sometimes alien, sometimes mysterious, and always epic score. And it is the superb and believable dialogue and voice overs that really solidifies it. It is rare to see all of a games attributes come together and work in concert to create such a great atmosphere and ultimately incredible game.
The overall feeling of mystery and wonder created by the captivating and profound story, extended by the alien and mysterious graphics and environments, nourished by the epic music, and cemented by the solid and interesting dialogue and voice overs.
The overly happy ending slightly distracted from the seriousness of the game prior to that moment.
A great classical adventure game that is almost perfect in all categories.
November 1, 1995
- OS: DOS, Mac OS
- CPU: 66 MHz
- RAM: 8 MB
- Video: 256 colour VGA
- Hard Drive: 1 MB
- OS: Windows XP or Vista
- CPU: Any 2002 era PC or better
- RAM: 32 MB
- Video: 2 MB - PCI Graphics Card
- Hard Drive: 650 MB
- OS: Mac OS X 10.5
- CPU: 1.8 GHz
- RAM: 128 MB
- Hard Drive: 2 GB
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