Run, jump, shoot, fly and explore your way through a massive action-adventure reminiscent of classic 8- and 16-bit games.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (42 reviews) - 92% of the 42 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (3,991 reviews) - 96% of the 3,991 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 22, 2011

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“All in all, Cave Story is an incredible game that I'm sure I will be playing again and again for the rest of my life. It succeeds at telling a great story, providing fantastic run-and-gun gameplay, and a huge world to explore, and it does so with a style and technique all its own.”
95/100 – http://www.destructoid.com/review-cave-story-wiiware--169033.phtml
“It's a must-play masterpiece for anyone who like classic action games -- or any kind of action game, really. The only real question is which will amaze you more: That this is the work of a single man, or that they actually do make 'em like this anymore.”
100/100 – http://www.1up.com/reviews/cave-story-wii-review
“If this game had been released on the NES 20 years ago, it would be recalled by a generation of players as a high point of the 8-bit era.”
90/100 – Eurogamer

About This Game

Arguably the most well-known indie game of all time, Cave Story features a completely original storyline wrapped with personality, mystery and hours of fast-paced fun. Cave Story is an action-adventure game from the critically acclaimed independent designer, Daisuke Amaya--or Pixel to his fans. Overflowing with unmatched charm and character, Cave Story takes you into a rare world where a curious race of innocent rabbit-like creatures, called Mimigas, run free.
You wake up in a dark cave with no memory of who you are, where you came from or why you're in such a place. Uncovering Mimiga Village you discover that the once-carefree Mimigas are in danger at the hands of a maniacal scientist. The Mimigas’ only hope rest squarely on the shoulders of a quiet, amnesiac boy who can't remember his own name.
Run, jump, shoot, fly and explore your way through a massive action-adventure reminiscent of classic 8- and 16-bit games. Take control and learn the origins of this world’s power, stop the delusional villain and save the Mimiga!

Key Features:

  • Original (320x240) graphics and upgraded “HD” graphics
  • Remastered music as well as the original soundtrack
  • Mix-and-match new/old artwork and music!
  • Six new play modes (including Wind Fortress, Boss Rush and more!)
  • Over 20 epic boss battles through Mimiga Island
  • 15 levels to explore in the vast world
  • 10 unique weapons to find and upgrade
  • USB controller compatibility
  • Four unique endings
  • Future content updates

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Intel Core Solo
    • Memory:128 MB RAM
    • Graphics:64MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 2.0 Ghz and above
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB RAM, non-integrated
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor:Intel only, Power PC not supported
    • Memory:128 MB RAM
    • Graphics:64MB RAM
    Recommended:
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 2.0 Ghz and above
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 10.04 and Newer
    • Processor:Intel Core Solo
    • Memory:128 MB RAM
    • Graphics:64MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu 10.04 and Newer
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 2.0 Ghz and above
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB RAM, non-integrated
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
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Recent:
Very Positive (42 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (3,991 reviews)
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peanutsondabeach2005
8.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
there are dogs
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LPRyan
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 30
Simple a cave that has a story gameplay that mixes megaman with metroid and has over whelming fan and critic praise and it deserves it i recommed any person who love Platformers should play this no doubt
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Hattori
18.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
So after years of occupying a place in my Backlog, I finally decided to give Cave Story a shot.

And I can definitely see why people adore this game so much. Playing the game, you can't help but feel the love and hard work put into it, and sometimes its hard to believe this game was made just by one guy.

You could easily place this game alongside indie darlings like Fez, Braid or Super Meat Boy, with its great pixel art and catchy soundtrack, and it's even more incredible to think this came out in 2004, before the indie craze even started.
Every corner of the game is polished and well thought out, so you never get the feeling you are indeed playing a freeware game ( Yes, you can play this game for free, this edition simply includes remastered graphics and soundtrack and some other extras).

