Wii U Indie Game Review: The Cave
Title: The Cave
Platform: PlayStation Network / Nintendo eShop / Xbox Live Arcade/ PC /iOS /Android (reviewed on Wii U)
Developer: Double fine productions
Release date: Wii U: January 24 2013
TL;DR: A great adventure, puzzle game for all the family.
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Ever tried to get your girlfriend back, but accidently burnt down the local fair ground? Set off a nuclear missile? How about luring monsters with only a hot dog and a stick? No? Well I have, and I loved every minute of it! This week I will be reviewing The Cave as my second installment of “The importance of Indie games for Wii U users”.
The Cave ’s narrative is based around a magical, talking cave with an extremely dark sense of humour. Seven characters, drawn from across time and space and harbouring dark secrets, have come to the Cave, believing they can learn something new about themselves. In one example, a graceless hillbilly tries to win the love of the amazing two legged lady by winning her a pink teddy bear. To cut a long story short the Hillbilly wins her the bear, but the two legged lady only has eyes for the weediest strong man I’ve ever seen, of course the Hillbilly sets the carnival on fire. I wonder if he learned anything new about himself?
Ron Gilbert’s warped sense of humour shines through The Cave, whilst showing similar characteristics from his earlier game Monkey Island. You have seven different characters to choose from and must choose three of them to help you make your way throughout the treacherous, talking cave. Each character has a unique, humorous backstory you have to manoeuvre through to reach the end of the tale, and I was hooked. My boyfriend on the other hand was not happy I was hogging the Wii U and the TV for the whole day!
“One of my favourite things about The Cave is that because every character has a different backstory you can play the game more than once, and still get a whole new campaign.”
The Cave plays more like a platformer, with a whole lot of jumping around, but, at its core, still plays like an adventure game. I ever had so much fun playing a game as I did with The Cave as it was full of puzzles for all different levels, and had a great sense of humour. I really like the fact that you have to use all three characters at once to finish a puzzle, which gives you more scope and ideas for problem solving. Even though this is a great puzzle game, my only wish would be that there could be more dialogue and a sense of purpose for the characters. The Cave could have been so much more and I think the lacklustre ending ruined what could have been a great game.
“There is no hint system in the game like Trine 2, but you can either take this as a positive or a negative depending on your skill level. ”
There is no hint system in the game like Trine 2, but you can either take this as a positive or a negative depending on your skill level. I felt this was something I needed to do myself, and even though sometimes I felt like I was going to pull my hair out, I found that if I waited long enough it would all fall into place. You know like when you have some flat batteries and you can’t think for the life of you how to charge them? Then all of a sudden it hits you, I just drop them into the pool of electric eels and it all makes sense!
Whilst The Cave’s cartoonish art style had me wanting to play more, the character physics did not. It wasn’t the worse thing in the world, but every time I wanted to jump to the floor I would end up clinging onto the nearest ledge. Even though the bad mechanics played a huge part in the gameplay I still loved The Cave. One of my favourite things about The Cave is that because every character has a different backstory you can play the game more than once, and still get a whole new campaign. The game was short and to the point but I enjoyed it so much I wished it could’ve lasted longer.
Another great game from Ron Gilbert, whilst The Caves dark humour is the games driving force it does lack dialogue. All that being said The Cave is a great adventure game to play over the weekend or even in one night, and is stacked to the brim of charm and charisma.
- Great cartoon style.
- Dark sense of humour.
- Great replay value.
- Poor character physics.
- Would have been great to have more dialogue.
- I wished the game was longer.
The Cave is a PEGI 12 and contains cartoon violence. The game doesn’t have its own hint system, but I think The Cave is great for all levels..