Cave Story is a 2D platformer which takes you back to the 16-bit days, the game was released on steam in 2011, but the game was released in Japan in 2004 by Studio Pixel
. Cave Story is not only a great platformer, it tells an interesting and far deeper story then you may realize on your first play through, if that wasn't enough, there are various decisions you can make throughout the game to obtain different items and even different story endings. -Detailed breakdown review- Story:
Maybe I heard Brentalfloss on Spotify singing the catchy theme song before playing the first 10 minutes of the game at a friend's house... and immediately knew I wanted this game. (Seriously, look up his song, it's sooooo good.)
Cave story starts out... DUN DUN DUN, in a cave! You're a boy who wakes up with no memory, but you soon learn of a mad scientist who intends to use these adorable bunny creatures (known as " Mimigas")
in a sinister experiment to gain power.
As you progress through the story you pick up different items, accessories, weapons, and even a few aesthetics. There are also four different endings to the game, meaning if you didn't like the ending you got... guess what you get to do? mwahaha.
While this feature is normally annoying, there's so much to discover I easily enjoyed playing the game again. Game Play:
The controls are as simple as they get; up, down, left, right, shoot, and switch weapon. The game quickly changes the way you play with the addition of different weapons/accessories that may have a different impact on your character... I'm trying to be cryptic, shush.
There's really not much else that can be said about the Game Play, without giving away fun items that you discover from playing the game. I should mention that this game is one of those "probably more fun to play with a controller", but I'm dead set in my keyboard and mouse ways, so I've spent all my time playing this game with a keyboard; still an excellent, fun game. Achievements:
There are 75 achievements for Cave Story, I have 57 of them (as of 04/20/15)
, I also have no shame in admitting I probably won't be getting any more of them, because this game is pretty tough in general... and I'm not even remotely close to a platforming-deity... Ask Super Meat Boy. *muffled crying* (It's a running gag, my friends get it... pops up in my reviews often.)
There are different categories for achievements: Story achievements, Item/weapon Collection Achievements, a few hidden achievements, Get a high letter rank on Bonus mission's, and End-Game Achievements. The most difficult achievements being: Hidden, Letter Rank, and End-Game Achievements. Price:
For just one payment of $14.99 you can enjoy the story inside a cave too! Seriously, that's a very fair asking price for a game I spent nearly 30 hours playing in the first two weeks of owning it. But if you're tight on money, just wait for a sale. Conclusion:
Cave Story is often times difficult (even on easy mode); the music is catchy, the game play is addictive, the controls are straight forward, and pretty much everything about the game is fun. The only real negative thing anyone can say about the game is that they might have mechanical problems (but those are few and far between).
I absolutely recommend this game!