Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, then descend into the mysterious depths to explore The Cave!
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Very Positive (1,297 reviews) - 85% of the 1,297 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

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
62 of 65 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
The cave is fun little game with multiply ways to finish it, and not too hard (usually, for puzzle geeks this will be really easy) puzzles. Its fun, 3-4 hours for one run, you should play it like 3 times to get all the ''endings'', sometimes there are little problems with controls, its really cute game, that for price of 1$ in the internet is absolutley worth of buying. If you have free night, come to the cave, it will tell you the story...(yes, its the talking cave).
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28 of 41 people (68%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
A puzzle platformer in which you chose 3/7 characters and go on an adventure in a talking cave, finding out that each character is not so secretly evil (or maybe not).

For a puzzle platformer, the puzzles are insanely easy. This comes from the ability to only pick up one item per character at a time. So there is no puzzle that requires multiple inventory actions on a single puzzle.
The puzzles are also fairly obvious, either way:
*You need to cheat a "guess your weight" game. You have a barbell and a magician that can turn items invisible to help you.
*You need to use an elevator, but the fuse is missing, luckily there's a fusebox with a fuse on the other side of the map that doesn't do anything.

Not to mention that the puzzles are padded to increase the length of the game. There's a part where you need your companions to stand on different colored pressure plates while the third navigates a maze. Rather than just doing it once or twice to demonstrate that you understand the mechanics, you have to do it half a dozen times. The worse is a mansion themed level which is 4 stories tall and you constantly have to run up and down the halls to complethete it.

Additionally, the puzzles have similar solutions. This one is especially heinous. There are a total of 13 levels in the game and 7 of them are character specific while the others are generalized. Of those 6 general levels 2 of them have no puzzles. On top of that, the last 2 generalized levels have the exact same solution which involves tricking an NPC with a tape recorder. This is inexcusable and really shows they were running out of ideas.

Speaking of levels, when you enter character specific levels, your other two members become dead weight except for occassionally weighing down other objects. In the mansion themed level, your other two party members can't even be used. To make matters worse, there's a mine themed level where you need to navigate 3 levles of labyrinth like mazes, which is fairly time consuming. The catch is that every time you complete the puzzle on one of these levels, you need to individually walk each of the 3 members up to the next level and insert them in the puzzle. Its frustrating, time consuming, and only serves to pad the game.

Luckily, the environment and style are pretty good and 2 of the NPCs are even charming.

Finally, the game has no replay value, despite requiring a minimum of 5 replays to get all 14 endings. The puzzles are even easier once you know the solution, there's no reason to speed run, so you play the entire game again just to find out the "good" or "bad" ending for a character, which becomes pretty obvious before you even get it.
*No replay value, but many replays. To make matters worse, with a group of 3 comprised from 7 characters, you're 3rd play, you'll only be expericing 1 new level.

For all of these reasons, I cannot recommend The Cave, even though there were parts that I liked.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
✔ Decent graphics and animations
✔ Excellent voice acting and good humour
✔ Excellent soundtracks
✔ Interesting game mechanics, good puzzle design
✔ GNU/Linux support!

✘ No DRM-free build?
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
This game is so much fun! Solving the puzzles is addictive once youve got so far you wont want to stop! The narration is humourous and entertaining, the graphics are beautiful I 100% reccomend this game! :D
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