The Cave is a hybrid Platformer-Adventure game made by Double Fine Game Studios and published by Sega. If you are a fan of platforming games or adventure games, do yourself a favor and check this game out.
The game is about seven adventures that are going to explore The Cave to find what their heart desires most. They all come from different walks of life: a Monk, an Adventure (think female Indiana Jones), a Hillbilly, a Scientist, Twins, a Knight, and a Time-Traveler. Their desires are varied and have twists that you will find out as you play the game.
Double Fine is known for charming games and The Cave continues this tredition. The Cave itself provides the narration, and is very funny, and the explorers all have a fun look and feel even if what they desire is not altruistic.
To play the game you jump up and down in a two-dimensional world, but unlike most platformers timing is rarely difficult. The challenge in this game are the puzzles. Trying to figure out what you need to do to proceed. Each character can hold one item at a time, and you only get three characters per play through, so you can count on having to have them team up to solve the problem. And the puzzles do a great job of being brain teasers but still having common sense based answers, and each play through is about three hours, so it is not as if you are devoting your life to this game, and you can save a quit anywhere.
But really the draw here is the great writing and charm they crammed in to every corner of this game. If you like video games then this is something you should check out. If not, I still think you may want to give it a look.