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The Cave
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Overall 7
7.0

Dig Deep: Enter ‘The Cave’

New Gamer Nation
20 February 2013
  • Conclusion: Overall, The Cave was stylish yet confusing. The visual effects, sound, music, and comedic asides are all well-crafted elements that do not completely mix together well; a rewarding, whole experience is, disappointingly, lacking. The levels also seemed quite sparse, with only two or three major puzzles in each. Despite this, we’d still recommend a play-through to any avid adventure game or puzzler fan.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Adventure Gamers
4 February 2013
  • Conclusion: But even if its narrative falls short, so much of The Cave works well. Ron Gilbert’s most recent game is innovative in many of the same ways as his very first: it gives adventure gamers new ways to interact with the world, a new type of inventory, new methods for puzzle solving. But maybe ‘innovative’ is the wrong word, because all of those things are really just traditional adventure elements stripped down to the basics.
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Overall 7
7.4

The Cave

ActionTrip
1 February 2013
  • Conclusion: As it stands, The Cave is a reasonably entertaining product, giving you a sufficient amount of content for its price tag. While all the adventure and platform elements were fused well together, you'll always somehow find yourself expecting more. It almost seems like the devs were playing it safe, never going that extra mile, never pushing the limit in any way.
  • Pros: Ron Gilbert's touch is evident, the whole thing is stacked with plenty of zany Monkey Island inspired humor, smooth and uncluttered design, fun and easy-to-learn gameplay mechanics;
  • Cons: Level design and, well, we were hoping for more "adventure" when a name like Ron Gilbert is involved.
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Overall 7
7.4

The Cave

ActionTrip
1 February 2013
  • Conclusion: As it stands, The Cave is a reasonably entertaining product, giving you a sufficient amount of content for its price tag. While all the adventure and platform elements were fused well together, you'll always somehow find yourself expecting more. It almost seems like the devs were playing it safe, never going that extra mile, never pushing the limit in any way.
  • Pros: Ron Gilbert's touch is evident, the whole thing is stacked with plenty of zany Monkey Island inspired humor, smooth and uncluttered design, fun and easy-to-learn gameplay mechanics;
  • Cons: Level design and, well, we were hoping for more "adventure" when a name like Ron Gilbert is involved.
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Overall 7
6.7

The Cave review

PCGamer Online
30 January 2013
  • Conclusion: A descent that forces its characters to face the past, while ignoring the superior games that
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Overall 7
7.0

Cave, The

xbox360.gamespy.com
29 January 2013
  • Summary: The Cave's charm covers up its many blemishes.
  • Pros: Colorful characters; great sense of dark humor; gorgeous, nicely varied levels.
  • Cons: Glitches; wonky keyboard and mouse controls; adventure- and platform-light.
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Overall 8
7.5

The Cave review

MMGN
2 July 2013
  • Summary: The Cave is best on PC.
  • Pros: + Great story, + Awesome Visual style
  • Cons: - Broken controls, - Frame-rate stutter on the PS3/Xbox 360 version
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Overall 7
7.0

GAME REVIEW – The Cave (PC)

Alternative Magazine Online
27 April 2013
  • Conclusion: The Cave shines most during each character’s tailored level – everything else feels too much like filler. The fact that each character feels largely the same despite their unique abilities also hurts the game. There are seven characters so it would take at least three playthroughs to see everything the game has to offer, but after the first playthrough it’s debatable whether you’d feel the urge to replay, at least straight away.
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Overall 8
7.5

The Cave review

Gameplanet
5 March 2013
  • Summary: 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.
  • Pros: Sharp, dark sense of humour. Great presentation and thematic concept. Puzzles that rarely frustrate but often challenge.
  • Cons: Forced backtracking can become tedious. Platforming doesn't present much challenge.
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Overall 8
7.9

The Cave review: Intricate, rewarding puzzler, let down by repetition

CVG
22 January 2013
  • Summary: Mysterious things, caves: deep, dark, dangerous structures filled with unknown entities. Horrors? Treasures? Traps? No wonder there's a subculture devoted to underground exploration: there's nothing quite as thrilling as venturing into the Earth's gut, seeing sights no other human has seen before. But The Cave 's cave is more special than most.
  • Pros: Clever, devilish puzzles, Rewarding three-character structure, Amusing, unsettling story
  • Cons: Too much retreading of old ground on the second and third playthrough
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