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.
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: 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: For something different, clever, interesting, and stylish, The Cave is a sure bet. The draw of the old-school adventure remains, minus much of the tedium that might have kept the average gamer away, and although there is room for improvement in its design, the dark narrative arouses curiosity enough to draw players into the experience, even for return visits.
Pros: Intriguing narrative, Well-integrated puzzles, Accessible to a wide audience
Cons: Being forced to repeat levels, Imprecise controls
Conclusion: Concept: Explore a mystical cave with a motley crew of adventurers, solving puzzles as you go
Graphics: Beautiful animation helps distinguish each character
Sound: A subdued musical score supports the amusing narration
Playability: Simple platforming controls allow easy navigation, but sometimes button presses don’t do what you want them to
Entertainment: Patient explorers will enjoy the smart puzzle design, but pacing is slow
Conclusion: "...you’ll need to go through it a few times to see all of the locations and to discover the whole story." "...all of the other characters' levels are just as impressive." "The platforming controls feel imprecise and, at times, a bit clunky...
Pros: Challenging and rewarding puzzles, Uncovering each character's personal story, The dark humor
Cons: The occasional frame-rate dip, Taking multiple treks to position your characters, Clunky platforming controls