It’s Totally Underground: The Cave’s First Trailer

By Nathan Grayson on May 25th, 2012 at 11:00 am.

Tee-hee, that tickles. Oh you.

I recently got to see Ron Gilbert’s latest slice of adventure platformer mania, The Cave, in action. It was pretty great. I mean, characters walked and jumped and moved - as though propelled ever onward by the invisible hand of fate or the very visible hand of someone holding a controller. You should’ve been there. But since you weren’t, I desperately struggled to find a way to best relay that experience back to you. At first, my preview was a bunch of screenshot cut-outs glued to popsicle sticks, and then I fiddled with tiny felt finger puppets. Alas, however, it just wasn’t the same. But then Double Fine released this trailer. Madness, I thought. How could a mere video beat the fully 3D, impossibly high-def and immersive experience of a finger puppet? But you know what? It sort of works. Given time, these things might even catch on.

So yeah, that’s what The Cave looks like in motion. The trailer’s obviously too brief to give an in-depth idea of what puzzles are like, but the variety of locations on display is promising. Also, I think I can somewhat safely say The Cave has the best Hillbilly physics in the history of our young-ish medium.

Really, though, it’s incredibly impressive how much movement improves the visual appeal of this game. I mean, I like a sumptuous eye candy feast as much as the next person, but fidelity only goes so far. Once animation finally catches up, though, so long, Uncanny Valley. So then, more of this, please?

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  1. AmateurScience says:

    This really does look absolutely delightful.

    • Hvr says:

      Reminds of good old Crash Bandicoot 2 & 3 Bonus Levels :D

      • darthdie says:

        :O You’re totally right…man I love (the first 3) crash bandicoot games…for a while I’d go back and re-beat them every several months. I should bring them back out and replay them, they’re still some of my favorite games.

      • Bfox says:

        Huh.. thought it reminded me of Fantastic Dizzy with the viewpoint and dat Dragon

  2. Wodge says:

    Wow, you managed to get 3 paragraphs to say “Here is a Trailer for Double Fine’s Cave, it’s good”

    You journalists sure do earn your keep.

    Well Done!

    (seriously though, it does look rather splendid indeed, a bit like cave story i guess.)

  3. DevilSShadoW says:

    was that samus in her metroid suit

  4. hymnharmonia says:

    As much as I love Double Fine, they really have to replace their animators.

    • stahlwerk says:

      What’s the matter? Not visceral enough?

    • hjd_uk says:

      Please explain, im having an extremely hard time understanding what you mean, they look great to me.

    • Hvr says:

      I think he means the way the characters are animated. The way they run is a bit “clunky” imo.

      • hymnharmonia says:

        This, yes.
        The running, jumping, and, well, practically everything just seems extremely rigid and half-assed.

        • Acorino says:

          Really? I don’t think we saw the same trailer. Maybe the video stuttered for you? Or you need a new pair of eyes? :P

  5. Spengbab says:

    The alt-text was very disappointing. Go back and redo it

  6. MadTinkerer says:

    Very, very nice.

  7. JackDandy says:

    Looking excellent. A metroidvania crossed with PnC adventure elements, with Ron Gilbert at the helm…

    I’m excited!

  8. Maldomel says:

    Sold. This looks gorgeous in action indeed, much more than with the screenshots.

  9. kukouri says:

    This makes me so happy

  10. stahlwerk says:

    RIP 2HB :-( :-(

  11. Llewyn says:

    I demand more finger puppets promoting video games.

  12. adonf says:

    Isn’t ‘Hillbilly’ considered an offensive word ? RPS has strong opinion on these matters so I was surprised to read it in this article and the previous one.

    • Skabooga says:

      Eh, it’s about as offensive as ruffian or knave or bumpkin around these parts. Of course, I am assuming hillbilly originated somewhere around these parts, but I’m not entirely sure of the etymology.

      Or maybe you were just joking and I need to get my sarcaso-meter fixed.

    • pilouuuu says:

      I doubt there are many hillbillies playing video games…

    • Phasma Felis says:

      Only if used offensively. Kinda like “nerd”. You may be thinking of “white trash”? That one’s pretty much always offensive.

  13. Penicillin says:

    At first glance, this seems very reminiscent of Trine. I just hope that there’s much greater emphasis on the adventure aspect (finding stuff, solving puzzles with your inventory, and talking to other characters), than on the platforming and jumping puzzles. A little platforming is OK too, but we’ve got plenty of games that do that already.

    • SurprisedMan says:

      According to Ron Gilbert’s remarks elsewhere, the emphasis is very much on adventure style puzzles. He has said ‘do not underestimate’ the adventureyness of it, and from other things he’s said I believe he would classify it as an adventure game with a platformer influences, rather than a platformer with adventure game influence.

    • pilouuuu says:

      This reminds me of a modern version of Terramex. I really liked that game! It looks a bit like Trine too which is good considering all games try to be photorealistic nowadays.

    • phylum sinter says:

      I got a strong whiff of Trine too, like a cartoon style Trine.

      I hope there’s more personality here with Mr. Gilbert at the wheel. If it comes down to all Trine-style physics puzzles i don’t know if it’s my thing (Trine was meh after a few hours for me too).

  14. phlebas says:

    Equal parts Maniac Mansion, Gobliiins and Trine? Looks like fun!

  15. mbourgon says:

    Wait, so this is an adventure game… by Doublefine… but it’s not the kickstarter adventure game by doublefine? So very confused.

    • pilouuuu says:

      They’re working on two games at the same time… Mind screw!!!

      • Phasma Felis says:

        All that, and the secret Psychonauts 2 sequel that Tim Schafer told me about! And only me. Because he loves me best.

  16. Urthman says:

    How great is that fossil Double Fine logo? Really great.

  17. bongosabbath says:

    Yup. Looks like Trine. *yawn*

  18. Brainkite says:

    Looks awsome, i love the design and the music