Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Jan 22, 2013
    The Cave has a handful of faults, sure, but the overall experience is well worth checking out.
  2. Jan 23, 2013
    The graphics are sharp, with that distinctive Double Fine cartoony look, and both the soundtrack and voice work are top notch. The Cave and other voiced characters are funny as well, and while it's possible Gilbert either enlisted his friends to do the parts or picked hobos at random, they all do a great job.
  3. Jan 22, 2013
    Despite some brief rough patches and a structure that requires replay, The Cave is a thoroughly entertaining descent that lives up to its pedigree. Gameplay and narrative work together to create a funny and surprising adventure with inventive puzzles that hit the challenge sweet spot just right.
  4. Jan 27, 2013
    Adventure game fans should take the time to do a little spelunking in The Cave.
  5. Jan 22, 2013
    A remarkable adventure with an imaginative puzzle design and a funny plot that offers the best face of Ron Gilbert.
  6. Jan 22, 2013
    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.
  7. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Feb 27, 2013
    A brilliant adventure, platform and puzzle game. [Issue#95, p.84]
  8. Feb 8, 2013
    The Cave reminds us why adventures like Monkey Island and Zak McKracken were so loved: even if offering a much more essential experience, Ron Gilbert’s irony and creativity are all still there. It fumbles on the weird co-op implementation and some frustrating moments, but it surely deserves to be played.
  9. Feb 4, 2013
    The Cave is a solid adventure game.
  10. Jan 30, 2013
    The Cave has become a special downloadable adventure which was obviously worked on with lots of love and care. The humor, clever game mechanics, fun puzzles and infallible visual presentation; anything you'd desire from an adventure-game can be found here. That makes it forgivable that the few hours of entertainment it initially offers contain a few minor errors.
  11. Jan 22, 2013
    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.
  12. Jan 22, 2013
    The lack of an overarching story seems unfortunate considering Ron Gilbert's pedigree, too. However there is a strong thematic link throughout the game: archetypes are turned on their heads by egotism, and by the time you make it to the bottom, one man's treasure has become another's trinket.
  13. Jan 22, 2013
    An extremely entertaining, surprising, and inventive adventure all the way through. The characters' surprising stories make you want to uncover the dark history of each one, and the challenging puzzles are rewarding to conquer.
  14. Games Master UK
    Feb 9, 2013
    A fine attempt at modernising adventure games that's sullied by too much repetition. [March 2013, p.71]
  15. Jan 22, 2013
    Delightfully, The Cave is, in fact, a pure, puzzle-solving adventure game rife with funny lines and chuckle-inducing non sequiturs despite trying to disguise itself as a side-scrolling platformer. It doesn't stay with you the way Gilbert's classics did, however.
  16. Jan 22, 2013
    At least you don't have to solve solo; The Cave supports up to three players working together on a single TV, but falls short of letting players split up, so you still have to switch back and forth as puzzles demand characters in different locations. Still, that cooperative vibe echoes the way many players first encountered the genre – a group of friends gathered around a screen, laughing at the crazy solutions required to slip past a perplexing blocked path. In replicating that novel experience, The Cave succeeds.
  17. Feb 7, 2013
    The Cave is a nice game and worth it to play because of the good puzzles. You definitely need to be patient to solve all.
  18. Jan 28, 2013
    The Cave clings to some genre tropes that we could do without in 2013, but the game is redeemed by its wicked sense of humour and wonderful presentation. A must for puzzle fans.
  19. Jan 25, 2013
    Whether you are looking for a short escape from the backlog of games, a treat before the gaming year begins or simply a pleasant arcade title that is actually worth the Microsoft Points, The Cave is worth picking up and will cater for most player's wants in an adventure game. Plus, everyone loves a good laugh and this one will leave you with a sore stomach!
  20. Jan 23, 2013
    The Cave does a good job creating a cool character (the Cave itself) and using the classic point'n click engine in a whole new package. Is funny to play, also charming, and definitely feels like a Ron Gilbert Game. It has some problems related with the core mechanic, but as a downloadable title deserves at least one try specially if you like the genre.
  21. Jan 22, 2013
    A morbid, humorous romp filled with life lessons which should be apparent already to all but the total sociopath. While there are some niggling issues with overall polish, it's a fun time for fans of adventure games that should set you to giggling and, hopefully, feeling just a little bit guilty about that glee.
  22. 75
    The Cave's charms aren't meant for longevity or deep, thinky examination. Its breezy morality play feels more like a small, self-contained, eccentric dose of dark humor, best suited for whiling away a gloomy afternoon spent indoors.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 91
  2. Negative: 10 out of 91
  1. Jan 24, 2013
    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. Full Review »
  2. Jan 24, 2013
    The Cave is incredibly fun. The puzzles can, at times, be ridiculously hard, but so few games have those kinds of puzzles any more, so it wasThe Cave is incredibly fun. The puzzles can, at times, be ridiculously hard, but so few games have those kinds of puzzles any more, so it was a nice change. I thought all the playable characters are all great, even the ones that initially seemed boring. The narrator and characters you meet along the way are fun, well-written and interesting. The controls can occasionally be annoying but are otherwise good. And I loved the graphics and music! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes puzzle games. Full Review »
  3. Jan 28, 2013
    This is pretty much a kids game only IMO. For an adult I felt that the platforming was very tedious in the sense that it was slow and clunky.This is pretty much a kids game only IMO. For an adult I felt that the platforming was very tedious in the sense that it was slow and clunky. Climbing a ladder in this game is just brutal and it has to be done quite often. The puzzles were not very well designed. If you were looking for clever puzzles that give you a huge sense of satisfaction after solving this is not it (unless you are a kid of course). The characters unique special abilities mattered so little I'm really not sure why they wasted time putting them in the game at all. Kinda frustrating to see all that wasted potential there. The scenrey was cool though and the art really had me sucked into the game. I would have rather dealt with bad art than bad gameplay though. Full Review »