Puzzling: Double Fine Teases Ron Gilbert’s New Game

By Nathan Grayson on May 11th, 2012 at 11:00 am.

Spelunk is a weird word.
For the longest time, Double Fine’s been hinting at a “secret project” heralding from the gleefully demented brain of Monkey Island veteran Ron Gilbert. But what could it be? A truly next-gen oven mitt? Bread that butters other bread, which in turn butters it back? A bluetooth headset that doesn’t make you look like you deserve to be crushed by a phone factory? Turns out, it’s definitely better than all of those things put together, even though I have no earthly idea what it is yet. I mean, look at that image. Apparently, Game Informer had to assemble it from separate, smaller images. This, I am certain, could revolutionize gaming – provided, of course, Double Fine includes a 37-step tutorial explaining that the small pieces aren’t for eating. I always mess that part up.

So obvious speculation says this is Double-Fine-ese for “This is a puzzle game” – or a game that involves a fair amount of puzzling in some form or another, at least. The vibe, meanwhile, seems wonderfully macabre, and the main cast — which appears to include a robot (!) with a gun (!!) and boots (!!!) – seems both large and diverse. I also spy sloped tunnels with characters running through them. Perhaps there’s platforming afoot?

The buried objects – which include a UFO – give off a post-apocalyptic vibe, though they could also be in-jokes, I suppose. And, because I love reading way too far into things, the light behind the characters seems to suggest they’ve just entered the tunnel, so I doubt it’s a game about emerging from, say, a Fallout-like vault or something. Honestly, though, I could be way off the mark. Maybe the ethereal lighting suggests ghosts, and the UFO suggests… alien ghosts.

Double Fine’s hosting a reveal event soon, but until then, what sort of Olympic-caliber jumps to conclusions can you make based on this image?

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    jrodman says:

    I’m frightened by the theme. Did I help to summon an ancient evil by funding this?

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      stahlwerk says:

      it’s not the kickstarter game.

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        jrodman says:

        Oh, huh, I’m not the only who made that mistake.

        Thanks for the clarification.

        (I’m still frightened.)

        • Text_Fish says:

          I’m a little annoyed that they’ve gone so quiet on that project for so long.

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            jrodman says:

            Are you following the game-specific forums? There’s some kind of news there, but i’m not generally reading it.

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            fredcadete says:

            They haven’t gone quiet. They just don’t want to break the first rule of the backer forums.

          • Wendelius says:

            Speaking of the backer forums, has http://www.doublefine.com as a whole been brought down? I can’t reach it right now.

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    selkcip says:

    That robot looks an awful lot like a knight. Are you sure it isn’t a knight? Not that I want it to be a robot instead of a knight, I like robots. It’s just that it looks like a knight to me.

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    Drayk says:

    I like what Double Fine does. I like Ron Gilbert. I think I might like that ^^

  4. The Dark One says:

    Spelunking is a really satisfying word to say. Like carbuncle, or feldspar.

  5. LionsPhil says:

    The robot has a gun, therefore this is a cover-based shooter with regenerating health! Boo! Boycott Double-Fine!

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    Yachmenev says:

    They did register the name “The Cave” earlier, which seems to fit this game. A puzzle game with a diverse cast, in a cave? I´m interested.

    • Skabooga says:

      If this is a modern remake of Spelunker, I’m going to kill myself by jumping off the curb onto the street.

  7. MadTinkerer says:

    Interesting. I wasn’t expecting news of the other projects they were hinting at so soon.

    Now if we backers could just have our video update that finally reveals what the Kickstarter Adventure is going to have regarding setting and characters, Tim, I’d be really happy.

    (I know we have to wait for the video to be edited nicely in order to get a nicely edited video, but I just can’t wait…)

    • Acorino says:

      The video will be released today, according to plan. Yeah, I’m excited too!

  8. Maldomel says:

    I don’t know what to think. Probably it’s a puzzle game with platform sections and time travel. Still, it is a very good news!

  9. Lemming says:

    “The buried objects – which include a UFO – give off a post-apocalyptic vibe,[…]”

    Wow hell of a leap there! I’d say it’s more 50’s alien invasion/abduction vibe given the farmer outfit, the scientist and the flying saucer..

  10. wodin says:

    I see an eye in the wood top right. Not sure if that has some meaning.

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  12. Lowbrow says:

    I thought Game Informer was “an American magazine” to RPS. So confused.

  13. Uninteresting Curse File Implement says:

    These just look like some secondary characters from the Psychonauts cast.

    Also, wasn’t the Kickstarted project the Schaffer/Gilbert one? Now they have a second one? What