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Colossal Cave returns from the 1970s in a 3D reimagining

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Colossal Cave, originally released in 1977 from Will Crowther and Don Woods has been revived and reimagined for modern audiences. Another one for a heavy dose of nostalgia perhaps? This new version comes from Sierra On-Line founders Ken and Roberta Williams.

While the original was a text-based adventure, this new version gives it a full 3D look while still aiming to be faithful to what the original game represented. With the non-linear exploration system, you will decide on how to proceed through it and discover the many secrets hiding.

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Features:

  • Scenic landscapes with hidden secrets.
  • Miles of caves, caverns, and crawl to work your way through. With over 15 distinct areas to explore in the Colossal Cave.
  • Difficult puzzles for those seeking a challenge.
  • Over 20 individual achievements to find and accomplish.

From the press release:

“The original Colossal Cave Adventure was truly unlike anything anyone had seen before, and we hope to make a similar mark on the next generation,” says Roberta Williams, Founder and Lead Designer, Cygnus Entertainment. “Ken and I would have never thought this game could be the experience we’ve created today, but we’ve made that dream a reality thanks to a lot of love and hard work from us, our team, and our gracious partners.”
 
“Colossal Cave is a game with a long history, and as we got deeper into the project we realized that our Sierra heritage as well as the game's history were a powerful combination,” says Ken Williams, Founder and CEO, Cygnus Entertainment. “When we began this project we received overwhelming support from every direction because of what this game ment to an entire generation. We’ve had the fortune to watch kids and adults alike enjoying the game just as we did all those years ago, and we can’t wait to bring it to all of our fans today!”

Available on Steam with Native Linux support.

The PR mail said it would be on Humble and itch.io too but it does not seem live on either.

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Purple Library Guy Jan 31, 2023
Hm. This is one of those ones where I can't decide if it's nice that they updated it, or if it will just kind of ruin my nostalgia.
Pengling Jan 31, 2023
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Quoting: Purple Library GuyHm. This is one of those ones where I can't decide if it's nice that they updated it, or if it will just kind of ruin my nostalgia.
This kind of reminds me of how generations had their own imaginations' versions of what Hobbits looked like, but those who came along after the Hollywood Lord of the Rings movies tend to see them as Elijah Wood with big feet and funny clothes.
Purple Library Guy Jan 31, 2023
Quoting: Pengling
Quoting: Purple Library GuyHm. This is one of those ones where I can't decide if it's nice that they updated it, or if it will just kind of ruin my nostalgia.
This kind of reminds me of how generations had their own imaginations' versions of what Hobbits looked like, but those who came along after the Hollywood Lord of the Rings movies tend to see them as Elijah Wood with big feet and funny clothes.
Yeah . . . although to be fair, as a massive LoTR fan I found that most of the Peter Jackson representations did amazingly little violence to my existing notions of how Middle Earth is. Exceptions: Paths of the Dead, Shelob's lair, to some extent Elrond, Denethor, in a way Eowyn (I liked the movies' Eowyn, but I was picturing someone slimmer and wirier and grimmer), the Mouth of Sauron. But those are far less major worries than I was expecting.


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TheSHEEEP Jan 31, 2023
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That price point, though...
For 40€ I'd expect something closer to AAA than to a low budget indie 3D look.

Still looks interesting, but that's definitely a "wait for a sale" for me.
slaapliedje Feb 1, 2023
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Pengling
Quoting: Purple Library GuyHm. This is one of those ones where I can't decide if it's nice that they updated it, or if it will just kind of ruin my nostalgia.
This kind of reminds me of how generations had their own imaginations' versions of what Hobbits looked like, but those who came along after the Hollywood Lord of the Rings movies tend to see them as Elijah Wood with big feet and funny clothes.
Yeah . . . although to be fair, as a massive LoTR fan I found that most of the Peter Jackson representations did amazingly little violence to my existing notions of how Middle Earth is. Exceptions: Paths of the Dead, Shelob's lair, to some extent Elrond, Denethor, in a way Eowyn (I liked the movies' Eowyn, but I was picturing someone slimmer and wirier and grimmer), the Mouth of Sauron. But those are far less major worries than I was expecting.
The Ralph Bakshi ones definitely had big feet and goofy clothes over the Peter Jackson interpretation. Though they definitely 'borrowed' some of the scenes directly from that version!

