Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, then descend into the mysterious depths to explore The Cave!
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Release Date: Jan 23, 2013

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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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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
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Murray
4.8 hrs
Posted: September 15
Continues to crash on my computer :( hope they'll fix it as soon as possibile
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Zombies8MyBrain
7.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
This game was a lot of fun and best of all, it has great replay value. I have zero complaints to share, just honest praise. The Cave "Rocks"
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PapaBrain
6.8 hrs
Posted: August 21
I was on the fence for this review, but in the end the experience per time played wasn't sufficient. There are a lot of things this game does well, yet in the end I wouldn't recommend this game for solo adult gamers. It's probably more fun for kids, and it might be more fun on co-op. However, when I asked my friends (who had the game) if they wanted to try out the co-op, they weren't jumping at the chance. So, I played solo.

This game lets you choose three characters from a pool of seven for your tour through The Cave. The Cave has three main-story map areas and each character has their own map area. Each map area requires you to coordinate your characters to solve different puzzles. To "explore" the whole map, you have to replay the game. Mathematically, you can already see that if you want to play all seven characters, you will have to replay two of the characters' map areas, in addition to the main-story map areas for a third time. The artwork, voice acting and separate areas are interesting and all, but the puzzles and backtracking proved too tedious to be warranted as "fun" and in the end. I didn't want to play the seventh character, and I can't give a positive recommendation for a game that after six hours, I don't want to play anymore.
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Ivan Moreira
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 20
Finished with the first group and, honestly, uninstalled feeling no desire to play through again with the next group.
Its a charming game, but the puzzles are really the low point of the game, they are more annoying than anything with their back and forth and no inventory to hold stuff.
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George
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 20
The art side of this game is great. Things look pretty, sounds are well done (to my amateur ears anyway). Maybe just animations get a bit weird at times (the monk seems to be able to climb a rope with only one hand whenever he's holding an object, he doesn't seem to be using legs at all! :O That's not strength, that's magic! :D). And the comic style "storyboards" were not my cup of tea, but to each their own.

However, even though the art is generally pretty, the game itself is just not very well done. I played it with my girlfriend in coop (if you play it alone, your mileage may vary) and it was not much fun. We finished one playthrough out of some sense of obligation and the feeling that "it might get better just around the corner". It never did.

Some specifics:
  • The camera is poorly designed for coop. Whenever a character leaves the screen and is not currently the "main character" as the game sees it, the player controlling him/her loses all control. The player who is "the focus" must consciously push a button to move the camera over to the other guy/gal. You can get used to it, but it's quite frustrating at times. Essentially, whenever you need to be in different places of the level (and that happens a lot) one player is playing and the other one watching. This defeats the purpose of coop.
  • The characters' movement is not very precise, which to me seems to be a very bad offense in a platforming game. Characters will often graciously sail past the point where you inteded them to stop and fall into a pit or something.
  • Upwards and downwards ladder and rope movement is quite slow. Yes, you can speed it up by jumping up and down, but that's just plain silly. You will still do it though, because there are so many ladders and ropes that need to be climbed so many times... It feels like a chore after a while.
  • Gaming logic. Maybe I'm old and cynical, but it seems like the developers took the "not fun" bits of adventure games and stuck them onto a platforming game. You know - things like (follows a spoiler for a bit in another game, Lost Horizon) painting a doorknob in a museum with a red paint and then imprinting the shape of the doorknob on a signpost with a picture of a camera. So that it looks like "photography not allowed" signpost. Instead of just painting the damn thing on the damn sign with the damn brush in the first place (sigh, sorry, I get Lost Horizon flashbacks)... It often feels like this game uses the same "logic" in acquiring objects and progressing along. And there are never multiple solutions to a roadblock - there's always one solution dreamed up by a game designer and you must find out what it is. Maybe people who are into puzzles would like it (though these are not too difficult, so if you're into difficult puzzles, look elsewhere as well).
  • Subjective, but the characters seem a bit shallow. They are essentially mute. There's no dialogue, no witty banter, nothing.
  • Lack of choice. This point might not seem fair, it is very subjective, so feel free to ignore it. Perhaps it's by design and The Cave just wants to tell a story. However, I didn't particularly enjoy the narrator berating the characters (and the players by extension) for doing evil things. Because there were no choices for us to make, we had to follow along with whatever path the designer chose, often consciously doing morally wrong things like killing innocent people, stealing and so on. And then we had to listen how horrible these people are for doing these things.

