Double Fine's The Cave Coming To iOS
The Cave, the puzzle-platformer released by Double Fine Productions earlier this year, is coming to iOS. At E3, Sega showed off a mobile version of the game and revealed that it will arrive this summer.
In The Cave, players must assemble a party of three characters from an eclectic cast. Options include a hillbilly, knight and scientist. Once they've decided on their party, players must lead them into the mysterious depths of the Cave. By solving puzzles and progressing deeper into the Cave, they'll unearth the dark details of their characters' pasts. Also, they'll visit a gift shop. They won't get to buy anything, though.
TouchGen published one of the first previews of the iOS version. They say that Sega decided against virtual buttons. Instead, players will tap the location where they want to move and (apparently) flick upward to jump. TouchGen likens the controls to LostWinds and describes them as "pretty intuitive." The website also praised the visuals and noted that the voice-acting from the other versions is intact.
Based on my own experiences with the console version, I think The Cave is well-suited to mobile devices. Touchscreen controls aren't very precise but you don't really need precision in this game. The platforming required is minimal and there's no combat. The emphasis is on exploring, finding items, and figuring out how to use those items to pass obstacles. The best part is the writing anyway, so the game would be pretty entertaining on any system.
The original versions of The Cave supported three-player co-op, with each player controlling a different character. It's not clear if the iOS version has co-op, or whether players will have to go it alone. It's not really a big deal either way; I played through the full game in single-player on Xbox 360 and didn't find it tougher or less fun than co-op. The teamwork required by the characters is minimal. TouchGen says that switching between characters will be a matter of tapping their icons at the bottom of the screen.
The Cave is currently available on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, Mac and Linux.
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