My biggest disappointment with the Jackson trilogy is the treetment (pun intended) of the Ents. The extended version made it seem a little bit better, but still seemed to do a disservice to them deciding on their own that they should help.
Purple Library Guy Feb 1, 2023
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Pengling
Quoting: Purple Library GuyHm. This is one of those ones where I can't decide if it's nice that they updated it, or if it will just kind of ruin my nostalgia.
This kind of reminds me of how generations had their own imaginations' versions of what Hobbits looked like, but those who came along after the Hollywood Lord of the Rings movies tend to see them as Elijah Wood with big feet and funny clothes.
Yeah . . . although to be fair, as a massive LoTR fan I found that most of the Peter Jackson representations did amazingly little violence to my existing notions of how Middle Earth is. Exceptions: Paths of the Dead, Shelob's lair, to some extent Elrond, Denethor, in a way Eowyn (I liked the movies' Eowyn, but I was picturing someone slimmer and wirier and grimmer), the Mouth of Sauron. But those are far less major worries than I was expecting.
The Ralph Bakshi ones definitely had big feet and goofy clothes over the Peter Jackson interpretation. Though they definitely 'borrowed' some of the scenes directly from that version!

My biggest disappointment with the Jackson trilogy is the treetment (pun intended) of the Ents. The extended version made it seem a little bit better, but still seemed to do a disservice to them deciding on their own that they should help.
Ugh, the Bakshi.
The Ents . . . won't disagree with that criticism, but in some ways they were executed better than I dared hope. I love the ents, but I can see where it would be amazingly hard to do them without seeming totally hokey. Like, they come off great in your imagination in a book, but getting their cool qualities across on film, oh man. There's something about walking talking trees in a visual medium that wants to be goofy. I thought on that front, managing to make them feel like something serious and even dangerous, the movie succeeded surprisingly well. Their Isengard scene rocked pretty hard.
FauconNoir Feb 1, 2023
We can add that a VR version should be out in a couple of months. Will it work on Linux too ?
Soulprayer Feb 1, 2023
Hm, i wonder how many hours playtime i get for 40€.
Nezchan Feb 1, 2023
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Pengling
Quoting: Purple Library GuyHm. This is one of those ones where I can't decide if it's nice that they updated it, or if it will just kind of ruin my nostalgia.
This kind of reminds me of how generations had their own imaginations' versions of what Hobbits looked like, but those who came along after the Hollywood Lord of the Rings movies tend to see them as Elijah Wood with big feet and funny clothes.
Yeah . . . although to be fair, as a massive LoTR fan I found that most of the Peter Jackson representations did amazingly little violence to my existing notions of how Middle Earth is. Exceptions: Paths of the Dead, Shelob's lair, to some extent Elrond, Denethor, in a way Eowyn (I liked the movies' Eowyn, but I was picturing someone slimmer and wirier and grimmer), the Mouth of Sauron. But those are far less major worries than I was expecting.
The Ralph Bakshi ones definitely had big feet and goofy clothes over the Peter Jackson interpretation. Though they definitely 'borrowed' some of the scenes directly from that version!

My biggest disappointment with the Jackson trilogy is the treetment (pun intended) of the Ents. The extended version made it seem a little bit better, but still seemed to do a disservice to them deciding on their own that they should help.
Ugh, the Bakshi.
The Ents . . . won't disagree with that criticism, but in some ways they were executed better than I dared hope. I love the ents, but I can see where it would be amazingly hard to do them without seeming totally hokey. Like, they come off great in your imagination in a book, but getting their cool qualities across on film, oh man. There's something about walking talking trees in a visual medium that wants to be goofy. I thought on that front, managing to make them feel like something serious and even dangerous, the movie succeeded surprisingly well. Their Isengard scene rocked pretty hard.

So you thought the boobie tree from The Last Unicorn was goofy looking? How dare you, sir!
NerdNoiseRadio Feb 2, 2023
I apologize if this has already been addressed somewhere and I just missed it, but I would hope (and imagine) that somewhere in this new game the original will also be bundled in? I love that they're doing this, but this is one where I never got to play the original, and would like to! :-)
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