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The Cave walkthrough

From Ron Gilbert, one of the masterminds of Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island, comes The Cave. It's filled with tricks and traps, platforming and puzzles, and characters and craziness. Add those up, and you've got a game that will stump players in a lot of places. That's where we come in. We'll help you get through every chamber The Cave throws at you, and we'll even grab all the Cave Paintings--the game's main collectible--along the way.

Before We Descend...

When you begin The Cave, you'll have your choice of three characters out of a total of seven. Choosing different combinations of the Knight, Hillbilly, Time Traveler, Adventurer, Scientist, Twins, and Monk changes the layout of the game. As you descend, you'll encounter unique levels for your party, though there are caverns that remain constant for every playthrough. There is a pattern to the game, and it looks like this:

The levels shown in orange are unique levels for the seven playable characters. If you don't have that character in your party, you'll skip those levels. Make sense?

With an understanding of the game's layout, we can take you through it all. We'll take you through the constant caverns first, and then we'll check out the unique character caverns.

One last note: some characters can bypass certain obstacles. For example, the Twin's ghost ability can change how you solve a switch puzzle, and the Time Traveler's "pass through" ability allows her to skip numerous gates. For this guide, we will ignore these shortcuts. Chances are, your party will have to take the long route anyway. Sound good?

Now let's get our team together, shall we?

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Be sure to check out The Cave Review if you haven't already.

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18 comments

  • debbiedoo - June 22, 2014 8:41 p.m.

    Okay, I need help. I am in the mines, but one of the mine cars, when pushed out of the room, comes right back. I have my player with the shovel in her hand ready to hit all of the switch signs, but the car comes back to the other side of the room. What gives?
  • MarteLH - June 23, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    You need to press the "action button" when you reach the yellow circular sign inside the tunnel. Then the mine car changes course.
  • bluzer - May 10, 2014 5:36 p.m.

    Geat game! Playin it on android now. Wish there would be a sequel but it probably wont...
  • joshsimbo12 - April 4, 2014 8:29 p.m.

    Hi, I had a question. I have reached the Twins' Mansion but neither of my characters is the twins. Is there an alternate way to proceed with this level? Can I switch to the twins now?
  • bluzer - May 10, 2014 5:30 p.m.

    Yes theoretically you can, but only if one of your other character is a magician...
  • nancy-van-der-schaaf - February 18, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    hello. I havve a question. Where can i find the Adventurer's hook?
  • debbiedoo - June 22, 2014 8:46 p.m.

    press "q" to use the adventurer's hook.
  • chilikongen - January 30, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    I have come to the time travellers museum and I'm trying to do the well thing to get the bucket and im doing exactly as described. But the char who rolls the the log away dosent krep the log /stone away when head to the present I only find the stone I the middle and a skelet next to it and NO WELL ? What am I doing wrong !! Please help me out..
  • mike-may - February 4, 2014 11:35 p.m.

    Keep the square button held as you hit the arrow button to flip to the character in the future - this makes the first character stay there holding the log.
  • chilikongen - February 5, 2014 1:55 a.m.

    Thanks for the quick response. It solved my problem. Great game ...thumbs up.
  • matteda - January 6, 2014 3:04 a.m.

    Thanks a lot TonyWilson for detailed walkthrough especially the FLOWchart showing sequence of levels I played it twice with 6 different characters leaving scientist ,covered 90% of the game I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it :)
  • v28mr - October 30, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    i have reached the part where you need the characters to stand each on one carpet, but the rope doesnt appear. Do i need to do something else, because i have already done whats on the walkthrough... Maybe its a bug?
  • BabyDaddyMufasa - December 17, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    (This may be a bit late but) after you've got all the characters on the carpets you have to stay completely still until they reach the top :)
  • v28mr - December 17, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    Yes, thanks. I did that and finally moved on. I didn't knew I had to stay really still, so that's why I though it was a bug.
  • mike-may - February 7, 2014 5:16 a.m.

    I found I had to use the Monk's triangle button as we all got near to the top in order to pull the rope down.
  • nimd4 - August 5, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    After The Mine, they fall down and get to these 3 switches for a gate (way under is a dog) and as soon as you let go of one of the switches, the gate closes. No way through. Screenshot @ http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/1959/xzae.jpg
  • nimd4 - August 5, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    Bah,ok, use the Twins' special ability to keep the switch active. xD

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