As for gameplay, I would call this a "2D Ratchet and Clank", where you have an arsenal of versatile weapons to quickly swap inbetween enemy encounters and platforming segments.
The game has a wonderful weapon leveling up system where you can get a stronger version of the weapon you are using if you manage to collect enough power up items dropped by enemies, yet getting hit enough times downgrades it back to regular form.
This gives you a sense of feedback, where you feel you are getting rewarded for playing better.

Different kinds of enemies will have you constantly switching weapons in real time to deal with each situation as they come, and the bosses will always have you on the edge of your seat, dodging all kind of attacks and projectiles.
You might get the sense at first that this game is a Metroidvania, but you soon realize that levels are very much linear, but there is a ton of secrets and easter eggs to uncover if you like that sort of stuff

The game is fairly accessible while still being very challenging as you go along, and for the hardcore crowd out there, you can try going for the True Ending where you are tasked with beating an incredibly hard level and a Final Boss all in one go without checkpoints, that alone will take you 2-3 hours minimum to beat, unless you are some sort of gaming machine.

As for the story, its a very simple tale that grabs with you with it's charming characters and setting, with a few emotional punches along the way. Nothing complex about it, but its enough to get you invested, and it fits perfectly with the genre and artstyle, and there is depth in it if you are willing to search for it
It's very easy to see why Undertale was inspired by this game, taking into account the many parallels between both games.

I's say definitely play it, you have nothing to lose( iterally it's free if you don't care for extra content).
One of the best indie game ever made, and one of the best free games ever made.
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VirginPhimosisGamer
13.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
epic nihon charm and gameplay.... a must play for all true gamers.
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The Keronel
8.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
seriously blood-pumping gameplay, awesome music, great artwork, and a surprisingly strange and somber tone over a very dark story about power and death, with some odd bits of humor. plus, you can play as curly brace. definitely one of my favorite games
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Bad at Tetris
65.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
This is probably my favorite platformer of all time. Even though Steam will report that I've spent 65.8 hours on it as of now, but over the last 3 or 4 years across all versions, that number would be more accurately around 410 hours (350 on the 3DS eShop version alone).

This game has
- Amazing music, with 2 switchable soundtracks.
- Amazing graphics, with an 8-bit and 16-bit style.
- Amazing gameplay, about 8 hours long and with very tight controls and good level design.
- Tons of speedrunning potential, since the game has very little RNG and the "secret level" even comes with an ingame timer.
- Mod support, you can import mods for the original Cave Story using a third-party program and add them to the game's Challenges menu.
- A decent story that doesn't get in the way of gameplay. Think SotN.

If you're on the fence, try out the freeware version online. This and the 3DS eShop version add enough to the game to be worth the money.
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Natrium
22.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
Pixel, you magnificent ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
How could you posiibly make something so incredibly amazing
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Xefroscalene
20.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
10/10 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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pumpkinthehead
62.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
Everything there is to love about Contra, and better.
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๖ۣۜSpace·Pirate
10.1 hrs
Posted: August 21
Cave Story (Doukutsu Monogatari) is an amazing action-adventure platformer made by
Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya.

The story is very well made and has multiple endings, the characters are memorable, the gameplay is very smooth and the music.. don't get me started on the music..

This is easily one of the best indie games out there. I highly recommend it.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Cave Story (Doukutsu Monogatari) is an amazing action-adventure platformer made by
Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya.

The story is very well made and has multiple endings, the characters are memorable, the gameplay is very smooth and the music.. don't get me started on the music..

This is easily one of the best indie games out there. I highly recommend it.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Metroid and Mega Man had sexual intercourse and gave birth to a beautiful baby.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
This is one of the grandaddies of modern indie PC gaming as we know it today. You'd be hard pressed to find someone that hasn't at least heard of it before, and for good reason. This game is simply a masterpiece.

Everything about it is just right and where it needs to be. The gameplay is really fun and demands skill from the player, the characters are all memorable and lovable, the story and its moral message are suprisingly deep, the visuals are nice and crisp, and the music is fantastic. This is a game I can recommend to almost anyone.

