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Platform Win, XBLA, PSN, Wii U, Mac, Linux, iOS Publisher Sega Developer Double Fine Productions Release Date 2013-01-23

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The Cave review: down in a hole

There are seven possible spelunkers into the titular cave — which itself is actually a sentient observer that seems to equally delight in and despise its dwellers' misdeeds. The characters range from the inspired (a pair of murderous pre-teen twins that could have been lifted from Edward Gorey) to the lazy (a barefooted hillbilly, because what's more hysterical than poor people?). You select a team of three to head into the cave, and each must obtain that which they desire most in a level specifically tailored to their special skill (the knight can become invulnerable, the scientist can operate computers, etc.). Though The Cave may look like a platformer, locomotion is really just a means to an end, your timing and reflexes won't really be tested. The real challenge is all...

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Ron Gilbert ponders the question, 'What is an indie developer?'

Game designer Ron Gilbert pondered the definition of the label "indie developer" in a post on his website today, posing numerous questions about the term apparently in an effort to point out how meaningless the phrase has become. Gilbert came to fame at Lucasfilm Games (later LucasArts) in the late 1980s and early 1990s with his work on a string of beloved adventure games, including Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island, and the engine that powered them, SCUMM. He has spent most of the years since as an independent developer, working at studios such as Hothead Games and Double Fine Productions. "What irritates me is this almost 'snobbery' that seems to exist in some dev circles about what an 'indie' is," Gilbert began. He noted that "indie" is short for "independent," and...

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Games about sex, dance, shapes and relationships shown at Experimental Gameplay Workshop

The Experimental Gameplay Workshop — a curated showcase of some of the most exciting experimental game design in 2014 — featured works that spanned themes like sex, the use of the body in games, forced perspective and subversion of existing game rules. Both independent and established studio developers took to the stage to talk about and show 13 titles, all of which were experimental in some way, and many of which were still works-in-progress. Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn of Tale of Tales showed The Cosmos and the Cave, a game that Harvey described as a research project about the intersection between sex, spirituality and video games. "We wanted to explore ... sex in games, because not a lot of people do it, and when they do it's wrong," she said. "What is the game mechanic of...

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The Cave now available on Ouya

Puzzle-platform adventure game The Cave is now available for Ouya, developer Double Fine announced today via Twitter. The Cave stars a ragtag team of adventurers as they explore the game's sentient, titular cave. Players build a team of three from several different options, including a hillbilly, a time traveler and a scientist, and switch between characters to solve puzzles. The Cave is already available across a number of platforms, including PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC via Steam. In February, Double Fine announced The Cave and Broken Age would both be available on Ouya. For more on the game, check out our review.

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The Cave hits iOS with a new launch trailer

A new trailer celebrates the launch of The Cave on iOS devices today. The trailer introduces some of the game's cast of characters, as well as the puzzles and obstacles they'll face on the way to following their dreams. The Cave is currently available for iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone for $4.99. In our review of the console version, we found the game had lush production value and charm that battled with questionable mechanics and a repetitive structure.

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The Cave launching Oct. 3 for iOS

The Cave, Ron Gilbert and Double Fine's puzzle-platforming adventure game, will launch for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Oct. 3 via the App Store, the developer announced today. Those who pick up the iOS version can play with the game's new touch controls. The Cave follows the journey of seven mismatched adventurers as they explore an anthropomorphic cave. Players head out with a team of three; each character has a distinct personality and backstory. The game will be available for $4.99. The Cave was announced for iOS this summer. It's already available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Windows PC, Mac and Linux. For more on the game, check out our review.

