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POSTED 2/2/13


THE CAVE

SEGA

PS3/PSN (also on Xbox 360/XBLA, Wii U, PC)

Wanna grow up to be, be a spelunker... (Spelunker!)

Yes, it’s time to go down, down prices are – fuck! Ahem, deeper down, underground, to a dive bar – no, hang on. Umm, a cave, hence the title we guess, and as things would have it – or as the mad genius behind this sortie into adventuredom, Ron Gilbert, would have it - this groundular cavity’s sentient. It talks. In a malevolent, rather sarcastically-sussed manner.

You’ve seven adventurers to choose from – well, eight if you count the twins as two, which you really should or they’ll get cranky - but you only play with three at once. From hicks to chicks with picks, they’ve each a special talent, and are here for a reason. Cue dramatic sting... Ow!

Your trio enter a catacombical maze of vastness, housing curios from castles to rocket silos. You can switch between them at the switch of a switch. MMMmmm... switchy!

It’s a platformer, but melded with classic point and click adventuring, just sans the pointy and the clicky. Puzzles are definitely the order of the day though, from laughingly simple to obtusely obscure. Still, once you’ve traipsed about enough to solve the latter type you’ll know what endorphins are.

There is, however, much mindless schlepping. Back and forth, back and fucking forth, to solve things. There’re also bits you might waste ages in before realising their current uselessness.

While some sections are set in limestone, others pop depending upon which characters you’ve plumped for. You may complete the game, but you’ll have to do it twice more to see all areas. As for different endings – and trophy whoring - you’ll need even more play-throughs...

Those of little patience would likely prefer slicing up eyeballs – even their own - but old school adventurers who dig a rather snazzy platformy smell will wanna be, be a spelunker. (Spelunker!)

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