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Cave Escape

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This was made back when the Mighty Boosh was popular, so the concept may not make sense now! Howard is trapped in Old Gregg's cave which is slowly filling with water. He must jump his way to the surface via the moving platforms which decrease in size the further up he goes. You can also collect bottles of Baileys on the way to increase your score.

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Cave Escape will aura some nostalgia feelings of old platform games, assuming that you were gaming in the 80s. The object is to jump all the way to the top. There's little variation other than the moving platform speed and the money spawns, and it really is 110 platforms you're jumping. As you progress, the platforms will get smaller and smaller, becoming more difficult to make the landing. Make it to the end, and you win!
The fun part of this game is trying to get on the platforms, but it an also be the most frustrating part. As you play, water will rise in the cave at a surprisingly slow speed. If your head goes in it, you will begin losing oxygen, which is a meter located on the upper-right side of your screen. Lose too much oxygen, or if you fall down from the platform too far, it will be game over, and you have to start all over again. You just wanna smash your monitor every time you fail at the last 30 jumps or so because you know this game is easy, yet you're losing anyway. This is a good feeling - as it means the game is doing it's job in driving out emotions from the player, and making them care. You get angry at yourself, but you know it isn't the games fault, so it just makes you wanna come back and try again.

There are money bags you can pick up on the field that increase your score by 1000 points. It mainly just there to look pretty, and doesn't impact gameplay either way. It is possible to get all money bags and still win the game, so if you're a perfectionist, there's the challenge.

Despite this game being a left-handed playing style, the controls are easy to master, and gameplay runs smooth. There is one issue I did find with this game that needs to be looked into...

- If you click to write a review, and then click back on the game to resume playing, it crashes. The controls become unresponsive and the only way to fix it is to refresh the page. (100% confirmed bug)

The final verdict for Cave Escape..... is a 5 out of 10. No, it's not a typo. You heard it correct - I am giving it a 5 out of 10. You've seen me phrase this game for the most part, and no doubt that there is a bit of fun to be had with this game. So why is it only getting a 5 out of 10??? Because of how unoriginal this game really is!! Everything here was copied & modified from other games, including the controls, graphics, sound effects, and the Super Mario clone you play as. By pressing down on the directional arrows you can duck for no reason whatsoever. There's only one game mode that you can complete in 3 minutes, making the game too short. And the variety never changes as you get further in - Smaller platforms isn't good enough for today's standards. There's just not enough to keep players here. This game is good for an hour, but after that, you will forget it even existed.

Final Verdict: 5 out of 10
NG Rating: 2.5 Stars

PaulHTML5 responds:

Thanks for the thorough write-up! I've now fixed the bug you mentioned where if you click to write a review then click back on the game it becomes unresponsive, so thanks for pointing that out.

The reason the main character can duck in this game is because it uses a games engine I originally created for a game where ducking was necessary, and I just kept it enabled for this game. Maybe I could add a level 2 to this game which has obstacles you need to duck to avoid?

Credits & Info

2.24 / 5.00

Aug 22, 2015
2:36 PM EDT