Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, then descend into the mysterious depths to explore The Cave!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,146 reviews) - 86% of the 1,146 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 23, 2013

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"30fps lock. Genre: Puzzle-platformer"

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About This Game

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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I loved this game--this is everything I think a platformer should be. It's quirky, with unusual puzzles that are the right blend of tricky, but not unduly difficult. If you pay close attention to your environment you can solve all the puzzles with ease, but they do take some observation.

There are seven characters to choose from and you play three (why oh why game developers didn't you make 6 or 9 for two or three distinct playthroughs?) and you'll work through each of their individual stories. This game took me roughly four hours to complete a single playthrough and it looked something like this: Opening puzzles, character story, puzzle A, character story, puzzle B, character story, puzzle C, ending. My assumption is that puzzles A,B,C will remain the same for each playthrough, and only the character stories will change depending on which character you choose. I also don't get the impression that you can CHANGE how the character stories end--I think you're firmly on the rails here but that okay with me because that's how this particular game was built.

This game is the cotton candy at a state fair. Are you proud that you've finished it? Eh, not really. But damn it was good while it lasted.
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59 of 95 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Don't be fooled by that co-op tag, this game is NOT co-op in any enjoyable way. Unless you enjoy watching your friend do complicated, drawn-out puzzles for 20 minutes then do not play this game with others. There is no split-screen or way to view your character while your friend plays theirs, you can only view one at a time. During certain parts of the game it forces you to play a single character for an entire level, leaving any friends you might be playing with to sit and be forced to watch you try and figure it out for the entire duration.

The levels are also unnecessarily big for what they need to be, leaving you to run around up and down ladders and ropes just to extend the play time. This game might be enjoyable by yourself if you like running/climbing simulators, but I didn't find anything enjoyable about it at all. I'm glad I bought it on sale and it's definitely not worth the standard price.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
The Cave is a game for those with a great sense of humor.
Choose 3 among 7 characters, each one has a story, level and special power of their own. Solve each of the puzzles and find out the truth in their hearts, as the Cave would say. Yes, the Cave narrates the entire game (D-d-don't laugh! It makes dating hell.).
While you get surprised (or not) with each part of the rich story revealed in each level, laugh at the commentaries made by The Cave and the way out of the dangers to you and your fellow companions.

Certainly not a AAA title but the price really pays out the fun. Definitely worth it.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Point and click?
How about all of the above?

It is a combination of all of these so that certainly makes it "different" sort of game ---- but there is some fun to be had here, if you can tolerate the rather slow pace (due mostly to a ton of backtracking).
Kind of slow getting started, but you pick your three characters from the seven offered (each with a different story), and off you go to various parts of the cave itself. And the cave is beautiful, and fun to explore. Some of the puzzles are super easy, others not so much. But even though the pacing is slow, the game itself looks like it will be short. The replay value is good though ---- just choose different characters for each playthrough. And with all the slow walking and backtracking, that kind of pads out the game length. I guess I just expected more, because I kept waiting for the pace to pick up, but it didn't.

So I'm glad I got it on sale, and that's how I'll recommend the game with some reservation ---- 75% off only, I would think.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
A quirky puzzle-platformer by Double Fine. The Cave was for me, thorougly enjoyable (I played it with a controller). The game has a lovely art style and a good control-scheme. Gameplay-wise each character has their own little story, with them being combined depending on who you choose, it is well worth replaying to see each characters story!

And I know some will want to know about the 30FPS lock. So I'll be honest, I couldn't notice it that much, and I've been someone who is heavily towards the "60FPS or GTFO" camp. I suppose I was ill when I played this game, which may have affected things, but either way I don't feel the 30FPS lock on this should put you off.

Well worth the purchase, even at full price!
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