Spelunkery: The Cave’s Characters In Action

By Nathan Grayson on December 1st, 2012 at 10:00 am.

Scare bear stare.

I visited a cave once. It was very dark and echo-y. Also, it made lots of drip-dropping sounds – perhaps in an effort to communicate its stalagmite-heavy cave agenda to the world at large. But it never spoke to me. Not in firm, authoritative English, anyway. And it definitely didn’t contain any carnivals, spooky murder houses, or secret science labs. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Ron Gilbert and I haven’t been to the same caves. I think I like his – aptly titled The Cave – better, though. I mean, it gives hillbillies with the apparently common hillability to breathe under water a chance to reunite with their lost loves. (Incidentally, Ron and I have also not met the same hillbillies.) Dig into the break’s rich, earthy soils to see a new trailer of the Maniac Mansion spiritual successor in action.

As ever, Double Fine’s trademark charm and wit is on full display here – albeit with a decidedly darker tinge to the proceedings. For every glorious sun-kissed kingdom or foliage-dappled forest, there’s a macabre (and also hilarious) mention of murder or poison or mad science death lasers. It is, in other words, definitely a Ron Gilbert game at heart.

Which is awesome, to be perfectly honest. I recently got the chance to play the Hillbilly’s level in co-op and chat with Gilbert about the current state of PC gaming, what he’s going to do next, and Double Fine’s wild evolution over the past year, and you’ll see all of that very, very soon. Until then, though, I can say that I came away pretty impressed in spite of some janky controls and strange restrictions in multiplayer.

The Cave’s coming out in January 2013. Or rather, I suppose it’s staying in one place and we’re entering it. Whichever. At any rate, will you be taking a tour of its blackest, most wretched depths and – perhaps in the process - your own?

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15 Comments »

  1. godofdefeat says:

    I AM THROWING MONEY AT THE SCREEN, but nothing happens :(

  2. SubparFiddle says:

    Dang it! I read the title too fast and was expecting news about the pc version of Spelunky!

  3. derella says:

    Can’t wait to read the interview. I hope Gilbert continues to do stuff like this, instead of Deathspank… ugh.

    • Wreckdum says:

      Deathspank was hilarious. Didn’t care for the gameplay much but the story and voice acting was great.

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    DrScuttles says:

    Erk, 2013 is creeping up faster than I thought. Slow down time, slow down. There’s not enough of you.

  5. JackDandy says:

    I can’t wait to play this!

  6. gravity_spoon says:

    This could be one of my favorite games of 2013……or all time.

  7. Fenix says:

    A couple of years ago I thought it impossible for adventure games like this to return, now it seems the genre is finally “back” for real. So glad people like Gilbert haven’t given up! It might have been what finally inspired Tornquist to work on a tlj 3rd game, actually.

  8. ChainsawCharlie says:

    Really like everything Gilbert has put his name into!

  9. f1x says:

    looking awesome so far <3