Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, then descend into the mysterious depths to explore The Cave!
User reviews: Very Positive (849 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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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

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
7 of 8 people (88%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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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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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
The Cave is fun, challenging, creative, and has quite a good bit of replayability.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
One of the beste games i have played.
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Excelente jogo! Muito fofo, recomendo :3
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
i love this game it teaches me about geology and the rock stuff
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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
I hate the support at steam. I haven't been able to play this game for over a year and it just sits here. I have searched and searched for ways to communicate with STEAM and NOTHING. No answers...nothing. Don't even try to download...take your risks.
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0 of 30 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
♥♥♥♥ game
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9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Fun and great stories..colorful...5 out 0f 5
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23 of 27 people (85%) 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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13 of 14 people (93%) 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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13 of 14 people (93%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
The Cave is a very nice example of how to make an adventure game. It doesn't require you to rub every item in your vast inventory against every other item in the hopes of finding a solution only to realise you have to travel all the way back to that other area to get something or other. No, The Cave has fairly modest and self contained areas, and it doesn't even give you an inventory so you don't have to worry about vast item combinations. You just hold one thing per character, and once you move onto the next area you can pretty much just drop anything you're holding and not worry about having to go back to a previous zone (because you can't). It's just light-hearted and humorous adventure gaming with some platforming thrown in to keep you engaged. I did find one of the puzzles to be poorly designed, and the Knight seems to have a few clipping issues where he gets stuck in the ground (albeit a rare occurrence), but overall it's a very enjoyable game to play. 7 out of 10, would spelunk.
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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Excellent game for couch co-op.
The Cave has a wink and a smirk hidden in all the little details that make this game so great. They found a perfect solution for co-op gaming with the screen not splitting up but switching to the player who claims the "right of control" for himself. The puzzles are not too hard but will still induce strategic discussions. Also a great replay value since you get to choose from different chars with a different unique skill, which will require you to solve the same puzzles in other ways. I wish it had even more "Monkey Island"-ish humor.
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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Morgan Freeman and GLaDOS had a kid. Somehow, since GLaDOS is a GLaDOS, the announcer became a Cave. A talking cave.

1/1 dragon gates left unlocked
2/2 twins
3/3 magic carpets rode
4/4 glowing things on the time traveler
5/5 carnival tickets acquired
6/6 times I died in spike traps (whoops, I miscalculated. add a couple zeroes after that)
7/7 computers hacked
8/8 amazing characters (twins count as 2)
10/10 overall score
27/27 achievements I failed to 100%

Buy this game now.Or, if you can't afford it, at least go on a date with the cave. Do you know how hard it would be for him to find love?
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