Way back in 1991, a game called "Another World" was developed by a man named Eric Chahi. It was one of the first games I played on my Amiga 500 (remember those?) and is still amongst my favourite games today.
It was a game with innovative design, a fabulously rendered alien world and a compelling story (not that there was any real narration mind you!).
It opens with your character performing an experiment with a particle accelerator, which goes awry when the installation is hit by lightning, sending you into what I assume is another dimension. You're thrown in at the deep end, literally - the first screen in the game involves you falling/appearing in a deep pool of some description. The first time I played it I didn't realise the game had actually started until I was killed by the creature at the bottom of the lake!
Here are a few screenshots for you, hopefully you can get something out of it as I do (I've got a Mawe from Hasslefree crying out to be painted up as the beast from the background!) and I fully encourage you to find the game online to try out, there are a few places you can download the demo and can still purchase from certain sources (none of which I can seem to recall at the moment).
The box art:
The pool (with the Beast in the background):
And finally, a link to a deviantart image by Orioto:
I haven't asked permission to post the image but hope you visit Orioto's page as it's definitely worth a view.
Until next time, hope you enjoy!