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"Plunge into The Cave and you'll definitely have fun finding your way out." -Eurogamer.net
"_It’s so refreshing to find a game that’s trying to say something, even if that something is one of history’s oldest cautionary tales. _" -Polygon.com
The Cave is a new adventure game from Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert, and Double Fine Productions, the award-winning studio behind Psychonauts and Brütal Legend.
Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, each with their own unique personalities and stories, then descend into the mysterious depths to explore locations including a subterranean amusement park and a medieval castle, not to mention a fully armed and ready-to-launch nuclear tipped ICBM. The Cave awaits."
Explore a ginormous completely seamless cave-world presented in astounding cross-section that will blow... your... mind.
Assemble a team of 3 explorers:
From the Hillbilly to the Time Traveller; all 7 characters have their own unique personalities, special talents and a dark and secret reason for descending The Cave.
A Cave like no other:
If you enjoy spelunking and dark rocky caverns then be prepared to be disappointed. Your first clue The Cave is a place like no other will be when you stumble across the subterranean amusement park or the medieval castle, not to mention the fully armed and ready to launch nuclear tipped missile.
Let’s work together:
Switch between the 3 characters, in cooperation with each other, and solve physical and adventure puzzles as you learn the truth behind why they are here. Share the cave exploring adventure with friends in local co-op.
Unlock all the secrets of the cave:
Replay the adventure with a new set of characters for a whole different experience including unique story, puzzles and areas of The Cave, plus hidden treasures (not redeemable for cash) and collectables.
Watch the Cave come alive:
Experience the detailed, stunning art style and humor that only Ron Gilbert and Double Fine can dream up.
There May Be Unforseen ConsequencesCrimsonWizard | Jan. 31, 2014 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »
The Cave is a Platform Adventure game starring seven (technically eight) characters who seek out the title dropping cave in their quest for their greatest desire, or perhaps redemption. The Double Fine team did an excellent job in keeping things ambiguous enough with the story to give The Cave some mystery and intrigue while still helping you understand the motivations and backstory of the characters you choose. The humorous wit of Ron Gilbert is in full effect here from the snarky comments from the narrator who voices the cavern itself, to the colorful supporting characters along the way.
In terms of gameplay, The Cave plays like a mix between LucasArts' classic adventure Maniac Mansion and Blizzard's (from long long ago) Lost Vikings. Both titles gives you a team of three characters to navigate puzzles using each hero's unique ability, using Maniac Mansion's humor while Lost Viking's level based structure and platform elements are used in lieu of one interconnected area you click around on. It's a good idea to mix, but The Cave doesn't do either particularly well with the platforming rather basic, the puzzles being decent, but nothing that's going to test your brain too hard, and it's overall a bit short.
It also pulls another page from Maniac Mansion that's hurts it a bit. Since you can only go through the adventure with three characters, you only get to see three of the interesting stories play out at a time. That means to really see everything, you need to play at least 3 times. One could argue that this is part of the reason the game is shorter, so that you can replay with the new characters to experience more of the stories. It's rather tedious though when only certain levels are changed for the characters, but others are completely the same as the first play-through. Also, the fact that each character has a unique ability is mostly wasted. Outside of their unique level, each character only really gets to use their special ability once or twice total in other stages. In contrast, other puzzle platformer games like Lost Vikings or the Trine games require constant teamwork to navigate each stage. While I'd argue that The Cave trumps both games in story, it's sorely lacking in terms of gameplay.
On a good note, one thing I can compare The Cave to with Trine is that this game looks really nice. Despite being in a cave, Double Fine did a great job making every area unique and adding little details to make their world stand out, adding to the mystery and the stories of the characters. While the music is forgettable ambiance, the voice work of The Cave's narrator is well done, really hitting you right at home when you've acted on something.
Overall, this game feels like a Double Fine game. What does that mean? It means that they've managed to build up a very unique world with great visuals, interesting characters with dark pasts, good voicework to add to the mood, and gameplay that sounds good on paper, but doesn't execute as well as you'd hope. It's not bad, and the sum of it's parts is great, but The Cave leaves me with the same feeling I had with recent titles the developer made like Costume Quest where I wanted to like it more than I did. It's no Psychonauts, but if you're looking at The Cave as an story experience with some simple puzzles to vary the pattern, then give it a go. If you're looking for a game though with meatier gameplay while still retaining some wit and fantastic graphics, try out Trine 1 and 2 instead.
Best platformer of 2013gforcesa | Dec. 25, 2013 | See all gforcesa's reviews »
One of the best platformers i've played this year.In the beginning you have to choose a couple of characters to play as.in the entire game.Each character has a different ability and has their own story.The graphics are very enjoyable and the art of the levels is greatly done.When you complete the game you might want to go back and play it with different characters which will add a whole new experience to the game.Double Fine have made a great game and i recommend you try it out
Cave-aliciousTPCGorillaMunch | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all TPCGorillaMunch's reviews »
The Cave is a fun game in which the player chooses three characters to use from seven, with each character having a different ability. Using the three chosen characters the player must complete different puzzles, some can be quite difficult.
The game is reasonably short, however, can be replayed using different characters giving a different story and different levels unique to each character. The cave is quite dark and humorous and an enjoyable game that is worth playing.
The game is very fun played in single player but even better when played with a friend.
Surprisingly dark.MSJ | Nov. 21, 2013 | See all MSJ's reviews »
Despite the art direction, the darker elements of the game is a pleasant surprise. Each of the characters you can play have their own backgrounds that gets revealed through both their own unique levels and the great comic panels you can find throughout the game. None of the stories also necessarily end with a poetic comeuppance too. The narrator can be annoying for some, I find his presence tend to liven thins up a bit.
The puzzles are mostly pretty simple to figure out, but the execution can be complicated due to the player having to manage three characters (but you can only control one at a time). The characters also have to be brought to a location individually, except at the start or end of certain sequences. Backtracking is thus a must, and it can get tedious. I must also complain that despite each character having a unique ability most of the time they are unused except in the aforementioned character-specific level.
It's a fairly short game, and you can replay it at least once to see all the unique character stories. It will satisfy your adventure game puzzle-solving itch, and the characters can be memorable, but in the end it is let down a bit by some of the design decisions.
Fun puzzle platformerFantus | Nov. 6, 2013 | See all Fantus's reviews »
I enjoy this game. I find the multiple characters that work well in different situations to be an interesting mechanic. And I feel it works well for a lot of the puzzles.
The game is realtively short, and provides minimal challenge. However, the atmosphere and overall impression the game leaves you with is well worth the price of admission.
If you are looking for a deep challenge to overcome, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you want a fun game experience, this should do just fine.