Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, then descend into the mysterious depths to explore The Cave!
User reviews: Very Positive (827 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 23, 2013

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"A Double Fine Game 'Characters, puzzles, humor: The Cave bears the distinctive handwriting of its creator Ron Gilbert.' -4Players.de"

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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.

Key Features:

  • Seamlessly Spelunk – 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.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP3
    • Processor:1.8 GHz dual core CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB GeForce 8800, Radeon 3850, or Intel HD 2000 Graphics
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1.5 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz, or AMD Athlon 64 at 2.2 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB GeForce 220, Radeon 4550, Intel HD 3000 Graphics
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1.5 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB of RAM
    • Graphics: ATI HD 2600 / NVIDIA 8800GT / Intel HD3000 or better card with at least 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 4GB minimum hard drive space
      Leopard is not supported
    Recommended:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core i Series Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI HD 4670 / Nvidia 285 or better with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 4GB minimum hard drive space
      Leopard is not supported
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz dual core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB GeForce 8800, Radeon HD 2000, or Intel HD 4000 Graphics
    • Open GL: 2.1
    • Hard Drive: 1.5 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
The Cave got pretty middling reviews on release, but for me it was easily my favourite game of 2013. It stands as one of the few games I can think of (the other being Portal 2) that feels like an amusement park attraction. The art is a treat to look at, all the locations are fascinating, the puzzles are neat, the writing is fantastic and the characters are charming. And like the aforementioned Portal 2 and its Aperture Science facility, as you get deeper and deeper into the eponymous Cave, things get stranger and cooler. The game has a constant and satisfying sense of momentum, moving you from set piece to set piece before all arriving at its quaint conclusion. It's a little short, especially if you're only going to go around once, but strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
I really enjoy this game, the atmosphere, the stories, and the gameplay. However, it would be nice to have online co-op, instead of just local.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
This game was fun once, but its' replayability is limited. It offers multiple characters who each come with their own levels, but those levels are interspersed with stock levels that you have to run through every time. There isn't enough variation in the characters to make those stock levels interesting on subsequent replays.
THe play-through time with one set of characters is also quite short so, while the dialogue and story is fun, the game just isn't that worth it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Gameplay and universe are nice, the storytelling quite funny, but it is just a classic platform game. If you want a deep game, try Braid.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
This was a bit of a boring game. It was confusing to work out the game and controls at the beginning. Much Googling was involved. There isn't anything that compels players to finish the game. By now I have even forgotten the storyline.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Cool design and funny story telling, but the game play is very unintuitive and repetitive. No real tool tips on why you should pick certain characters.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Meeeeeeehhh ....
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Not worth the price. Looks nice but the gameplay is average at best.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
great game but it will be better if there is coop, not local coop
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
It's a nice Jump and Run Game, and you play with three characters. this make its unique. The Graphics is excellent, and the ideas and puzzle you have to solve are great.

+ Game idea
+ Graphics
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
worth
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11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Excelente jogo! Muito fofo, recomendo :3
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
The Cave is set up like an old-school 2D side-scroller. Seven adventurers, each with a dark past, go down into a magical cave in a journey of self discovery. At the beginning of the game (which is narrated throughout by The Cave itself), you choose three of the seven advernturers and descend. Each section of The Cave is a puzzle that requires your three characters to work together. Three of the sections are uniquely designed (by the sentient Cave) for the characters you've chosen. In this way, The Cave encourages you to play though multiple times.

The drawback is that there's also three generic puzzle sections which you cannot skip. I'm on my second playthrough, and while it's nice that the game shuffles the order of the puzzles, it can be a drag to re-solve old puzzles to get to new content. And the achievements require you to play through the game... I don't know how many times, but I imagine The Cave's jokes (while clever) will start to wear thin on the fifth playthrough. If you really want to get 100% achievements, you might consider reviewing the achievement list online before you play, despite the mild spoilers.

I'd still recommend this game - the humor, art and story make this puzzle game very enjoyable and encourage multiple playthroughs. May get monotonous if you're looking for all the achievements.

A definite buy if it's on sale.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Every gamer has a Videogame Guru, Idol, an iconic, inspiring figure. For me, since I consider myself ad adventure gamer, it was a no brainer, mine is Ron Gilbert. I don't think I have to explain why.

So, The Cave.

Good things first. The Cave is funny (and the Cave's voice is HILARIOUS). It's Ron Gilbert funny, there are so many references, jokes, even the torches on the walls are funny in this game. The gamepad control system works fine, making the game highly enjoyable even on consoles, which is something new for an adventure. Having to choose three characters to descend in the Cave from a pool of seven guarantees a good replayability, since you have to beat the game at least 3 times to explore all the personal sections.

Now the things I didn't like much. The game is easy. I understand that to take adventure games in the next century we NEED to include new players and not only the hardcore old times fans, but still, I really wanted to get stuck, for old times sake :D and, on a different matter, the Cave as a character IS great, but this gameplay choice (platforming based puzzle solving) completely eliminates dialogue, which was Ron Gilbert's old point and click adventures real added value.

Don't misunderstand me, I LOVED The Cave, but maybe my expectations were too high, I liked to dream about a gamechanging title, while this one is probably a first step, hopefully in the right direction, to really innovate the genre. If there's one person who can do it, that person is Ron Gilbert.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Probably the best choice of game to play with children and still entertain adults.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Would recommend this game to anyone who likes platforming, adventuring, quirky puzzles, LittleBigPlanet, or AMAZING NARRATORS. Seriously, the game is worth buying for the vocals, alone.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This is an awesome game! If you are missing the point and click games, that actually made you use your noggin, this is for you. It has wonderful humor, easy to play with a key board and the narrator and characters are definitely some of the best parts of the game. This is a great game choice for all.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Really fun game... the first time around. I couldn't bring myself to finish more than one run through the cave. The dialogue is punchy, and entertaining, and seeing everyone's stories play out was cool, but the IKEA-style puzzles (and the backtracking accompanying them) quickly turned the game into a chore.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Clever, sarcastic humor and a mysterious beginning have me hooked so far. Enjoying the different character abilities and the smart puzzles.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
The CAVE!!! This puzzle game is interesting in which you actually switch control over three of the seven total characters during the course of the game. The puzzles are kinda short and time consuming since you'll be at one part, but then need a second pair of hands and have to traverse that distance all over again! The humor of the Cave is also pretty delicious. Wish this game had a few more puzzles. Comically dark, this is definitely a game I would recommend.
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