Carl the Caveman (PC)

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Sunday, September 25, 2005

Graphics: 7.50
Sound: 7.00
Gameplay: 7.50
Replays: 7.50

Carl the Caveman is a fun little game for your PC. In it, players become Carl, who is tasked with collecting mushrooms and treasure chests while avoiding traps and creating paths to the treasure. The concept is simple yet fun, and with 120 levels players won’t be bored anytime soon.

Graphically the game maintains the simplicity of its gameplay concept. Everything is brightly colored and easy to pick out, plus the background animation looks pretty nice as well. If there is one thing to gripe about, it would be that levels have similar architecture, only with minor differences. You may only really care about this if you play the game for an hour or two at a time, but in small doses it isn’t an issue.

Background music definitely fits in with the lighthearted theme of the game. It is very laid back and doesn’t distract you from thinking of what to do next. Aside from that, there aren’t a whole lot of other sounds in the game, except for when your caveman dies or you collect an object. However, one nice option that is a first is the ability to import your own music in. This is a great alternative provided you grow tired of the standard music, and it would be nice if this feature continues to be included in future Alawar titles.

In every level, there is a set time limit, as well as a certain amount of items to collect. Once all of the items have been collected, the closed door in a level opens and you can walk through it to complete that particular level. But collecting every item won’t always be easy. Throughout the game you will have to collect keys to open other locked doors, avoid and trap enemies, and push and destroy crates and blocks to make paths. The control in the game is extremely simple; you move Carl using the arrow keys and push the spacebar to use his club. It’s very straightforward and makes for easy accessibility.

As mentioned before, the game features 120 levels. There are three different modes to choose from when choosing the game, and the 120 levels are divided among these. First off there is the Kid’s mode, which contains much easier gameplay for younger gamers. This is a great mode for if you have a young one around the house who wants to play the game along with you. Aside from that mode, there are Arcade and Logic modes. Arcade is more about speed and quickly taking out enemies, while Logic revolves around figuring out where to push which block to get to the items. Both are very fun and will keep you playing for awhile.

Carl the Caveman is a simple yet fun idea that will keep you occupied for a decent amount of time. It may not be the best product Alawar has made lately, but it certainly is worth the expense. Give it a shot and see if it’s the type of game you want to play.

Overall Rating: 7.50

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