Colossal Cave

Coming January 19, 2023

From the acclaimed creator of King’s Quest & Phantasmagoria, Colossal Cave, reimagined by Roberta Williams, is an exciting new action-adventure game that promises to bring you the adventure you’ve longed for. An homage to the esteemed classic text adventure, Colossal Cave Adventure by Will Crowther and Don Woods, Roberta Williams brings a beloved favorite game into the 21st century with meticulous handcrafted art, imaginative environmental creations based on actual caverns, rendering the vast and engaging cave in fully explorable three dimensional art. Immerse yourself in the mysterious and stunning world of boundless caverns and sweeping vistas, underground streams and hidden reservoirs - discover the many lost treasures, ancient civilizations, and encounter friends and foes alike in your quest to uncover the great mysteries of the mammoth cave system. With a non-linear exploration system, it’s up to you to decide how to proceed through Colossal Cave, and how to discover all its secrets. The ability to replay the game many times and still discover new things is what has kept this game in the hearts of generations of gamers for almost fifty years. If you think you know what adventure games are, you might be surprised to find out just how Colossal Cave defines the genre. Can you not only survive the Colossal Cave, but pass through it, and win all its secrets? Time will tell as you undertake the most exquisite and classic adventure ever - Colossal Cave!

Game History:

Colossal Cave Adventure, also known as Adventure or ADVENT, is a text-based adventure game developed by Will Crowther and expanded upon by Don Woods in the 1970s. The game, which was one of the first interactive fiction (IF) games, was later expanded and re-released by Roberta Williams as "Mystery House" for the Apple II in 1980. The game is considered a classic in the IF genre and has had a significant impact on the development of later adventure games.

The game is set in a subterranean cave system and the player takes on the role of an adventurer who is searching for treasure and trying to find a way out of the cave. The game is played entirely through text-based commands, with the player typing commands such as "go north" or "take lantern" to navigate and interact with the game world. The game features a variety of obstacles and puzzles that the player must overcome, such as finding keys to unlock doors and solving riddles to reveal hidden treasures.

One of the most notable features of Colossal Cave Adventure is its non-linear gameplay. The player is free to explore the cave in any order they choose and can return to previously visited areas at any time. This allows for a great deal of replayability and encourages players to experiment with different strategies and approaches to the game.

The game's text-based interface is also a notable aspect of its design. The game's descriptions of the cave and its inhabitants are often evocative and atmospheric, drawing the player into the game world. The game also features a number of humorous responses to player input, adding a light-hearted touch to the game.

The game's puzzles are another strong point. They are challenging but not frustrating, and the player is always able to figure out what to do next. The game also features a number of hidden treasures and secret areas, providing an incentive for players to explore every nook and cranny of the cave.

Overall, Colossal Cave Adventure is a classic of the IF genre and a must-play for fans of adventure games. Its non-linear gameplay, evocative text-based interface, and challenging puzzles make it a timeless classic that continues to be enjoyed by players today.

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