Cave Story

Genre(s): Action/Platform,

Metacritic User Rating: 8.6 (out of 10)

Price: Free


Cave Story, or Doukutsu Monogatari as it’s known in Japan, is a charming, and FREE, little platformer with a rabid fanbase. A fun platformer with a solid story.Devoted fans have translated the game into English and ported it to everything from Linux to the TI-83 calculator.

It was developed, designed, and programmed over five years by Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya in his free time. The game features 2D platform mechanics and is intended as an homage to the classic games that the author played in his youth, such as Metroid and Castlevania.

The game focuses on an amnesiac silent protagonist who awakens in a cave. Through his explorations, he discovers a plot by the Doctor, a megalomaniac who intends to force the inhabitants of the cave to fight for him in his bid to conquer the world. The protagonist is thrust into the position of savior as he endeavours to defeat the Doctor.

The player controls the on-screen character directly using a control pad (or keyboard input with patch applied). The player progresses by jumping and navigating platform game puzzles and shooting enemies with the equipped weapon. When the player collects multiple weapons, they may be toggled at any time with the press of a button. Defeating enemies sometimes yields yellow triangular objects which give experience points to weapons when collected. Weapons may be improved up to level three, but taking damage causes weapons to lose experience and levels. Health and missile capacity upgrades are scattered throughout the game world. The player interacts with non-player characters and objects by pressing down on the control pad.

Publisher: Studio Pixel

Developer: Daisuke Amaya

Release Date: December 20, 2004

Players: Single Player

ERSB: E10+

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