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Notch, Molyneux, Suda51 on Indie Speed Run judges panel

Indie Speed Run — in which competing developers create a game within a 48-hour period — has announced this year's panel of judges, including Peter Molyneux, Notch, Kim Swift and Suda51. Registration for the online September event is open today. The contest carries a $25 fee per team, but the charge doesn't apply until the 48-hour game clock begins, and two random elements for use in the games are sent out to competitors. The panel of 14 judges are as follows... Peter Molyneux (Fable, Godus, Curiosity, Black & White) Markus 'Notch' Persson (Minecraft) Suda51 (No More Heroes, Killer7) Ron Gilbert (Monkey Island, The Cave) Brian Fargo (Fallout, Wasteland) Kim Swift (Portal, Quantum Conundrum) Dan Pinchbeck (Dear Ester, Amnesia) Matthew Davis and Justin Ma (FTL) Trent...

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The Cave headed to iOS this summer

The Cave, Double Fine's modern adventure game staring a large cast of mismatched characters and an anthropomorphic cave, is headed to iOS this summer, a representative from the developer confirmed to Polygon. According to a hands-on report from TouchGen, the mobile version remaps the control scheme to focus on taps instead of a virtual stick for movement and adds swipes for jumps. The Cave is already available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Windows PC, Mac and Linux. For more on the game, be sure to read Polygon's review for The Cave.

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Sega bringing Mickey, Sonic and more to E3 2013

Sega will bring games starring Mickey Mouse, Sonic the Hedgehog and soldiers old and new to E3 2013, according to a post on the Sega Blog. Games on the show floor will include Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, Windows PC), Relic Entertainment's Company of Heroes 2 (Windows), Sonic Lost World (Wii U, Nintendo 3DS) and The Creative Assembly's Total War: Rome 2 (Windows). Double Fine Productions' The Cave, which was released last year, will also be on-hand. E3 2013 will run June 11-13, and Polygon will be there to bring you all the news. In the meantime, you can read up on our pre-E3 reporting and follow Sega's E3 presence on Instagram and FourSquare.

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Amazon store arrives for indie games

Amazon today launched a storefront dedicated to indie games, along with a raft of promotional deals. The Indie Games Store is a new category nested in the Digital Video Games Store. It features the likes of Don't Starve, FTL and The Bridge. In an Amazon blog post, technical evangelist Peter Heinrich explained that the initiative is designed to "specifically help indie game developers with promoting their PC, Mac, and browser-based games while helping gamers discover a large and growing selection of innovative indie games." He added, "Powerhouse game studios don't hold a monopoly on inventiveness or creativity, and some of the best games of all time were created on a shoestring by two or three people with a shared vision. It's hard to get noticed, though. If you're an indie game...

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Capy, Double Fine and Media Molecule headed to Horizon 'alternative E3 press conference' next month

Capybara Games (Critter Crunch, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Super Time Force), Double Fine Productions (Dropchord, The Cave, Psychonauts) and Media Molecule (the LittleBigPlanet series, Tearaway) will participate in the "alternative E3 press conference" Horizon next month, co-sponsor Venus Patrol reports. In the event's initial announcement, organizers teased "very possibly some super secret new surprises that will be entirely unexpected," and today's announcement revealed that developers will have "a selection of their unreleased and unannounced games" at the event on Thursday, June 13. The post also revealed plans to livestream Horizon, which is co-sponsored by MOCAtv, the YouTube channel of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Horizon will mark another joint...

The Cave Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 01/23/2013
    • Publisher Sega
    • Developer Double Fine Productions
  • Xbox Live Arcade
    • Released 01/23/2013
    • Publisher Sega
    • Developer Double Fine Productions
    • Score 6
  • PlayStation Network
    • Released 01/22/2013
    • Publisher Sega
    • Developer Double Fine Productions
  • Wii U
    • Released 01/22/2013
    • Publisher Sega
    • Developer Double Fine Productions
  • Mac
    • Released 01/23/2013
    • Publisher Sega
    • Developer Double Fine Productions
  • Linux
    • Released 01/23/2013
    • Publisher Sega
    • Developer Double Fine Productions
  • iOS
    • Released 10/03/2013
    • Developer Double Fine Productions
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