The Cave is a Double Fine adventure game looking like it's trying to be one of the old Lucas Arts titles back in the 90's with promise of witty writing and a unique gaming experience with each play through.
The game allows you to pick three of the seven characters available and use your team to explore the deepest part of the cave each with their own story but the characters you pick have no personality, do not speak, do not interact with the other players and are only used as ways to access a specific dungeon that tells a small story to said characters.
The Cave works on a linear level like progression where each part has one main puzzle and each puzzle plays out the same, collect certain items that each character can hold only one of . Use Item A on mechanism B to open the next area. This would not be so bad if you did not have to control three separate characters at one time to pick up only one item and having to traverse a platform -esque dungeon to get to the other side, trying to micromanage where each player must be using some poor platforming and slow movements.
One of the biggest turn offs to the game is once your first run through is completed you get to go through the game again with another three players but the dungeons and puzzles all stay the same apart from the characters cave segment but with seven characters this means you will have to play the game three times with the last run through having players you have already played before! These short slideshow endings are most definitely not worth it.
The dialogue is mildly entertaining, limited and delivered mostly by the narration which does repeat itself on each replay.
The game has a lot of charm and character but these alone will not hold up next to poorly implemented game design, mechanics and for a title that is trying to encourage replayabillity it comes off incredibly shallow.
Posted: November 25th, 2013