• The Cave
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  • Combines humor with dark storytelling.
  • Plenty of funny, clever puzzles.
  • Funny voice acting.


  • Controlling three characters at once is frustrating.
  • Having to repeat puzzles in order to see the new ones.

Expert reviews and ratings

By PC Authority on 50

Many of us are children of the adventure game, fondly remembering the first time we learned the secret of Big Whoop, or crying ‘Look out, the British are coming' when trying to deviously distract others. The minds of Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer were key...

By New Game Network on 79

A solid title with clever humor and beautiful art. The Cave, even though it's not strictly a point-and-click adventure, does manage to bring back a lot fond...

By AdventureGamers on 80

The Cave may not turn out to be the genre trailblazer that Maniac Mansion was, but this modern day classic puts a new spin on many of the adventure conventions that have been around since Colossal Cave.

By PC Gamer on 67

A descent that forces its characters to face the past, while ignoring the superior games that came before...

By GameSpy on 70

I still don't know what The Cave is, precisely. I know what the game itself is -- it's a visually stylish platforming adventure laced with dark humor that reminds me fondly of Maniac Mansion and Trine -- but the eponymous sentient, manipulative,...

By TheTelegraph on 40

Disappointing as a puzzle game, inconsequential as a platformer and far too reliant on players having the patience to traipse around, The Cave ends up feeling extremely hollow.

By Cheat Code Central on 74

What was the last multi-character 2D adventure puzzle platformer that you can remember? The Lost Vikings? It’s not exactly a genre that has seen a lot of mileage over the years. Regardless, Double Fine and Ron Gilbert have attempted to bring the genre...

By IGN on 79

Maybe that’s because the story is mostly told through scattered comic-book-style panels or because the only real dialogue comes from The Cave itself and not the seven characters. But being a Ron Gilbert-built adventure game in the modern era, it’s wholly unique in the market and your game library will be a better place with it included.

By EuroGamer on 70

Plunge into The Cave and you'll definitely have fun finding your way out. It's just a shame it doesn't go deeper.

By GameSpot on 70

Its mashup of elements from platformers and point-and-clicks fare less well, but if you can overlook those small flaws The Cave is a dark, yet humorous adventure that ably exercises the grey matter.

By NowGamer on 69

A funny platformer/puzzle game, The Cave is a little rough around the edges and forces players into backtracking across its levels, but Double Fine's humour and characters make it worth it.

By 1Up on 75

I really don't need to tell any of you adventure game fans that we're in the midst of a genre renaissance. This past year has seen a wealth of titles that present many different takes on one of gaming's oldest genres. From Telltale's award-winning...

By Gaming Age on 85

While Telltale Games can certainly be accredited with the revival of the traditional adventure game, it’s nice to see someone else giving it a shot. Especially when that someone else ends up being Ron Gilbert, famed former LucasArts developer behind...

International Review By techcetera.co on 81

Últimamente he estado jugando un juego llamado The Cave, que me ha encantado pues mezcla aventura, estrategia y la necesidad de resolver acertijos...

International Review By Eurogamer on 80

Ron Gilbert, manden bag stortitlerne Maniac Mansion og Monkey Island er tilbage med endnu et peg-og-klik-eventyr, The Cave. I The Cave møder spilleren syv forskellige eventyrere med hver deres historie og forskellige evner. Det er op til spilleren selv...

International Review By techmagnifier.com on 60

For those, who are in love with dark humor and logic puzzle solving games, The Cave might prove to be a good day to enjoy your weekend. Also, it depends on your choices that will make the characters progress in the game. And going through The Cave...

International Review By ZDNet.be on 70

The Cave is van de hand van de maker van adventuregame Monkey Island, en stopt dezelfde humor en spitsvondigheid in de...

International Review By Gamezoom.net on 80

Mit The Cave liefert Ron Gilbert ein humorvolles Adventure ab, welches mit logischen Rätseln und einem schrägen Humor punktet. Trotz kleinerer Kritikpunkte können wir für sämtliche Adventure-Fans eine Kaufempfehlung aussprechen, was auch am günstigen...

International Review By Technic3D on 81

The Cave ist ein unterhaltsames Adventure mit schwarzem Humor, gelungenem Rätseldesign, guter Atmosphäre, hohem Wiederspielwert und netten Verweisen auf die Klassiker. Leider fällt die Spielzeit mit etwa 5 Stunden pro Durchgang geringer aus als erhofft....