Overall, we wouldn't recommend this game. The one playthrough was more than enough and the vision of two other needed to uncover the weak story behind each character was not alluring.
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maddogtob
9.0 hrs
Posted: August 18
The Cave is a very great casual game. I bought it to play it with my wife and we had alot of fun. It's not a big game. Its not something you play a 100 times. But its a nice game to have some fun on the side, alone or with a friend.

It has a very dark humor and with 13€ its a very fair price.
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Hanabih
37.2 hrs
Posted: August 9
I don't know, I just liked it. Actually, I didn't really know what was this game about, but you can choose three characters at the beginning of the game (three of seven playable characters) and you'll learn their unique histories. Each of them has their own special ability too.

I struggled a lot at the beginning, going back and forth, compleeeeeeetely lost. But I learned and it became faster to play (finished 2 times already, but I'll try until I get all achievements!). Really, it's not that complicated, you only need to get used to it.

Well, I liked the graphics, the gameplay, the characters, references and, obviously, the narrator. That's how you use sarcasm.

Some cons is that the game is relatively short, but you'll need to play a lot of times if you want all the *"SPOILER" ALERT* endings *END OF "SPOILER"* and the achievements. Sometimes you can be tired of going up, down, getting lost or stuck, but you'll get used to it too. I think.

Sorry about my Engrish aaaaaaannnnnddddd, remember, sometimes, the faster and only apparently way is really the best, only and rewarding way~ ♪
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
So much irony, & nice artwork

a bit short, still

(i personnaly bought it on steam sales)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
At the end of this sentient, narmy cave, the game boils down to 8 horrible people who, in their madness and dementia, end up finding each other and working together as a team, but also live each others' sins and nightmares, and at the very end have to make a serious decision about whether or not they should persue their dark dreams or take the lessons of their grim adventure to heart.

The game is one big slapstick comedy, where you deal out horrible fates to various persons (regardless of whether they deserve it or not). At the end though, you'll be given chances to make up for your past misdeeds and prevent your characters from committing these crimes outside of the cave. Heck, you can even steal a postcard at the very beginning and give it back at the very end!

The one major thing I'm disappointed about is the characters. None of the characters' powers feel truly important; most of the game is just platforming. And the characters themselves have basic dark backstories that may or may not be occuring during the events of the cave. But the game manages to patch this by making these bland characters mix their powers and backstories, thereby giving the semblence of a greater overreaching adventure that influences each character individually (well, except for the twins who may or may not be a hive mind).

The cave is not judging you. The victims are not judging you. You and your team are judging you. And it's up to you to decide what to do about it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Really fun. Enjoy playing it with the GF and she isnt a massive gamer. Similar to LBP style games
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78 of 87 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2014
I'm not a fan of puzzle games but I must say I enjoyed The Cave so much. The game is charming, funny and clever. Animations, musics and voice acting is awesome. Premise of the game is, there are 7 characters and you pick 3 of them at the begining of the game and try to get them out of the cave. Each character has a different story, a unique skill and their own levels. In order to get everyone out of the cave you need to play it at least 3 times. If you want to see everything the game has to offer (there are two endings for each character) you need at least 5 playthroughs. This may sound boring, but puzzle solving in this game is really fun. Also depending on your characters and the items you picked along the way, you can find some shortcuts in some levels.

Long story short, even if you're not a fan of the genre, I say give this game a chance. You will not regret it.
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67 of 71 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
I recommend it but with some significant caveats.

The puzzles are very easy, so it is best thought of as a diversion than than a challenge. The game needs to be played a minimum of five times through to see every ending for every character, and long, slow ladder-climbing animations sometimes slow sections down to a tedious crawl. There’s a noticeable systematic use of padding to artificially increase playtime, a very obnoxious practice.

