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Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Cave is an adventure game from Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert, and Double Fine Productions, the studio behind Psychonauts and Brütal Legend. Assemble your team of 3 from seven unlikely adventurers, each with their own unique personalities and stories, then descendThe Cave is an adventure game from Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert, and Double Fine Productions, the studio behind Psychonauts and Brütal Legend. Assemble your team of 3 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. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Jan 22, 2013
    91
    The Cave has a handful of faults, sure, but the overall experience is well worth checking out.
  2. Jan 22, 2013
    83
    Characters, puzzles, humor: The Cave bears the distinctive handwriting of its creator Ron Gilbert. But while this creative beauty was awakened after a 20-year-long slumber, it shows some facets that are not as pretty. The puzzles could be more elaborate, the level design more varied and the engine more fluent.
  3. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    A clever adventure puzzle game that reminds me of a simpler time in gaming. The guys at Double Fine do a great job in working with mechanics of yesteryear and make The Cave a compelling adventure from start to finish.
  4. Jan 22, 2013
    70
    Although it's not as funny as past Ron Gilbert games, The Cave still manages to charm through its visuals and honey-tongued narrator, but it falls flat when it comes to storytelling.
  5. The Cave is a game worth experiencing at least once. Truly funny games are rare, much less funny games that cover themes as diverse as sin, murder, redemption and desire. The fact that it covers these topics with a sense of style and ease (and without feeling like you’re being bludgeoned with a philosophy textbook) is praiseworthy.
  6. Jan 23, 2013
    70
    Maybe we were expecting too much, but it's alright. It's entertaining and will make us smile, but there's no evolution or surprises here. We know it's just warming up for what's yet to come, however, if you miss those classic adventure games probably you'll enjoy this.
  7. Jan 22, 2013
    40
    Given the pedigree of Ron Gilbert and Double Fine Productions' past works, a lot of people will be understandably excited by the prospect of The Cave. On paper, it sounds appealing, with its variety of characters and plethora of reasons to replay. It looks charming and, at first, the humour hits the spot. Problems lie with its inability to give you any great reason to replay it. It's just all too disappointingly shallow.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Jan 27, 2013
    10
    This game is the first game in a LONG time that the moment I finished it I wanted to instantly play through it again. See you can only pick 3This game is the first game in a LONG time that the moment I finished it I wanted to instantly play through it again. See you can only pick 3 out of the 7 characters each time and each has different puzzles throughout. This game is brilliant, the puzzles are tough but dont require digging around online for solutions (if you think about it you can figure it out) and the humor is top-notch. A must pick up for puzzle/platformer fans. Expand
  2. Jan 24, 2013
    10
    Quite a game should i say. Interesting, astonishing, with a splendid humor (even black humour sometimes), a great addition to those gamesQuite a game should i say. Interesting, astonishing, with a splendid humor (even black humour sometimes), a great addition to those games created by Shafer and Gilbert. Lot of puzzles. Haven't seen such a game for a very long time. Oh, yeah, and there is also a bit of moral for every story you will hear from The Cave. Expand
  3. Jan 27, 2013
    9
    Me and my two boys played it, I would say 9 and up with some guidance is fine, I would suggest not using the twins pretty grim story. ForMe and my two boys played it, I would say 9 and up with some guidance is fine, I would suggest not using the twins pretty grim story. For teens and adults it is funny, clever and challenging. The puzzles make sense so with some thought are solvable. Great Great game. Says hell multiple times and Blood is splattered on walls. Fun to play around with a few people or solo. Expand
  4. Jan 24, 2013
    9
    Play this for the art and animation alone. Holy crap. It's also pretty funny and presents a nice level of puzzle challenge. I really don'tPlay this for the art and animation alone. Holy crap. It's also pretty funny and presents a nice level of puzzle challenge. I really don't understand why this game is getting middling scores. It's fantastic. My only problem is the terrible mouse and keyboard control, but that's rectified by plugging in a controller. Expand
  5. Jan 26, 2013
    8
    First of all this is a really cool game. It was nice that I could choose 3 from 7 characters in the beginning. The voices, sounds, music andFirst of all this is a really cool game. It was nice that I could choose 3 from 7 characters in the beginning. The voices, sounds, music and visuals are also good. But honestly it's not a long game (even if you do all the 7 characters). Most of the puzzles are pretty easy but definitely not for children. The second time when i played through I was bored because the three extra mission was not enough to make the main missions still exciting. Highly recommended game. Expand
  6. Feb 3, 2015
    7
    A puzzle-platformer from Double Fine productions, The Cave has all the usual charm and humour you’d expect from the Tim Schafer foundedA puzzle-platformer from Double Fine productions, The Cave has all the usual charm and humour you’d expect from the Tim Schafer founded company. Truth be told the platforming is very basic but the puzzles are generally logical and fun to solve and, particularly when played with a friend or two, it makes for an entertaining experience. Expand
  7. Jan 28, 2013
    3
    It tries really hard to be funny, it isn't.
    Overly short.
    Character abilities are near insignificant with few exceptions. Puzzles are
    It tries really hard to be funny, it isn't.
    Overly short.
    Character abilities are near insignificant with few exceptions.
    Puzzles are underwhelming (there is the occasional moon logic one but those aren't hard to figure out either)
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