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Monkey Island creator behind The Cave

Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert is behind a new 2D adventure game entitled The Cave.

Ron Gilbert, the man famous for making legendary graphic adventure game The Secret of Monkey Island, is hard at work creating a new game for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox Live Arcade.

He is working with Double Fine Productions to create The Cave, a 2D adventure game set for release at the beginning of next year.

It has been described as a puzzling adventure game. Yet it will not include the trademark "point-and-click" mechanics Mr Gilbert has been famous for in his past games, which have included two other Monkey Island games and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: the Graphic Adventure.

Gamers will be put in control of a team of cavers, also known as spelunkers, each of whom are looking for a hidden treasure. A medieval knight is on the hunt for a magic sword, a hillbilly is looking for a true love, two urchins seek their parents, a scientist wants a great invention, a monk is after his master and, last but not least, a time traveller hopes to prevent an epic disaster.

Up to three of this eclectic bunch can be included in a player's team and, depending on who is chosen, different areas of the cave will be opened, as each character's special ability unlocks alternative areas.

Each person in the game has an area of the cave themed around their personality, so the knight will be faced with dragons in a castle and the scientist with test tubes in a laboratory.

Puzzles will be based around using logic, much like the graphic adventures of old, but the team element will require more collaboration among the characters.

"The concept of The Cave has been bouncing around in my head for many, many years, and then the little voices that tell me to do things said it was time to make the game," added Mr Gilbert.

"I'm thrilled to be working with amazingly talented folks at Double Fine and ecstatic that the team at Sega believes in adventure games and quirky ideas."ADNFCR-1220-ID-801372122-ADNFCR