“A beginning is a very delicate time. Know then that it is the year 10191. The known universe is ruled by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, my father.
In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the spice melange. The spice extends life, the spice expands consciousness, the spice is vital to space travel. The Spacing Guild and its navigators, who the spice has mutated over four thousand years, use the orange spice gas which gives them the ability to fold space. That is travel to any part of the universe without moving.
Oh yes, I forgot to tell you, the spice exists on only one planet in the entire universe : a desolate, dry planet with vast deserts. Hidden away within the rocks of these deserts are a people known as Fremen who have long held a prophecy, that a man would come, a messiah, who would lead them to true freedom.
The planet is Arrakis, also known as… DUNE.”
Although it was eclipsed by it’s better known sequel, this is without a doubt my favourite of the two games. Dune is a strategy/adventure hybrid that casts you as Paul Atreides of the house Atreides (suprisingly), charged by the Emperor of the known Universe to manage the extraction of the spice melange, the most precious substance known to humankind.
The game can be divided into two parts. The first person adventure part which deals with the plot is by far the most enjoyable, and fans of the movie or the book will enjoy it immensely (the plot itself is a mix of elements from both). The strategy part deals with spice extraction (the emperor expects you to meet a quota, or he will send in his sardakur shock troops) and combat – and it compliments the advanture elements well.
Graphicaly the game is stunning (for the time anyway) and it has the same great sense of atmosphere that was found in the movie. The desert scenes particularly are a work of art – especialy those dealing with Paul’s ‘visions’ ( but musn’t say too much about that, don’t wanna give them game away ;))
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable game that will appeal to fans and non fans of the Dune series (and if you havent read at least the first book then go get copy now you fool!)
- Designed by: Cryo Interactive
- Published by: Virgin Interactive