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The Cave was released way back in January as a downloadable title for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Steam, and probably everything else that can slap together an Internet connection and a few polygons. Adventure game aficionados were thrilled, because it's got quite a pedigree, coming from the designer of classics The Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, along with being developed by the much-loved Double Fine. Now it's out for Android, and you can pick it up on the Play Store for five bucks.

The Cave follows a handful of protagonists who are lured to... well, a cave, so I suppose you can't fault the game for untruthful advertising. In a series of platforms and puzzles you'll unravel the backstories of your chosen characters, switching between them to advance through the stages and get past traps and monsters. The eclectic story forces each one to confront his or her past as the narrative swings from black humor to drama like a pendulum, which is something that should be familiar to fans of Double Fine games and their progenitors.

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Don't expect Sonic-level platforming or Zelda-level puzzles here - The Cave isn't interested in making you die fifty times to reach the end of the stage. Though the game has these mechanics thrown in to keep things interesting, it's an adventure title at heart. Decent 2.5D graphics and character designs infused with personality make it look unique, though older Android devices may struggle to keep up. The Cave is compatible with phones and tablets running 2.3 or higher, and there are no in-app purchases.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • UniBroW

    Have this game on ps3, definitely an awesome game. probably going to pick it up here on Android as well.

    • Karlo

      Yes its a great game but the problem is controls on a phone/tablet are too hard to manage so no buy for me.

  • Mr E

    Sweet, I've been wanting to pick this up on PC but would probably be more likely to play it on Android! #winning

  • supremekizzle

    "And there are no in app purchases" wish this was used to describe every game. IAP are the devil.

  • Pratik Holla

    Wow, those graphics look great!

  • evertjr

    I loved this game on PC! I recommend it to everyone.

  • ltredbeard

    If I didn't know better I'd think this game was a SNES game. The quality of the graphics reminds me of the Donkey Kong series on SNES.

  • http://mercurypdx.tumblr.com/ MercuryPDX

    Loved this on the PS3. It's style of humor is right up my alley.

  • solbin

    The touch screen controls are a bit wonky. Keep jumping when I don't mean to, and not jumping when I want to. Also, the low frame rate on my Note 3 doesn't make things any easier.

  • SuperMario7

    I finished this on my PC some months ago, it's a pretty fine game but it does require patience as there's a lot of backtracking, but definitely worth it. You might wanna avoid the Android version for now though as the Steam sale has started and it'll probably get a 75% discount at some point in the coming days which should make it cheaper to play on Windows/Mac/Linux

  • El_Pianista

    Would be great if Double Fine fix the bugs of the game in the other game platforms...

  • propatino

    The Price for it on Amazon appstore is awesome!! ;P