The Lost Cave of the Ozarks (Early Access) – A Narrated, Immersive, and Beautiful Classic Platformer

The Lost Cave of the Ozarks (Early Access) – A Narrated, Immersive, and Beautiful Classic Platformer

Game Review


The Lost Cave of the Ozarks is a puzzle platforming adventure game that’ll draw you in with its gorgeous artwork.

The game is currently in a Kickstarter campaign but already has a sweet demo available for play. The game combines puzzles, platforming, and lots of secrets for you to uncover throughout the game’s beautiful hand-painted worlds. It takes a lot of traditional platforming elements and mixes them with some modern ones for a new and refreshing take on the genre.

For instance, there are classic chase scenes as there are in any good platformer. But you don’t just run for it in this game. You have a stamina meter which you need to constantly watch out for. You need to balance it out if you don’t want to get caught. This is something I haven’t seen in a platformer game since the old-school days of first-gen consoles.

The game is based on different narratives that are all intertwined with each other. It’s set in the 1880s all the way to today, so time is a factor in the storyline. You control multiple characters throughout each time narrative that cover a different time period. The game offers 3 different characters in their own narrative for you to play through.

It’s inspired by real events and locations that have occurred in history. The stories are also based on actual events in history. It’ll immerse you in with its atmospheric 2D platformer world that brings about exploration, puzzle-solving, and super action sequences.

The game is also narrated and has a kickass soundtrack that evolves with the storyline. It’s a unique platformer that offers a lot of stuff combined into one game. The storyline is actually good enough make you want to play, and each characters’ stories seem like they’ll offer an interesting take into history.

There are also multiple story endings as well. The game does an excellent job of giving you total immersion into the game with the fantastic soundtrack and stunning visuals.

You play as a character called “The Boy” and the game revolves around you completing rooms from the past and then seeing the same segment in the present as Libedon- the tour guide of The Lost Cave.

The current demo offers just about 10 minutes of gameplay and shows off the game’s amazing hand-drawn artwork.

The gameplay is actually very fluid and well done. The game has a heavy influence by games where you need to solve puzzles constantly in order to progress through the platforming rather than once in a while. There are a few checkpoints on each level and also some awesome stamina management areas. The game is very creative and brings back that Nintendo feel of platforming that anyone can appreciate.

Come for the artwork. Stay for the platforming. The game will invite you into its lush, detailed world. It plays as a sidescroller as you solve simple to moderate puzzles in order to activate platforms, unlock secrets, and outrun hazard. Lost Cave of the Ozarks is a game platformer games will jump all over!

  • Amazing artwork
  • Superb, immersive soundtrack
  • Combines multiple platforming elements
  • Puzzles
  • Old-school platforming mixed with modern engines
  • Confusing level layout
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Game Information

Status: Early Access

Published: 6/21/17

Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux

Engine: –

Genre: Platformer

Languages: English

Inputs: Keyboard, Mouse, Gamepad

Developer Information

Developer: RubberGardener

Developer page: Go


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