The Cave

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The Cave
Cave, The - cover.jpg
Release dates
January 23, 2013
January 23, 2013
February 20, 2013
The Cave at Co-Optimus
The Cave at SteamDB
 The Cave at Wikipedia

Key points

Disadvantage Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.[1]

General information

More information Double Fine Action Forums - The Cave
More information Steam Community Discussions


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Information All versions require Steam.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file and save game data location[edit]

Windows %APPDATA%\Doublefine\TheCave
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/doublefine/thecave/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/doublefine/thecave/
Information screen.dat stores all the settings.
Information *.save stores the save data.
Information In the Steam version, the Steam user id is added to the path.
Advantage This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Display settings.
Visual settings.
WSGF multi-monitor screenshot.[2]
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native support WSGF MM Bronze.svg
Ultra-widescreen Native support WSGF UW Gold.svg
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) No native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support FXAA, SSAA
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS No native support Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.[1]
120+ FPS No native support

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Controller support Native support
Full controller support Native support
Controller remapping Native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Music and effects.
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost No native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
French Native support No native support Native support
German Native support Unknown Unknown
Italian Native support Unknown Unknown
Spanish Native support Unknown Unknown


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play Native support 3 Co-op
3 players are supported via three controllers, but only 1 player can be using the keyboard and mouse controls at any one time.[3]
LAN play No native support
Online play No native support

Issues fixed[edit]

Information Common fixes and improvements for games using the Buddha engine can be found here.

Black screen[edit]

Information Can be caused by connecting via HDMI to a TV or projector that does not support the display mode. Note that the below fix does not work for all users.

Fix Edit screen.dat[4]

  1. Go to the display configuration file.
  2. Create an empty text file called screen.dat if it does not exist.
  3. Open screen.dat in the text editor of you choice.
  4. The format of the file should look like the following, but change the details to meet the capabilities of your display:
fullscreen = true
width = 1920
height = 1080
refreshrate = 60
vsync = false

If this doesn't work, you can try to edit the screen.dat file with vsync ACTIVATED, that is, replace the last line with

vsync = true
This may be useful, apparently, mostly to laptop users and/or people whose PCs (especially the GPU) are slightly outdated. It solved the problem on a 15.6' HP Pavilion DV6000 laptop with a Geforce Go 7400 (256 MB, DX9.0c) and 1280x800 resolution.

Strange visual artifacts on rocks[edit]

Information Caused by MSAA being forced externally.

Fix Set 'use application defaults'[4]

Set MSAA settings to 'use application defaults'.

Brake pedals do not rest in neutral position[edit]

Fix Unplug controller[5]

White flickering[edit]

Information Caused by Depth of Field effect, particularly OS X machines with Intel cards.

Fix Disable Depth of Field[4]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 7
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz dual core 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon 64
System memory (RAM)
1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) GeForce 8800
Radeon 3850
Intel HD 2000
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
GeForce 220
Radeon 4550
Intel HD 3000
512 MB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo Intel Core i Series
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
4 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI HD 2600
nVidia 8800GT
Intel HD 3000
256 MB of VRAM
ATI HD 4670
nVidia 285
512 MB of VRAM
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz dual core
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) GeForce 8800
Radeon 3850
Intel HD 2000
256 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.1 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 Have anyone found a way to remove the 30 fps cap? :: The Cave General Discussions
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2