The Cave Review
- Hilarious vocal performances by the Cave and its denizens.
- The option to uncover the stories and motivations of all 7 characters.
- Touch controls are extremely unreliable.
- A lot of backtracking involved.
- Much of the content is the same when playing again with different characters.
A potentially enjoyable and humerous puzzle-adventure game which is hampered by nasty touch controls and constant backtracking.
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The Cave is a funny game about horrible people. You take control of three out of a possible seven playable characters who enter the cave in search of what they desire most. The Cave itself is the game's main character, providing narration and offering insights to the adventurers as they descend further down, and engage in morally questionable actions in search of their goal.
At its core it's an adventure game by way of puzzle-platformer. The ultimate question, of course, is how this PC port has fared on its way to the App Store.
Everything is controlled via contest-sensitive touches. You tap to move, swipe to jump, and tap to interact with objects. Though we're glad the screen isn't littered with virtual buttons, the game gets easily confused by taps and gestures, and often misreads your inputs. Jumping is particularly bothersome, and many attempts to clear spikes pits will result in your character plunging to its demise. The constant stuttering and performance lag doesn't help matters either.
The characters are varied and entertaining, with each one gifted with its own special abilities. The knight, for example, can avoid falling to his death by sprouting angelic wings mid-fall, while the scientist can hack security equipment.
As enjoyable as the humour and the characters are, however, the puzzles themselves aren't all that engaging, with the game delivering more busywork than satisfying 'ah-ha!' moments. Also, as the puzzles usually involve wrangling all three members of your party, there's a lot of back tracking involved. And, if things go awry, often puzzle solutions will need to be reset to accomplish the final task to move on.
If you want to follow the stories of the other four characters after your first playthrough, you'll find yourself treading a lot of the same ground again. We suspect many players just won't enjoy the puzzles and controls enough to warrant a second playthrough. And, as enjoyable as some of the writing is, it's not enough to make up for the control issues and the lackluster gameplay.
DescriptionNote: The Cave requires an iPhone 4S/iPod Touch 5/iPad 2/iPad Mini or above.
Descend into the mysterious depths of The Cave in this adventure game from Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert and Double Fine Productions.
Assemble a team of unlikely adventurers – each with their own unique personalities and stories– and descend into the heart of a sprawling, sentient cave in order to find that which is most important to each of them. The Cave has had millennia to spruce up the place so prepare to dive deep and solve the puzzles hidden within exotic locations including a subterranean amusement park, medieval castle, and fully armed nuclear research facility. The Cave is waiting.
Seven Adventurers, Multiple Paths:
Choose a team of three out of seven explorers and descend into the depths of The Cave. From the Hillbilly to the Time Traveler, all 7 characters have their own unique personalities, special talents, and mysterious motivations for descending into The Cave.
Experience the detailed, stunning art style and humor that only Double Fine and Ron Gilbert can dream up.
Seamlessly switch between characters and work together to solve the puzzles held within The Cave’s depths. Every solution leads you closer to discovering the truth behind each character.
The secrets of The Cave are at the touch of your fingers. New touch screen controls enhance your experience on iOS.
“The Cave on iOS combines clever puzzles, excellent humour and nice presentation, one of the most fun puzzle games on iOS” - TouchGen
“The narration is hilarious, and the soothing music that plays in the background helps, even during the toughest parts of the game” - Modojo