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The Cave Guide – The Scientist’s Quest Guide


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. If you need any other The Cave Guides make sure to check out our The Cave Walkthrough that has links for every single puzzle. Let’s get started.

The Scientist’s Puzzle Guide

The Scientist’s Quest in The Cave is all about launching a nuclear missile and killing off other scientists. To get into this area, first you have to hack a console to unlock a door. Then, after getting through this first door, head to the right. You will see a grog machine. Hack the grog machine with the scientist and you will go into a brand new area.

Grabbing the First Launch Key

The first thing you need to do once you get into the launch area is get up an elevator. Swim across the pond that you come across to a fuse box. Grab up the fuse and then head back across the pond of water. Head up a ladder and plug the fuse into an empty fuse box. This will open up an elevator.

After taking the elevator up you are pushed into a room. Take the ladder up and hack the console with the Scientist. This will open the blast door so you can move forward. In the next room to the right there is a laser moving back and forth. Wait for the laser to start moving to the right, away from the console, and then hack the console with the Scientist. This will kill the scientist on the right and he will drop your first launch key. Run it over to the room to the left and put it in one of the keyholes.

Grabbing the Second Launch Key

Take one character past where the scientist died into the room to the right. You’re going to want a character there. With the Scientist, hack the console next to the elevator to make the elevator work and then take it down. Take ladders down to the third level that will be marked with a 3 next to the ladder. If you head over to the left there will be a wet floor sign. This sign will make the floor slippery where ever you put it. Grab the sign and head up the ladder.

Head up to level one and then go right. Place the wet floor sign on the ground right by the warhead console. Hack the console and the scientist will come running. With the wet floor sign down he will slip, die and drop his key. Grab the key and take it back to the key room to put your second key in.

Grabbing the Third Launch Key

The third key is a lot more difficult to grab then the other two. Keep one character on the top floor in the room all the way to the left with the administrative console. Put one character on the second floor on the right, the break room, right next to the bulletin board. And put the third character on the bottom floor to the left in the kitchen. These characters need to work together to get this last key.

Use the character on the third floor to find out what food is on special for the day. Use the character in the break room to cross reference what day it is. Then use the character on the top floor to figure out what the password is on that day. Move the character on the third floor to the right and enter the code that you learned from the administrative panel. This will unlock the knockout gas room. Grab the knockout gas and take it to the second floor and head to the right where there is a vent blowing out air.

Now with your character on the top floor, go up the ladder to the right. In this room there is a switch called the HVAC control switch. Hit this switch and it will change the direction of the flow of air. With the character that is on the second floor, next to the vent and holding the knockout gas hit the drop button. Knockout gas will go into the vent and knock out a guard that was threatening to shoot anyone who came by. He will drop the third and final key.

Inserting The Monkey

The last thing that needs to be done is inserting a navigator. Take a character to the bottom third floor. In the cafeteria that is on the left side there is a bowl of fruit. Hit the action button to shift through the fruit until you find Bananas. Grab the bananas and head to the first floor where the guard was.

Go all the way to the right and feed a banana to the chimp. He will now start to follow you. Go down one level to the second floor. Head all the way to the left and you will get to a little pod that the chimp will go into. Head up to the top floor and turn the keys with all three characters. The nuclear rocket will take off and will clear your way to move on. You have finished the scientist’s level in the cave.

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