Pennsylvania-based digital boutique, Neo-Pangea has teamed up with the History Channel to produce Oak Island Dig, a charming and addictive online game based on the channel’s series The Curse of Oak Island. The series, based around a search for gold on the eponymous island, begins its third season Tuesday, November 10.
History Channel approached the Deadcoats developers about the game, seeking a way to promote the show’s upcoming season. The resulting game, Oak Island Dig, is a throwback to 8-bit games such as Dig Dug.
Aaron Beaucher, Neo-Pangea’s Ambassador of Inspiration, felt that the mechanic “just seemed like a natural fit, given the nature of the show. While it has similarities [to Dig Dug,] it is also very different in that you are collecting treasures and trying to dig as deep as you can.” As you dig, pop-ups inform you of the treasures you find, as well as their historical significance. Beaucher added that the “game board scrolling up over time [adds] a sense of urgency and increased difficulty over time.”
The search for treasure is key to the themes of the show, which centers on a small island off the Nova Scotia coast, where six lives, millions of dollars, and two hundred years of scientific advances have contributed to the search for treasure thought to be left by pirates in the late eighteenth century.
The gameplay is simple and addictive: you just keep digging, looking for more treasure, while avoiding water that will drown you or boulders that will crush you. Treasure is plentiful, with everything from exotic coconut fibers to gold coins popping up in your path, and new, more advanced tools the deeper you go. You can play the game History.com, or learn more about Neo-Pangea at www.neo-pangea.com.