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Adventure Game Scene of the Day — Monday 18 February 2013

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Say what you want about The Dig (I personally love it, despite its slightly messy nature due to its long development history), but it can’t be denied that it has some of the best colour palettes ever.

     

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Ahhh!...The only Lucas Arts game I liked.  Smile

     

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Awesome game, with probably the best atmosphere I’ve seen in any game ever. Most of this due to the amazing soundtrack by Michael Z. Land.

If this didn’t have such a lackluster ending, I’d consider this the best game ever…

     

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GreyFuss - 18 February 2013 12:47 PM

Ahhh!...The only Lucas Arts game I liked.  Smile

I’ve never played it, but somehow, I’m getting the feeling that it might be the only LucasArts game that got the cult following independent of whether one is generally a LA fan or not.

Sure, it’s more of a serious game than the comedy, but the game did have a “major” drawback - in 1995. SVGA resolution was already starting to be the default graphics resolution, and that’s where long production took its toll on The Dig - it looked almost exactly like Fate of Atlantis. From this perspective, it’s less of a problem, but in that regard I’m sensing The Dig could benefit from a remake more than any other LA title.

 

     

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One day I will play this game!

     
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Absolutely love the Dig, though I find those stave puzzles toward the end a little tedious. Fortunately they had the doubleclick-to-exit-screens in place. Awesome atmosphere, great music, beautiful artwork, amazing voice acting. A true gem.

If I’m not mistaken, I remember something about it originally being supposed to be a full motion picture by Stephen Spielberg, but somewhere along the road, they decided to make it a game instead. I’m glad they did.

     

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Dag - 18 February 2013 02:31 PM

If I’m not mistaken, I remember something about it originally being supposed to be a full motion picture by Stephen Spielberg, but somewhere along the road, they decided to make it a game instead. I’m glad they did.

According to the wiki it was supposed to be an Amazing Stories episode or movie. Was Spielberg involved in the making of the game beyond the initial idea?

     
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This is a definitely a favorite of mine.  It has very good puzzles, an interesting story, and great music.  Despite the blocky pixels, it’s very pleasing to the eye.

     

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I loved it.

     

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TimovieMan - 18 February 2013 12:56 PM

Awesome game, with probably the best atmosphere I’ve seen in any game ever. Most of this due to the amazing soundtrack by Michael Z. Land.

If this didn’t have such a lackluster ending, I’d consider this the best game ever…

Oh, that ending, don’t remind me. I was really frustrated when all of that happened. I just couldn’t believe that they would resort to such an ending and it negated the impact of previous scenes that were actually quite disturbing and/or emotional.

Still a pretty good game, but not one I prefer over many of the other LA adventures.

     
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diego - 18 February 2013 01:33 PM

I’ve never played it, but somehow, I’m getting the feeling that it might be the only LucasArts game that got the cult following independent of whether one is generally a LA fan or not.

Well, it didn’t have many dialogues, there was a lot of solitary exploration, and it had practically no humour at all. It does stand out among the rest of the LucasArts catalogue… Tongue

wilco - 18 February 2013 02:43 PM

According to the wiki it was supposed to be an Amazing Stories episode or movie. Was Spielberg involved in the making of the game beyond the initial idea?

It was supposed to be an Amazing Stories episode, but the script proved far too expensive to be made into a movie or episode. Spielberg, being the video game fan that he was, then decided to have it made into a game instead.

I don’t think he was very much involved in the making of the game except for giving some suggestions along the way, though.

Primate Ryan - 18 February 2013 03:08 PM

Oh, that ending, don’t remind me. I was really frustrated when all of that happened. I just couldn’t believe that they would resort to such an ending and it negated the impact of previous scenes that were actually quite disturbing and/or emotional.

It was the best game ever for me until the very final cutscene. But I do have to say that after leaving a gap of several years between replays, the conversation you have in the underground pyramid with The Inventor sheds more light on the ending, and I don’t dislike it as much as I once did.

Still, it turned the best game of all time into about the #10 game or so for me… Frown

     

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The game went through about 4 project leads and was restarted at least once.

It was a bit of a troubled project.

     

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Lucien21 - 18 February 2013 03:12 PM

The game went through about 4 project leads and was restarted at least once.

It was a bit of a troubled project.

Which is only noticeable when you compare the cutscenes (top of the line in 1995) with the regular in-game graphics (top of the line in 1993).

Frankly, back in 1995, I didn’t feel like any part of this game felt outdated (and I still don’t). Say what you will, but Sean Clark managed to release a finished product that didn’t really show its own troubled history.

     

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Loooooove The Dig, even though a few of the puzzles are annoying. All in all an awesome game, one of Lucas Arts’ best.

     
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diego - 18 February 2013 01:33 PM
GreyFuss - 18 February 2013 12:47 PM

Ahhh!...The only Lucas Arts game I liked.  Smile

I’m sensing The Dig could benefit from a remake more than any other LA title.

 

I agree Diego as long as by “remake” you mean completely make a new game with todays technology. Just use the same story and maybe go even more indepth as in the Novel. Maybe more on the line of Perry Rhodan would be good enough for me.

     

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I learned an important life lesson from The Dig… If you can pick it up, take it with you because you never know when you might need it.

     

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