Support FAQ

Introduction

Greetings from Ken Williams. I am the publisher of the game – first off, thank you to the overwhelming number of people who are enjoying the game and giving it great ratings. I would like to share a few thoughts on the game that might help anyone considering the game decide if it is right for them or not. – This is a remake of a nearly 50 year old game. If you google the game you will discover that it has an incredible history and is deemed by many as foundational for the industry. We treated the remake as though we are trying to bring this game to a new generation. It’s an incredible game, and the original authors, William Crowther and Don Woods, deserve all the acclaim they have received. They are true heroes of the computer era. – Roberta Williams was heavily involved in this game every step of the way, but was not the designer. The graphics, sound, character designs, are Roberta’s, but the puzzles and dialog are 99% from the original. We forced ourselves not to change the original puzzles. They are challenging, and some arguably make no sense, but hints are easily available on the internet, available on a dial-in hint line, as well as embedded in the game. One should not tamper with a game that has been loved by millions. – The game uses a point n’ click interface. We easily could have done a more conventional controller VR handling, but thought this gave more of a cool retro feel. We didn’t completely want the game to feel modern. You’ll notice that much of the art style is “70s/80s”. We really wanted to do all we could to recreate the feeling of playing the old text adventure game, but fully immersive, in VR (and not with text). We’re extremely happy with how it turned out. 

-Ken Williams

Getting Started

Colossal Cave is available for purchase from Steam, Epic Games, Nintendo eShop , Xbox Store, PlayStation Store and the Meta Quest VR store.

Moving around in the game/basic controls

You can use either the keyboard, mouse, or gamepad. Many users use both the keys and mouse. You can select your mode of locomotion in the game from the settings > controls menu.

It uses standard WASD commands for movement. (W – forward, A – left, S – back, D – right). TAB opens the inventory. ESC opens the menu
You can look around by moving your mouse around. The left button uses the action/icon you have chosen. The right button cycles through available action icons, such as Interact (a hand), look (an eye), and walk (feet). Double clicking the left button brings up the options screen.
Use the left analog stick to move around; the right analog stick allows you to look around. The A button on the XBox Style Controller activates the action icon you have chosen. B selects the action icon. X toggles sprint mode on/off and Y opens your inventory. (Note: on other game pads, X/Y and A/B are flipped from an XBox Style controller) The start button brings up options.
Select the icon shaped like a hand – this is “interact”. You can use this to open the door.
Use the hand/interact icon on the item you wish to pick up. It is placed in your inventory.
Using the keyboard, you can press TAB to view it. Using the mouse, press your center button/scroll button. Using the gamepad, press the B key on your X-Box Style Controller. (On some controllers, it is labled ‘A’.)
  • Try getting all the items in the wellhouse – the food, the water, the lantern and especially the keys.
  • Open your inventory, and use the key on the grate
  • Visit our Discord Channel for more help and hints – http://discord.gg/colossalcave

Hardware

Make sure your controller is connected to your computer securely, and that your operating system recognizes the controller. In windows, you can go to the control panel/settings look for “USB Game Controllers” and make sure it is connected and functioning properly.  You can refer to the user manual that came with your controller for more information and support on your game controller device.

Contact

Virtual Reality

Some players experience motion sickness when using a VR headset. It varies from person to person, but if you are prone to motion sickness in automobiles, you may be susceptible.

Pause the game, take off the headset and gain your bearings.

Having the headset positioned on your head properly can alleviate some of the most common motion sickness triggers by making the experience easier to endure. Adjusting your headset fit and the settings ensures you move your eyes as little as possible and goes a long way in preventing dizziness and headaches in VR land.

  • Explore and interact with everything
  • Things are not always as they appear!

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