Cave diving seems to be all the rage in the virtual world these days. With Minecraft and Terraria tearing up the indie scene and wacky titles like Bazooka Boy 2 eating up our bandwidth, it looks like digital spelunking is here to stay. It was only a matter of time before someone turned into a multiplayer online sport. Well luckily, Caves Online is just that. (You need to create an account to play but it's a quick, simple process that won't require an email address or any such nonsense. Just choose a name and password and you're done!) It's a fun arcade platform game that has you competing against dozens of "ghosts" of other players who've run the course before you. Use the [arrow] keys to jump over obstacles and pits, collecting gold to spend on upgrades and powerups and keeping pace with the ever-sliding view. Die, and you'll need to start over from the beginning. If only real cave diving where this fun.
Like all online games, Caves Online can occasionally incur some lag based on your internet connection's reliability. What's harder to forgive are the "pay to win" aspects, where it offers you extra gold and items in exchange for various Facebook likes and Paypal donations. It's par for the course in these kinds of games, unfortunately, but it isn't a deal breaker. You can still have fun earning your best run times the old fashioned way. The customizations options are fun if not particularly deep, making the whole experience a great waster of time. Caves Online might be held back by some superficial silliness, but the core experience is energetic, challenging and exciting.