Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, then descend into the mysterious depths to explore The Cave!
User reviews: Very Positive (901 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
58 of 75 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
The Cave was a big disappointment for me. I used to consider myself a Double Fine fan, considering practically every DF title to be an instant purchase. However, I consider their more recent releases to be of much lower quality than I would expect from a developer I admired so. The Cave was the first of these.

First off, as a puzzle platformer, most of the puzzles in the game aren't particularly challenging or interesting, often consisting of a simple "find key, open door." Some puzzle mechanics are fun, such as the Time Traveller's ability to alter events in the past to change a level's layout in the future. Mechanics such as these aren't very common, as many of the puzzles are generic so that any character can complete them, likely to avoid conflicts in your party composition.

Every character has their own backstory which covers how or why they arrived at the titular Cave, but after going through the first couple of characters' levels, you'll notice the common theme pretty quickly and the story exploration becomes uninteresting. It almost feels like an attempt to make "another Psychonauts" by the nature of its writing, with The Cave's backstory exploration echoing similarly to the repressed memories in Psychonauts. However, many may find The Cave's characterization extremely lacking in comparison. Its humor is there but it lacks the quality writing underneath which made other DF titles work so well.

The Cave tops off its first (very short, no more than 4-5 hour) playthrough with a picture montage (yet again reminiscent of the repressed memories in Psychonauts) and a text notification informing you that you have beaten The Cave, rather than any sort of proper ending. The Cave encourages the player to go through the game at least three times to unveil every character's backstory, with the game not "actually" being beaten until then. Due to the repetition of solving many of the same puzzles across each playthrough, I was not interested in finishing the game a second time. The writing wasn't even interesting enough to convince me to power through the repetition of doing them again.

All in all, despite its many weak points, The Cave has a few interesting puzzle mechanics that make it worth playing, especially if it can be grabbed for 75% off or more. Unless it's a title you are very interested in, however, I'd avoid it altogether.
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33 of 38 people (87%) 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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19 of 22 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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19 of 24 people (79%) 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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
A very charming game with multiple tales of fortune and grim misfortune. The puzzles can be a bit testy but, you'll soon learn in time how to solve them with great delight. All of these innocent characters only wish to find what they've been searching for most. Hopefully when you dwell inside The Cave you'll find what you most desire as well.
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12 of 16 people (75%) 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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.0 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
The Cave is a 2D side-scroller, puzzle platformer game. You choose a combination of 3 out of the 7 characters and descend to the Cave. The Cave features great humor and comedy especially the narration itself. The puzzles are not that challenging. Only two character stories gave me a hard a time. (The Monk and The Time Traveler) Each character story has their own key puzzle part. (meaning a "hard" part of the story) The combination of characters you choose affects your path through the cave but not entirely since there will be parts of your journey where you'll be doing the same puzzle over and over again especially when you tend to miss quite a lot of the collectible Cave paintings. For the whole part, the Cave is a bit short since I'm more indulged in heavy puzzle games making The Cave puzzles not much of a challenge but it's a game worth playing. I recommend this game to anyone who wants to experience a humor and comedy like no other with the addition of great stories and a puzzle platformer gameplay. This price is a bit too high for the game itself so I also highly encourage anyone to buy it when it's on sale, more preferably when it's on a 66% discount or higher.

Pros:
+ Good graphics
+ Great narration (has a lot of humor)
+ Has great storylines with their own unique twists (One story per character)

Cons:
+ The puzzles are very repetitive when you want to clear the game with a new set of characters.
+ The Price is too much for the gameplay itself.

Overall, it's a great game and I totally enjoyed the game and story despite the easy puzzles.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
It's a puzzle-adventure-platformer, but the platforming is boring and the puzzles involve a lot of backtracking with all three of your characters. Compounded with the fact that there is no map means that this game is a chore to play. It is aesthetically very pleasing but the game would have been better as a traditional point-and-click instead of a platformer.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
I typically love Double Fine's games, but this was a great disappointment. The dialog and art style are the two good qualities this game offers. The frequent backtracking regarding puzzles, need to repeat the game multiple times for completion, and obtuseness of some puzzles (or ease for some) are only some of the negatives.

