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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"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
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46 of 66 people (70%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
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Personal Rating: "Worth Purchasing"
Traditional Rating: 7 out of 10
Genre: Sidescrolling Puzzle Adventure
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Ron Gilbert is an industry legend. Having grown up with so many of his games as a young child it was partly thanks to Mr. Gilbert (amongst other icons from the era) that my love for the medium blossomed continuing right through to my teens and eventually adulthood. Maniac Mansion was the very first computer game I ever bought with the pocket monies I had earned from doing odd jobs around the family house and I cherished it (although I never completed it nor got very far into it - this being the days of pre-internet where walkthroughs, hints and lets play's were distant and unimaginable realities). Thanks to a little series known as Monkey Island, featuring an intrepid wanna-be pirate hero named Guybrush Threepwood, Gilbert's name would forever be etched into the far recesses of my game-loving mind and by default become a cause for celebration when releasing something new.

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The Cave, Ron Gilberts latest adventure creation, carries the DNA of both Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island in its veins. Where as his previous game, the Deathspank series, grew tiresome very quickly thanks to a titular hero that loved the sound of his own dumb voice as he rattled off one bad pun or joke too many, The Cave is ghoulishly funny. The Caves core mechanic should be instantly recognizable to anyone who has played Maniac Mansion. Offering seven characters from which you can choose any three to take on a spelunking adventure will determine the kind of adventure you will experience. Each one of the seven characters: an adventurer, scientist, monk, time-traveler, knight, set of twins and hillbilly have their own grim tale for you to uncover by exploring areas of the cave unique to them. Choose the knight and you will need to get the blessing of marriage from a wayward king's daughters in order to retrieve a sword set in stone or choose the time-traveler and you will encounter a future where you will be required to decode its past in order to unlock its secrets.

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Desire and greed are the motivating factors that drives each of these characters forward whether that be the twins plotting to murder their strict no-fun loving Victorian parents or a scientist hellbent on unleashing an atomic bomb into the world despite repeated efforts by npc's and the games narrator that doing so would be catastrophic. Each characters story arc acts as a darkly morbid cautionary tale and for the most part it's funny in a way that elicits giggles even when each character you choose is committing duplicitous acts in order to achieve their wants and needs.

The Cave plays out like a side-scrolling platformer with adventure/puzzle solving elements and sadly this is where the game struggles to make a lasting impression. Controls are fiddly and many of the puzzles you encounter will require excessive backtracking in order to complete. The Cave also overuses a certain mechanic - the dragging of crates and boxes in order to move the game forward - and it's this overuse that ends up making it feel a bit uninspired and generic in the puzzle solving department. While some of the incorporated puzzles are clever and require some out of the box thinking, too many rely on the lazy mechanic of dragging a box or crate to proceed. The Cave does, however, have a novel approach to replay value because finishing the game with your chosen three characters means you have four more characters each with their own individual areas within the cave to explore.

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Gilberts black humor does shine through The Cave even when some of the characters selfish tales lack the desired bite that accompanies the darkest of humor. As you progress through The Cave you will need to uncover each characters back-story by unlocking fragments from their past that are hidden deep within the cave itself and it's a pity that each characters tale is uncovered with as little fan-fare as possible. Static background drawings depicting a scene from the life and times of each characters is all you get. It would have been nice to have the narrator, who is the voice of the cave, recount each characters past which would have in turn added more gravitas to their greedy, selfish natures as we witness their slow undoings.[/tr]
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The Cave attempts to teach its players lessons about the nature of greed and letting one's desires run rampant without a care or thought for others but most of this stuff should already be apparent to all except the heartless, psychotic and pathological of you out there and as a throwback it's an interesting mix of old and new. As a game, The Cave is a bit of a mixed bag that never truly settles into its own identity but even Gilbert on a good (although not great) day is better than no Gilbert at all and while not all of The Cave comes together as planned it still offers up enough juicy adventure gaming goodness to warrant a purchase.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Rating 7.5/10
Overview: 2d Puzzle Platformer

The Good

+ The main premise is that there are 7 unique characters, you choose 3 to control as you make your way through the cave. Each character has their own unique level associated with them. This provides some level of replayability.

+ The levels themselves are fun to play and each one provides its own unique puzzles to solve which makes the game interesting.

+Nice graphical art style

+ Game controls nicely with gamepad

The Average

Like most games that focus on humor, the dialogue can be very hit or miss.

It can be a short game if you don't bother to replay it with the other characters.


The Bad

- Because you have to switch between 3 characters to solve the puzzles in the game, this creates a lot of needless backtracking. A lot of the puzzles themselves revolve around you going to one side of the map picking up an item and having to go back to the other side. Over time this starts become very tedious.

Conclusion

This is a very charming game, something you would normally expect from Ron Gilbert and Double Fine. If you get this game, you are playing it to experience the different scenarios each character has to offer along with the puzzles that come along with them.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Delightful game with a wonderful sense of humour - will keep you chuckling the whole way through. With so many characters to choose from, you'll want to play the game over and over.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
This is a beautifull puzzle game from a graphic/sound/music perspective. The gnu/linux(steamos) port is really bad regarding the smoothness of the animation, but it works (radeon open source driver on a powerfull R9 280X).
It's really a good time. The puzzles were "just right" for me. But be warned of one thing which could *really* get on the nerves of some gamers: if you want to fully complete the game, you will have to start over many times and redo several times the same puzzles.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
This is a fun puzzle game. In the beginning you chose 3 characters, from 7, whom you are going to play the game with. There ars different stages which you can only open with a certain character. So when you finish, you did net get everything that is in the game, you can just start over with different characters. This makes that the game stays a challenge, even if you have played it once before, just because it is different everytime you play with different characters. I like this game a lot.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Start out the game and pick a small team out of a bunch of different characters with which you will use to explore various locations in the cave and use their powers to power past a series of different challenges. The characters are fun and unique and play well with any of the challenges.

The enviroment is very well done and makes for an enjoyable experience to run through. Each enviroment is very well crafted and presents puzzles that fit those areas and make sense for the characters as well.

The game is an enjoyable expierence to run through and the puzzles present enough challenge to be both frustrating and enjoying.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
This is what i call a creative game, it is smart ,funny , cute and full, everthing works fine the world is beautiful and the sounds as well.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
I bought this game just becouse i found its description funny. I never thought i ll love it so much. I was playing it for 4 hours and cannot stop. Its so interesting and quete hard with its logic tasks. Plus to that it is really funny . Recommend to all of u, friends!
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
the best part of this game is that there are scenes that remind u of monkey island and then u go and play that instead which is a better game.
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70 of 76 people (92%) found this review helpful
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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62 of 68 people (91%) found this review helpful
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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48 of 55 people (87%) found this review helpful
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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35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful
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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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
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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114 of 172 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
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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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2014
The Cave is an unusual but fun puzzle game. Unlike other puzzle games, The Cave ultilizes much dark humor and sarcasm in puzzle solving process to keep the player interested in. At the beginning The player have to choose 3 out of 7 characters to start the adventure into a cave. But the journey would differ according to the characters you select since each character have his/her unique story and challenge. That means the player must play at least 3 times to complete the whole story. And each character has two entirely different endings: bad and happy ending. Hence more tries might be required if the player want to see all the endings. The story exclusive to each specific character is absolutely the essence of this puzzle game. Apart from unexpected solution and idea everywhere, most importantly, the storyteller seems to intentionally hide his/her life philosphy in the puzzle solving process. Unfortunately I have to keep secret about this to avoid spoiling other players' fun.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
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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