Excerpt: Talking people, talking animals and talking cars, although until I played this game, I don’t think I had ever heard of a talking cave before. The Cave certainly has an odd premise for its storyline, although it turns out that the game itself is a lot less inventive when it comes to how it actually plays. The Cave stars a total of 7 playable characters, all of whom remain mute throughout the entire game and are harbouring some dark secrets.
Summary: Ron Gilbert, being responsible for classic LucasArts titles like Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island, is a legend in adventure game circles. His latest adventure, The Cave , feels a bit like a return to those roots but winds up being something altogether different. Unlike his other games, The Cave is not a singular tale.
Preview: The Cave is an intriguing puzzle/platformer hybrid
24 February 2013
Excerpt: I find that most puzzle games train the player to solve a certain brand of gameplay, and that’s fine. For example, that famous marketing quip, “Think in Portals”. But The Cave seems to have potential to be something else entirely. The puzzles are situational and are somewhat grounded in common logic. When I played The Cave , solutions came together in a very intrinsic way that was fresh and unexpected.
Review: Years of creative vision have chiseled The Cave crystal-fine
15 February 2013
Excerpt: The Cave was an idea that creator Ron Gilbert incubated for 25 years. It dates back to his days at LucasArt (then Lucasfilm Games), where he made Maniac Mansion and other adventure games, like The Secret of Monkey Island . So what can one man learn about the genre in over two decades? All that knowledge and experience is summed up in The Cave , which released first on Jan.
Summary: A graphic adventure game that has triple-A humor but lacks the substance to be an ever-lasting gem. Great for a single run through or to enjoy a laugh with friends, but once the laughs die down so does the game. Only lovers of the genre will keep coming back for thirds and fourths.
Pros: Witty and fun humor, Different level designs, Character variety
Cons: Game ruining bugs, Easy puzzles, Limited replayability
Excerpt: Throughout this console generation we’ve seen a lot of melding of genres; for example, just about every game has some sort of RPG element now. The point and click adventure game is a genre that hasn’t really been involved in this mass melding. We’ve seen Telltale Games change it up a little with The Walking Dead , but now adventure game master Ron Gilbert and Double Fine have decided to try their hand at it.
Excerpt: The Cave is the story of seven individuals that must go through a series of challenges through a talking cave. The Cave is a platform based adventure game from Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert.
Summary: The Cave is one of those games that not only harkens back to the golden era of point and click adventure gaming, but highlights the best of what we can do in the modern age of gaming as well. The story is as deep and allegorical as it is witty and dark. The gameplay and puzzles are entertaining enough that anyone can enjoy what’s here without getting frustrated.
Excerpt: A knight, a hillbilly, a scientist, a monk, an adventurer, a time traveler, and a pair of twin children walk into a talking cave… This isn’t the beginning of a bad joke, but a fine dark comedy adventure created by Ron Gilbert of Monkey Island fame. Like his previous work, The Cave presents players with a signature style unlike the majority of contemporary offerings, and the full experience leaves an impression greater than its brief duration might suggest.
Pros: Intriguing narrative, Well-integrated puzzles, Accessible to a wide audience
Cons: Being forced to repeat levels, Imprecise controls