The Cave Guide – The Time Traveler’s Quest Guide

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The Cave, a game made by Ron Gilbert and Double Fine Productions is a 2D side scrolling puzzle quagmire. We will document our journey through The Cave and will be posting up stopping points along the way for anyone that may need some help. If you do need any The Cave help, or if we skip a part that you would like to see, make sure to hit us up in the comments. Do you know an easier way to do a puzzle? Hit us up in the comments as well and help your fellow gamers. Let’s get started.

The Time Travelers Revenge

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The Time Traveler’s Quest in The Cave is all about shifting between the past, the present and the future to basically kill a line of people. The Time Traveler wants to be the best employee of all time instead of the guy that is standing on the desk in the future. To get this whole thing going all you have to do is go up the first ladder once you get into the area. Head to the left and there will be a fuse box. Move the rock so you can get to the fuse. Remember this area because you will have to come back here.

Once you have the fuse head down back to the start. Then the next ladder over should go down. Head down to this part, and drop the fuse into the open slot. Now the time machine will be working and the fun can begin.

Killing The Dinosaur



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Killing the dinosaur in the Time Traveler’s Quest is a multiple stepped process. The first step is to make sure that all three of your characters can time travel. To do this, take the time traveler back to the past through the time machine. Head up to the area where you first got the fuse from. It is up an upwards ladder very close to the time machine. When you get into that room, there will be a block that you can push or pull, just like you did to jump up to the fuse box in the present. Pull that rock to the right until it stops the water dripping from the ceiling. This will make it so the rocks don’t form that blocked your characters in the present and now they can get to the time machine.

Take one of your other characters into the future. From there go right, past the two ladders we have been using and go down the next ladder. Continue down and to the left. Eventually you will get to a gap and a ladder downwards that is just to the left of the gap. Go down that ladder and head to the right. There will be an exhibit that makes you smell like a dinosaur. Hit the button to smell like the dinosaur and then head back to the time machine. Join the Time Traveler in the past.

Take the Time Traveler, and your character that smells like a dinosaur, back to that exact same room that had the exhibit that made the character smell like a dinosaur while you are now in the past (the room that has a gap and a ladder going downwards from above). Now that you are back in that area, take the Time Traveler to the left and you will see a cave man trying to make a wheel. Leave her there.

Take the character that smells like a dinosaur down the ladder. When you go to the right there will be a sleeping dinosaur. The dinosaur will wake up when it smells you. Head to the left and make it chase you until it is standing underneath the gap. Switch to the Time Traveler, and have her push the misshapen wheel to the right. It will drop down on the dinosaurs head and it will die.

Getting the Oil



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Grabbing the oil in the Time Traveler’s Quest is a little bit tricky. For the first part, keep the time traveler in the past and head all the way to the right of this area. You will see a rock on a slope that is blocking water like in the picture above. Push the rock to the right, holding on to the action button and switch to a different character. Now take any one of your characters to this same spot in the present and in the future.

For the character that is in the present there will now be a well. Hold the action button and the character will pull up the well and a bucket will be on the end of the sting. While holding the action button on that character, switch to the character you have that is in the future.

Now that there has been a well, and the well string has been pulled up, this same spot in the future will have a bucket as an exhibit. Grab this bucket and head down to the exhibit that makes you stink like a dinosaur. You will notice that where you killed the dinosaur, there is now a puddle of oil. Grab up that puddle of oil with the bucket and head back to the employee desk.

Getting the Wheel



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Getting the wheel in the Time Traveler’s Quest is now pretty easy if you have followed the above steps. If you have the oil in the bucket and are good to go, keep reading. If you haven’t gotten the oil or killed the dinosaur, please look to the two sections above. Alright, take the oil to the employee desk. Directly to the right of that will be a combustion engine and an elevator. Put the oil in the combustion engine and then take the elevator up. There will be a wheel up there.

Now it just becomes a pushing game. Push the wheel onto the elevator and ride it down. Then push the wheel to the time machine (to the right). Hit the time machine and bring the wheel into the past. From here, push the wheel to the right until it falls off of a ridge. The cave man will fall in love with the wheel and go stand by it. Take your character to the left where the cave man was sculpting misshapen wheels. Push the rock to the right and boom; it will hit the cave man on the head.

Now that the caveman is dead you can take the Time Traveler back to the future. She will now be the best employee of all time instead of the other guy. This means you can now grab anything you want in the future museum. You have probably passed the big key that they called the wrong name that is to the right and downward from the employee desk. Now that you are the best employee, you can grab the key. Take the key into the present through the time machine and then you will be able to exit the area through the door.

I hope this guide helped you guys. If you do need any more help with this puzzle let us know and we will get on it! I will also post a few video guides here and there on posts that show some more details. Thank you for reading and keep it locked on Gamers Heroes for all of your gaming needs.

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  • Django

    When I travel to the past to move the rock (which I successfully moved in the present to get the fuse) she can only move it a bit then it becomes “ungrabbable” and she can’t move it. Reloading the game put the rock back in its original position, but the same thing happens again when I re-try to move it. Therefore, I can’t stop the stalactites and my other players can’t enter her area… breaking the game for the TT! Any thoughts? I’m playing on a Mac via Steam. (Completed Knight and Twins with no such glitching…)

    • http://www.gamersheroes.com/members/ryan-mcbride/ Ryan McBride

      Are you trying to push it from the left to the right to block the water? Or are you pulling it right from the right? You have to pull it to fit under.

      After looking through some sites online though, this may be a bug that happens to some people. I hope it’s not, but some people are saying that it completely broke their game and had to start over from the beginning. If I find a solution I will post it up here. Also if you figure it out let us know!

      Good luck!

      • Django

        Well, on my fourth attempt at re-re-loading and moving the rock, it worked like it should have the first 3 times… for whatever reasons. Still frustrating to go through, but at least my ‘friends” are with me now! Thanks for your speedy reply, Ryan, and I’m sure I’ll be hitting your guide again soon, tho I’m trying *not* to!

        • http://www.gamersheroes.com/members/ryan-mcbride/ Ryan McBride

          I’m just glad it helped and that your game wasn’t broken! Here is a link to all of the quests just in case you do get stuck http://www.gamersheroes.com/the-cave-walkthrough-collection. I know I was banging my head on a table for a couple of them.

  • Talton

    Had no idea about the key combo in the time traveler puzzel, though I new it had to have something to do with the rolling rock. From what I’ve read, it’s been the most frustrating piece of this game.

    I guess you could argue that factoring in these key combos is part of the game, though I still found it pretty annoying.

    • RyanHeroing

      I had a lot of problems with this section if I remember it right. Pretty frustrating.

  • Talton

    Had no idea about the key combo in the time traveler puzzel, though I new it had to have something to do with the rolling rock. From what I’ve read, it’s been the most frustrating piece of this game.

    I guess you could argue that factoring in these key combos is part of the game, though I still found it pretty annoying.

    • RyanHeroing

      I had a lot of problems with this section if I remember it right. Pretty frustrating.

  • P.s. Fore

    by pretty tricky, they mean “totally stupid”