The Cave

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The Cave
The Cave cover
Double Fine Productions
macOS (OS X) Edward Rudd
Linux Edward Rudd
Release dates
Windows January 23, 2013
macOS (OS X) January 23, 2013
Linux February 20, 2013
The Cave at Wikipedia

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.[1]

General information

Double Fine Action Forums - The Cave
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
All versions require Steam DRM.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file and save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Cloud sync is not cross-platform.[2]

Video settings[edit]

Display settings.
Display settings.
Visual settings.
Visual settings.
WSGF multi-monitor screenshot.[3]
WSGF multi-monitor screenshot.[3]

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and effects.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
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.[4]
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen[edit]

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.
Edit screen.dat[5]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Create an empty text file called screen.dat if it does not exist.
  3. Edit screen.dat.
  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]

Caused by MSAA being forced externally.
Set 'use application defaults'[5]

Set MSAA settings to 'use application defaults'.

Brake pedals do not rest in neutral position[edit]

Unplug controller[6]

White flickering[edit]

Caused by Depth of Field effect, particularly OS X machines with Intel cards.
Disable Depth of Field[5]

Other information[edit]


Middleware Notes
Input SDL2 Linux only.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

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) Nvidia GeForce 8800
AMD Radeon 3850
Intel HD 2000
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Nvidia GeForce 220
AMD Radeon 4550
Intel HD 3000
512 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
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 GeForce 8800GT
Intel HD 3000
256 MB of VRAM
ATI HD 4670
Nvidia GeForce 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) Nvidia GeForce 8800
AMD 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
  2. Verified by User:Soeb on 2015-12-07
  3. The Cave | WSGF
  4. so is this meant to be played co-op or what - The Cave - Double Fine Action Forums
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Cave Support FAQ - The Cave - Double Fine Action Forums
  6. Please fix the shoddy PC controller support! - The Cave - Double Fine Action Forums