The stories for the individual characters are serviceable but kind of shallow so it’s not really a strong story-telling game. In particular the "good" endings for the characters make little sense and feel like an afterthought, as if they were too skittish to make a game full of nothing but lurid black comedy.

The reason I still recommend it is that the atmosphere and humor are quite good, so I enjoyed the game despite how sloppy it is in a few places. I wouldn’t advise paying full price for it, though.
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68 of 77 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2013
The Cave is an ambitious adventure game that has quite a lot going for it: Beautiful cartoonish art design. A twisted yet charming sense of humor. Quality voice work. Fun puzzles and scenarios that are interesting and just the right difficulty. Several playable characters, each one with their own unique themed level. And despite being limited to 30 FPS, the game still feels quite smooth (much less of a problem than I anticipated).

Unfortunately, it's not without flaws. The controls are very floaty which makes platforming imprecise. The story-telling has its moments but feels a bit shallow at times. Worst of all, because you're tasked with controlling three characters at once, you'll find yourself constantly switching between them and moving them one by one. This gets repetitive very quickly and becomes more of a hassle than anything. Why there was no option to control all three at once is beyond me, but it could've gone a long way towards eliminating the annoying backtracking that hampers the game's pacing.

While the game's significant backtracking/pacing issues keep it from being truly great, The Cave still excels at being a fun and humorous adventure game. One that warrants multiple playthroughs if you hope to experience everything it has to offer.
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54 of 64 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
I only review games I think are good, and I think this is Good. 9/10.

This is a platform puzzle adventure game that takes about 5 hours to complete, but you should play through several times to get all the charactors to the end. and its on the second+ playthrough you start to notice little changes to the maps, story ect.

Pros...
Story ( if you pay attention ).
Graphics.
Sound + Music.
Animation.
Voice Acting is excellent.

Cons...
Lack of a Hint system ( you may want to use the Steam Guides ).
May seem repetitive trying to get all Charactors to the end.


I am glad I bought it and would buy again, Hoping they make The Cave 2.
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142 of 207 people (69%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
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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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
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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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2013
I am quite the fan of Double Fines work, and I’m glad to say this game wasn't a let-down for me. I've heard it didn't get the best reviews, but in all honesty, i think they couldn't be more wrong.

You start your adventure choosing your selection of characters, there is about 7 completely different characters, with different personalities, story lines and lives. All looking to venture through the cave to find something they desire.

You pick three at a time, so it takes about 3 play throughs to see each story. I found the way you navigate the cave quite clever, your characters can only get into the section that’s for one of the three, so you aren’t dragging yourself through stories for people that aren’t even there.
Then you have the same in-between puzzles that are the same on each play through. so you do a general puzzle, a characters story, general, story and go on like that until you have reached the end. Where even at the end you have a choice, to change the path of your characters. A sort of, "choose your ending", kind of thing. I didn't notice it at first. So completing it 3 times to see all the characters, then realising you could change the end, i completed it 3 more times. Even though the second 3 times were repetitive, i still enjoyed it a whole lot and didn't get bored.

The game has a wonderful kind of humour i love seeing in Double Fines games. "The Cave" as you know from the trailer, talks. He’s quite quirky and makes the journey that little more engaging. You can also collect fun little paintings along the way that opens up a little more about the past of your characters; you learn why they are there and what it is they are searching for.

The puzzles aren’t too difficult, and are somewhat easy to figure out, which personally, i liked. I hate getting stuck on a game, it “throws off my grove”. I only got stuck once, but after a break and a think, i had it. It flowed well for me and i even went as far as to collect all the achievements for the game, which one in particular proves this game has replay ability for me.

All in all, I loved this game. And I think it’s worth a try, despite what some reviews have said about it. It has great gameplay, nice music/ambient sounds, interesting characters and story lines, fun puzzles and a quirky sense of humour.
Double Fine, you've done it again.


TL;DR : Fun, several playthroughs worth of replayability, great sense of humour, fun/quite simple puzzles and is worth every penny.
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