The Cave: Ron Gilbert on His New Adventure

Published 5 years ago by Andy Farrant

The Ron side of the tracks

The Cave is a game in which you and one, two or no friends lead unlikely adventurers on a journey through their inner selves inside a sentient, talking cave. And although your choice of three of the seven spelunkers will do the odd bit of hopping, make no mistake: this is an adventure game, not a platformer, to its very marrow.

It comes from adventure game supremo Ron Gilbert. Any fan of the genre worth their salt (use DEHYDRATOR with BUCKET O' SEAWATER) will recognise Gilbert as the creator of Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island - the man who essentially invented the point-and-click adventure. He has teamed up with Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions to create this kooky co-operative puzzler.

The seven adventurers, each with a unique ability and a dark secret, include a monk, a scientist and a lovesick hillbilly, though when the idea first came to Gilbert 25 years ago, they were "Indiana Jones rip-off characters" to a man. In our interview, Gilbert talks more on the the cast and genesis of the Cave, as well as how the mime and mobster characters didn't make the cut. Let's find out more, shall we?


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Andy Farrant
Andy is co-editor at Outside Xbox, enjoys difficult moral decisions and fights like a cow. You might remember him from such defunct Xbox video channels as Inside Xbox.

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