When ‘Dive’ was the best of all time, this is how we’ll remember it
With a decade of titles already to its credit, Dive, the first game from Oregon Trail developer Oseary and developer Rockstar, remains one of the best-loved indie games of all-time.
It’s a story-driven game about a small town and its two main protagonists, a young man named James and a woman named Mary.
Dive, developed by Rockstar Montreal, is a platformer-style puzzle adventure set in the Oregon Trail, and it’s the best game in its series.
We were lucky enough to get to play Dive for the first time this week and find out why it’s a classic and what we can expect from the next instalment.
Osearies first game Dive in 2004, released for the Apple IIe, Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari ST, and ZX Spectrum.
You play as James, a high school student, who travels with his best friend, a girl named Mary, to a remote cabin in the mountains, where they must solve a puzzle to get home.
It is a fairly standard platformer in that it’s mostly puzzle-based and involves jumping, jumping, and shooting.
Dive also features some pretty incredible animation and music, and we’ve got a video to share with you.
Dive was the first title in the series that Rockstar developed for the platform, with an eye towards being the first one to fully exploit the Amiga platform, which was released in 1995.
“It was a platform game at the time,” Rockstar developer and producer Brian White told us.
“The Amiga was at the end of its prime.
We had this platform that we could just rip off and have it work.”
The Amiga had a ton of graphical and sound features at the same time, so it wasn’t a platform that you could easily take apart and build something else on.
“We wanted to do something completely different,” White said.
“There was this really cool feature in Amiga called the sound system.
We would load up a game, and you could play the sound of the game through the sound chip, and then you could change things in the game, like the sound you were hearing, or the music you were listening to, and everything would play through that sound chip.
It was this amazing, powerful sound chip.”
White added that the Amigas graphics processor was the most powerful in the world at the moment, so “that was an enormous advantage.”
“You could just go into the game engine and make everything look like a cartoon,” White explained.
“You would get this super bright rainbow effect on the screen, and the only way you could really do it was just with some very expensive and expensive hardware, and that’s just not feasible for the AmIGas.”
Rockstar’s first games were fairly limited in scope, but the development team made a few more.
“When we were doing Dive, we had a huge team of artists and animators,” White told Polygon.
“They were making the art and the music, the sound effects, and they were making all of these levels and this crazy stuff that would go into all of the levels and stuff.
So we were really focused on the art, and this really huge team that was working on the game.
They were making this amazing music that was very cinematic, and their level design was really good, too.
We didn’t have this kind of limited scope.
It felt like we had this incredible team, and these incredible animators and artists.
“I love that the game was made by the guys that were doing the best work in the business at the point. “
Dive is one of those games that really resonated with me,” he continued.
“I love that the game was made by the guys that were doing the best work in the business at the point.
They worked really hard and they had a really great time, and at the beginning of the project, it was really easy to get frustrated with it, because you just want to see it and you’re just like, ‘I wish it was better.’
But it was a really satisfying experience.”
It was also one of Rockstars first games that had some unique mechanics.
“James and Mary are basically the first characters to get together,” White continued.
“[They] are the most popular couple in town, so there’s this really weird situation where Mary has to be the one to do everything, and James has to have his own adventure and help Mary get to her destination.
“But she also has this family, and there’s a really complicated family dynamic there, and in this family dynamic, James is kind of”
But she also has this family, and there’s a really complicated family dynamic there, and in this family dynamic, James is kind of