Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, then descend into the mysterious depths to explore The Cave!
User reviews: Very Positive (822 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
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 24
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
game play becomes repetative, the characters move too fast on the screen to make this any fun. 40/100
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 9
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0.1 hrs on record
Why hasn't anyone made a dungeon crawler where you crawl through the Odessa Catacombs.
Posted: September 24
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9.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 3
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20.0 hrs on record
Oh, wow, do I love this game. It reminds me of the kinds of games I grew up with as a child and played over and over again until I could do them perfectly. . . The problem with not having all that much money but having way too much time on my hands as a child. That's first world problems for you.

I'm not going to say it's for everyone, though. The humor is rather dry and often at least a little bit macabre (the twins, for instance) but if you like dark humor (which I love) this game will at least be fun for that.

There are a few problems. There are some odd glitches every now and again, though they are not all that frequent (unless you're doing the no deaths runthrough, when every deadly glitch rears its ugly head). The biggest problem is that you can't skip any of the cutscenes or dialogue. Don't get me wrong, both are superb in this game (I'm pretty sure Grey DeLisle voices at least one of them, too) but since this is a game that relies on multiple playthroughs, the skip feature really should have been included. I mean, trying to do the no deaths playthrough alone will probably have you just leaving the room on occasion to do other things while you wait.

Saying all that, this game is just too much fun to pass up. It's worth the price and if it's on sale, doubly so. Oh, and get the soundtrack because it is fantastic!

(Also, I just checked, and Grey actually voices three characters.)
Posted: September 26
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9.8 hrs on record
Dark comedy and interesting characters, great puzzler. It stinks that there's seven characters and you play with 3 each time, so you have to replay 2 characters in order to get them all. LOVE the narrator.
Posted: September 29
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3.3 hrs on record
It is a good game for the price of $10, I feel that the replay value isnt very high, even thought there are differnt chracters in the game, it is still a very fun indie game to play through.
Posted: September 30
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22.5 hrs on record
Kind of a cross between a point-and-click adventure game and a puzzle platformer. Anyone who enjoyed the old Lost Vikings games will have a great time with The Cave. Only annoyances: some puzzles require (too?) much climbing up and down and navigating large distances between actions. Also, you have to play the game 5 times for every ending. It would also be more satisfying if there were hidden areas or secrets. However, overall I highly enjoyed playing this game. The many outside references throughout kept me smiling.
Posted: September 27
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6.0 hrs on record
A great game with appeal for multiple playthroughs. The puzzle were interesting and the game didn't drag on for too long. I would recommend it.
Posted: September 24
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5.9 hrs on record
Great fun when you're nursing a flu and can't play anything that requires reflexes or thinking too hard. Puzzles just hard enough that they're not immediately obvious, but aren't major showstoppers either.

Also looks very pretty.

Some of the puzzles do require a bit of running from place to place. That's annoying.
Posted: September 25
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4.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 6
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2.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 7
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1.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 7
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0.4 hrs on record
Meeeeeeehhh ....
Posted: October 8
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21.1 hrs on record
great game but it will be better if there is coop, not local coop
Posted: October 15
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0.8 hrs on record
Not worth the price. Looks nice but the gameplay is average at best.
Posted: October 16
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1.5 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 15
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 5
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