The Dig

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An asteroid the size of a small moon is on a crash course toward Earth, and only NASA veteran Boston Low has the expertise to stop it. Along for the ride are award-winning journalist Maggie Robbins and internationally renowned geologist Ludger Brink.
Once the wayward asteroid is nuked into a safe orbit, the trio conducts a routine examination of the rocky surface.
What they uncover is anything but routine.
Low, Brink and Robbins unwittingly trigger a mechanism that transforms the asteroid into a crystal-like spacecraft. The team is hurtled across the galaxy to a planet so desolate, Brink is moved to name it Cocytus, after the 9th circle of Hell in Dante’s inferno. The bleak landscape was obviously once home to a highly evolved civilization, with remnants of sophisticated architecture, advanced technology and an intricate network of underground tunnels.
But no Cocytans.
Who were the original inhabitants of this once rich empire-turned-wasteland? What are those apparitions that mysteriously appear from time to time? Why have Low, Robbins, and Brink been brought to this place? And how can Low keep his team from unraveling in the face of such uncertainty? To return to Earth, they must dig for answers, both on the planet’s surface and deep within themselves.
From the combined talents of LucasArts and legendary Steven Spielberg comes an epic adventure that plunges headlong into the very core of the unknown. And takes you with it.


The Dig is a point-and-click adventure game, where the player, as Commander Boston Low, uses the mouse cursor to point to people, objects, and other parts of the environment to look at or interact with them, collect and use items in their inventory, and talk to non-player characters.

Visuals and other features

Nearly 200 locations and hundreds of puzzles
Robert Patrick of T2 as the voice of Boston Low
Special effects contributed by Industrial Light & Magic
Dialogue contributed by award-winning sci-fi writer Orson Scott Card
Alluring Wagnerian musical score sets the epic tone

Release Date

Nov 30, 1995

Play Time

7 hours


Everyone 10+: Animated Violence

System Requirements


  • CPU: Any 2002 era PC or better
  • RAM: 32 MB
  • GPU: 2 MB PCI Graphics Card
  • HDD: 650 MB


  • CPU: Intel 1.8 GHz Processor
  • RAM: 128 MB
  • HDD: 2 GB


  • CPU: Intel Dual Core 2 GHz Processor
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • HDD: 2 GB

Interesting Facts

  • The game uses a combination of drawn two-dimensional artwork and limited, pre-rendered three-dimensional clips.
  • The player takes the role of Commander Boston Low, part of a five-man team planting explosives on an asteroid in order to avert its collision course with Earth.
  • It uses the SCUMM video game engine.
  • It features a full voice-acting cast, including voice actors Robert Patrick and Steve Blum, and a digital orchestral score.
  • The game is inspired by an idea originally created for Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories series.
  • A minigame can be found on the communicator menu.

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Family/Child Friendly


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