However, if you are thinking of buying this game, then you must know you will be in for a SERIOUS challenge if you want to get the best ending. Not only because of how difficult it is to figure out how to achieve the good ending by yourself (don't be ashamed if you need a guide for that), but also because one of gaming's most infamous challenges await you. So if you're a quitter, turn back now.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
seriously blood-pumping gameplay, awesome music, great artwork, and a surprisingly strange and somber tone over a very dark story about power and death, with some odd bits of humor. plus, you can play as curly brace. definitely one of my favorite games
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
This is probably my favorite platformer of all time. Even though Steam will report that I've spent 65.8 hours on it as of now, but over the last 3 or 4 years across all versions, that number would be more accurately around 410 hours (350 on the 3DS eShop version alone).

This game has
- Amazing music, with 2 switchable soundtracks.
- Amazing graphics, with an 8-bit and 16-bit style.
- Amazing gameplay, about 8 hours long and with very tight controls and good level design.
- Tons of speedrunning potential, since the game has very little RNG and the "secret level" even comes with an ingame timer.
- Mod support, you can import mods for the original Cave Story using a third-party program and add them to the game's Challenges menu.
- A decent story that doesn't get in the way of gameplay. Think SotN.

If you're on the fence, try out the freeware version online. This and the 3DS eShop version add enough to the game to be worth the money.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
So after years of occupying a place in my Backlog, I finally decided to give Cave Story a shot.

And I can definitely see why people adore this game so much. Playing the game, you can't help but feel the love and hard work put into it, and sometimes its hard to believe this game was made just by one guy.

You could easily place this game alongside indie darlings like Fez, Braid or Super Meat Boy, with its great pixel art and catchy soundtrack, and it's even more incredible to think this came out in 2004, before the indie craze even started.
Every corner of the game is polished and well thought out, so you never get the feeling you are indeed playing a freeware game ( Yes, you can play this game for free, this edition simply includes remastered graphics and soundtrack and some other extras).

As for gameplay, I would call this a "2D Ratchet and Clank", where you have an arsenal of versatile weapons to quickly swap inbetween enemy encounters and platforming segments.
The game has a wonderful weapon leveling up system where you can get a stronger version of the weapon you are using if you manage to collect enough power up items dropped by enemies, yet getting hit enough times downgrades it back to regular form.
This gives you a sense of feedback, where you feel you are getting rewarded for playing better.

Different kinds of enemies will have you constantly switching weapons in real time to deal with each situation as they come, and the bosses will always have you on the edge of your seat, dodging all kind of attacks and projectiles.
You might get the sense at first that this game is a Metroidvania, but you soon realize that levels are very much linear, but there is a ton of secrets and easter eggs to uncover if you like that sort of stuff

The game is fairly accessible while still being very challenging as you go along, and for the hardcore crowd out there, you can try going for the True Ending where you are tasked with beating an incredibly hard level and a Final Boss all in one go without checkpoints, that alone will take you 2-3 hours minimum to beat, unless you are some sort of gaming machine.

As for the story, its a very simple tale that grabs with you with it's charming characters and setting, with a few emotional punches along the way. Nothing complex about it, but its enough to get you invested, and it fits perfectly with the genre and artstyle, and there is depth in it if you are willing to search for it
It's very easy to see why Undertale was inspired by this game, taking into account the many parallels between both games.

I's say definitely play it, you have nothing to lose( iterally it's free if you don't care for extra content).
One of the best indie game ever made, and one of the best free games ever made.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Lots of fun, but it can get stupidly cheesy if you have L3 of Curly's gun.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
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423 of 483 people (88%) found this review helpful
192 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
STOP READING THIS AND BUY IT ALREADY

I'm not even kidding.

  • Fluent Controls
  • Great Story
  • Great Gameplay
  • Godlike Soundtrack

Quit reading this review However, nobody really reads my reviews to begin with and just BUY THIS GAME!
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510 of 611 people (83%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2011
a cool fact about caves is that they are underground
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