Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, then descend into the mysterious depths to explore The Cave!
User reviews: Very Positive (827 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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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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    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
6 of 7 people (86%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.7 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
This game was fun once, but its' replayability is limited. It offers multiple characters who each come with their own levels, but those levels are interspersed with stock levels that you have to run through every time. There isn't enough variation in the characters to make those stock levels interesting on subsequent replays.
THe play-through time with one set of characters is also quite short so, while the dialogue and story is fun, the game just isn't that worth it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Gameplay and universe are nice, the storytelling quite funny, but it is just a classic platform game. If you want a deep game, try Braid.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
This was a bit of a boring game. It was confusing to work out the game and controls at the beginning. Much Googling was involved. There isn't anything that compels players to finish the game. By now I have even forgotten the storyline.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Cool design and funny story telling, but the game play is very unintuitive and repetitive. No real tool tips on why you should pick certain characters.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Meeeeeeehhh ....
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Not worth the price. Looks nice but the gameplay is average at best.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
great game but it will be better if there is coop, not local coop
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
It's a nice Jump and Run Game, and you play with three characters. this make its unique. The Graphics is excellent, and the ideas and puzzle you have to solve are great.

+ Game idea
+ Graphics
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
worth
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11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Excelente jogo! Muito fofo, recomendo :3
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17 of 21 people (81%) 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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8 of 9 people (89%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Would recommend this game to anyone who likes platforming, adventuring, quirky puzzles, LittleBigPlanet, or AMAZING NARRATORS. Seriously, the game is worth buying for the vocals, alone.
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1 of 1 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
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
The Cave, made by Ron Gilbert, best known for Maniac Mansion and the first two Monkey Island games, along with many other fun, creative, enjoyable games.

I wanted to like this game. That's how it's supposed to work, right? A creator who pioneers an era of video-gaming gets shoved aside for a few years, and he comes back, proving he just needed monetary backing to let his creative energies flow and creates a solid game that showcases his unique vision and proves himself worthy of great respect and consideration.

I wanted to experience that... but I did not.

The puzzles are fun the first playthrough, and the concept of "different characters can solve the puzzles different ways," filled me with nostalgic glee for the original Maniac Mansion, but it's not to be. The majority of puzzles are the same no matter who you choose. The characters' individual powers only really matter for their individual maps and some token moments. Moreover, most of the characters just aren't that interesting. The Scientist's story was probably the best. The Twins' was at least amusing. But, the rest...

The game has multiple endings. The ending you get depends entirely on a choice you make at the very end of the game. You must play through the game a second time to see the other ending. No saving and reloading. This is not how you do multiple endings in a satisfying way. This is just wasting our time.

You probably would be better off watching a Let's Play than actually playing the game.
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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
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Cute and Funny; I'm starting to notice a pattern of the games I like. Ha!

Every time you start up a game you pick 3 of the 7 characters and then puzzles are combined based on the unique abilities of those chosen. Dark Humor with a semi-serious undertone, the story line is carried out through a sexily-voiced narrator that will keep you at a modest chuckle throughout. I was satisfactorily entertained and look forward to seeing the story completed for each of the characters.

7.5/10
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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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