The worst part of my experience (having played this one and one half years after release) was the game-breaking bug of one of my characters falling into nothingness and being deleted from my three available slots. This left me unable to continue in the game. The only thing left for me to do is to restart from the beginning which I will not be doing any time soon as replaying these puzzles is tedious at best.

As an aside, while the game allows for multiplayer, this may as well be reduced to pass and play with a controller. This is only a single player game despite what it may be advertised as.

I would have a difficult time even recommending this game if it were free, and I wish this weren't the case. There is too much wrong to ignore.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Cute and Funny; I'm starting to notice a pattern of the games I like. Ha!

Every time you start up a game you pick 3 of the 7 characters and then puzzles are combined based on the unique abilities of those chosen. Dark Humor with a semi-serious undertone, the story line is carried out through a sexily-voiced narrator that will keep you at a modest chuckle throughout. I was satisfactorily entertained and look forward to seeing the story completed for each of the characters.

7.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
Love this game, adventure, great commentary from the game, love the way how the characters change the game every time, this way you can play the game in so many different ways! :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
One of the best indie games I've ever played. It is quite addictive, the characters are very original. Loved the storytelling. I just wish that it was a bit longer. Overall, it is a great game and definitely worth the price.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
I don't think I have ever disliked a DoubleFine game.

There are 3 puzzle areas that are the same for the whole game, no matter how many times you play it. There are 7 characters that all have some goal that will, probably, result in murder, theivery, etc. Each character has their own puzzle area that you are required to solve. (You can only take 3 characters through the cave at a time, so you do have to do multiple play-throughs to see them all.)

The puzzles can be challenging, the humor is dark, the characters are flawed. It all goes together to make a great game.

The best part but you can unlock both an evil and a good ending. The evil ending is the basic ending built into the game, but I haven't figured out how to unlock a happy ending yet. (evil and good meaning...not murdering your entire family)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
The Cave definitely took me back to my years of playing games like Legend of Kyrandia and Grim Fandango. The humor was top notch and the puzzles were just hard/easy enough that it was fun to play through multiple times.
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3 of 5 people (60%) 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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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
60.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
This is an A+ Game, mix the best parts of a platform with the best from a graphic adventure and add an excellent portion of the finest humor you could find inside a videogame. Longevity is not so great, you can terminate the game in just one day, but you can replay it with different characters, each of them unlock different scenarios and puzzles, specially if you're into Steam achievements, you'll need to replay it using different combinations to complete all of them.
Highly recommended to anyone who love a videogame as a form of art and not just as an entertainment.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
Deceiving for old "Maniac Mansion", "Monkey island" and old school point and click lovers.

Despite a few nice dialogues and references here and there, the puzzles choices are almost non-existant whatever the trio you choose and they do not really require some brainstorming.

Replay value is pretty low due to the very high repeatability (for example when cleaning the achievements ...) and shortness of the game :/.

(Advice: Wait for some steam sales if you really want to test it)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Oh, wow, do I love this game. It reminds me of the kinds of games I grew up with as a child and played over and over again until I could do them perfectly. . . The problem with not having all that much money but having way too much time on my hands as a child. That's first world problems for you.

I'm not going to say it's for everyone, though. The humor is rather dry and often at least a little bit macabre (the twins, for instance) but if you like dark humor (which I love) this game will at least be fun for that.

There are a few problems. There are some odd glitches every now and again, though they are not all that frequent (unless you're doing the no deaths runthrough, when every deadly glitch rears its ugly head). The biggest problem is that you can't skip any of the cutscenes or dialogue. Don't get me wrong, both are superb in this game (I'm pretty sure Grey DeLisle voices at least one of them, too) but since this is a game that relies on multiple playthroughs, the skip feature really should have been included. I mean, trying to do the no deaths playthrough alone will probably have you just leaving the room on occasion to do other things while you wait.

Saying all that, this game is just too much fun to pass up. It's worth the price and if it's on sale, doubly so. Oh, and get the soundtrack because it is fantastic!

(Also, I just checked, and Grey actually voices three characters.)
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1 of 2 people (50%) 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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