The Dig Review

In almost every sense, The Dig represents a leap backwards from LucasArts' previous group of adventure games.

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God help me for saying anything negative about Steven Spielberg, but this latest adventure from LucasArts that proudly bears his name is one of the most disappointing games I've ever played.

In almost every sense, The Dig represents a leap backwards from LucasArts' previous group of adventure games. Looking beyond the tired low-res character animations, the limited use of colors, and the conservatively drawn backgrounds, this adventure game follows the explorations of three overtly stereotypical characters through unimaginative, predictable plot twists, completely devoid of the humor that you'd expect from a LucasArts game and the humanity that you'd expect from a Spielberg production.

There's no "magic" here. As you simply guide a stock hero around an uninhabited planet, the only sparks of excitement are quickly counter-balanced by inordinately difficult puzzles. Not only are these brain-twisters tough, but they're temperamental—some follow logic, others just call for trial and error, and yet others will leave you clueless, even if you've attempted to cheat your way through.

Mr. Card's dialogue is no less deplorable than the game's slow-paced plot. The voice-acting is believable, but again, stereotypical. All this aside, though, what securely affixes this title to the bottom of the LucasArts list is how seriously it takes itself. In games like Full Throttle and Day of The Tentacle, where comedy is king, inconsistencies and stereotypes can be overlooked as part of the silliness. But the epic space adventure drama of The Dig doesn't have this freedom, and it doesn't pass the litmus tests of believability or entertainment.

The Dig's saving grace is its grand music score in a Wagnerian vein. If only the rest of the game echoed the quality that its sound scheme does, then it might be worth playing.

Better to leave this one buried.

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Defenseman13
Defenseman13

I just read this review after rediscovering this game. I want to reach back in time and slap this reviewer. What a dolt. 


tasosk7
tasosk7

gamespot ,the worst site for  adventure reviews? check...

Rtarroyo
Rtarroyo

I didn't even bother reading this review, come on! 4,5 for this piece of classic!

Babaloo2U
Babaloo2U

What an idiot...  I still have this game on disc and in my opinion beats Atlantis 1 & 2, Kings Quest, Toonstruck, or any other old school adventure games.  This guys must be a total noob if he never finished it because the puzzles were too hard.  I beat this game when I was like 8.  

oldschoolvandal
oldschoolvandal

I actually did a new play trough and it is still one of the besdt point and click games I've ever played. It does survive the test of time.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

No description of the games plot or characters at all is an instant FAIL. I know this review is ancient (1996), but that had to be one of the most rushed, crap reviews I've read on Gamespot, even for the really old games.

ruancc
ruancc

The poor review actually reveals more of the reviewer than of the game. Obviously the game's puzzles were a bit too much of a challenge for the reviewers dwindling intellect. It is however unfair to take such a cheap shot at the game. This is and always will be one of the best games out there

janweinreich
janweinreich

i hope Jeffrey Adam Young doesn't work @ gamespot anymore....

Madball357
Madball357

This so called 'review' is a steaming pile of repugnant sh!t.

hemoleech
hemoleech

Whaaat? This game was amazing! It's not meant to be a comedy, but a dramatic adventure in a beautiful alien world.

fabiovasques
fabiovasques

Wow, I bet this reviewer would eat his words nowadays.

Babaloo2U
Babaloo2U

Actually I think it surpassed MYST which was my next game to complete after The Dig.

wavelength121
wavelength121

@dj_ene-miss @tasosk7 "adventure reviewers"? oh, you must be one of those dolts who thinks reviewers should only review games from genres they like. what a baseless, pointless standard for reviewing a game.

The Dig

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In almost every sense, The Dig represents a leap backwards from LucasArts' previous group of adventure games.
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Animated Violence
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