Run, jump, shoot, fly and explore your way through a massive action-adventure reminiscent of classic 8- and 16-bit games.
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Very Positive (40 reviews) - 90% of the 40 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (3,983 reviews) - 96% of the 3,983 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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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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grobda
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 19
Cool and cutesy 'metroidvania' style game I enjoyed playing through to the finish.
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Reise
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 19
Product received for free
A really cute game so far as I've seen!

It looks great, and the story so far is interesting and entertaining.

The game plays very nice, and the music and sfx are just wonderful.

A bit difficult - this game seems to be rather unforgiving at times.

I'd have to play it some more but it definitely has left a good first impression on me.
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karpenter
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 18
this game is good but trying to get the good ending is hard as hell i recommend this game or if dont have 15,00$ dollers you get the old version at cavestory.com or get 3d version on nintendo esop
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Sporadical Dude!
88.2 hrs
Posted: August 18
It's good. What, do I need to elaborate? Fine, here's a list of reasons why this game is awesome:
-dat OST
-The OST is awesome
-Buy the OST, it's awesome
-The OST is absolutely awesome
-Best OST of anything in the world ever. Any other opinion is completely false!
-The OST is super cool
-I really love the OST
-The OST is freaking awesome!
-The OST is completely brilliant!
-The OST is badass
-I like the soundtrack.
-I really love the OST
-There is no OST better than this game's
-If you think the OST sucks, you are a total idiot. No questions asked.
-The BEST OST!
-It's fun

TL;DR: Music.
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E-taco
26.0 hrs
Posted: August 17
YES
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TheWatermelonNinja
19.6 hrs
Posted: August 16
Overall: 9.1/10 - Amazing

Graphics: 8/10 - Great
The updated graphics from the original are way superior, and I love them. You also have the choice to use the original graphics, but that's purely for nostalgia in my opinion, and looks ugly at a high resolution. One issue I have is that the game runs at 4:3, but the Wii version was able to run at 16:9 fine.

Sound: 9/10 - Amazing
I can listen to the soundtrack for days. The soundtrack is extremely good. You have the choice between the original, remastered and "new" soundtracks. The original is great as itself, the remastered is like taking that original and making it way better, and the "new" soundtrack is just bland and lame in my opinion.

Gameplay: 9/10 - Amazing
Easy to play, hard to master. Controls smoothly and responsively on both keyboard and controller.

Replay Value: 9.5/10 - Very Amazing
After beating the game once, you have extra levels to play, which are all time attacks. You also have achievements, which will require you to play over the game multiple times. Each one of these replays all bring new content you have not seen yet, from different endings, to new weapons.

Amount of Content: 10/10 - Extremely Amazing
Cave Story+ gives a lot of content and gameplay for its $10 price tag.
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Graylitic
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 16
I played the original Cave Story a whil ago, and bought Cave Story+ when it was on sale to support the developer, assuming the money goes in some part to Pixel. Cave Story is a fantastic game paced with love and heart. It has fun gameplay, a great story, awesome characters, an amazing soundtrack, and a hard final boss. Seriously, the actual final boss is so hard I had to redo the whole game and get all heart capsules and missile upgrades to beat him, but when I did it was extremely satisfying. Highly reccomend to anyone who enjoys platformers, or games in general.
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13 of 14 people (93%) 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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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
14 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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4 of 6 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
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421 of 479 people (88%) found this review helpful
189 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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509 of 609 people (84%) 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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93 of 101 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
It’s not easy to even start talking about Cave Story without starting to throw out such adjectives like “modern classic” or “cult underground hit”. But there, you have it, I just wrote it and I won’t take it back. This game preceded the current state of indie scene by a few years, back when it was released as freeware title in 2004. In a few years it was improved and expanded to various platforms with more content and refined graphics. It even was remade in 3D and published for 3DS, though that particular version lacks to provide definitive Cave Story experience. But in the beginning it was made by a single developer on his free time. His name was Daisuke Amaya. The fact that this guy is japanese (not that you couldn’t tell it by his name) explains a lot. Like, for starters, game’s setting and plot.
Taking place inside giant floating island inhabited by giant sentient rabbit-like creatures called Mimigas this story is both absurd and complex. Starting out very light-hearted game is filled with tremendous amount of jokes. While the story develops, it tends to grow deeper and more brutal than you might think it’ll turn out. Like many metroidvanias do, game prefers not to present you with the world details and backstory, but rather let you explore it by yourself. A vague prologue, which will leave player clueless transits to waking up in a cave. A silent protagonist suffering from memory loss, as cliché as it is, works as perfect instrument here. You wake up, you find a gun, you begin your journey. Your mission, your ultimate goal is covered with the mystery. And discovering it can’t be done separately with finding an answer to an even more important question “What the hell is going on here?” But searching it won’t be similar to aimless wandering around. Cave Story keeps a very good pace, presenting you with new goals and providing directions to them on the go. It isn’t large glowing marker on the map though, but rather clevel organization of levels and progression of the story. Exploring and finding hidden secrets is present in the game, but size of the areas isn’t overwhelming and new levels are introduced one by one. There is though few very unobvious decisions that change the outcome of the game drastically. So if you want to achieve the best ending prepare to keep a keen eye for details or rather even look for some guides.
From the perspective of game mechanics it’s the usual run-jump-shoot trio, but with a few twists. One of them is leveling system. Killed enemies drop yellow triangles, which fill the progression bar of currently equipped weapon. Fully filled bar increases weapon level, up to maximum third, but taking damage drops the bar back down, so prepare for some micromanagement. Weapons have different shooting patterns. There is Polar Star which fires plain bullets, then there’s Fireball which produces bouncing deadly balls of fire. Then there’s Spur which has chargeable beam; the longer you charge it, the more powerful the resulting shot will be. Plenty of choices results in very different strategies player can use. Though you’ll tend to have favourites among your arsenal, keeping them all leveled up and ready will be invaluable. To make things even more complex some of the weapons can be traded off in exchange providing you with other guns which have different qualities. This changes are sometimes mutually exclusive and not always reversible, so don’t answer yes every time some friendly NPC offers you something, that’s my advice here. Unlike your main interaction tools your character doesn’t really level up, with the exception of few valuable health upgrades. Not very hard if you keep the default path game is horribly ruthless when it comes to that last levels of the “best ending” branch. How does it sound for you: beating a few sequential levels swarming with enemies and two bosses? If you fail, you start again from the very beginning. That’s very different from the main path, where you’ll find save points after every major event. But then again, it’s for those who want to fully beat the game. For those who are trained and prepared there are even special timer for that last sequence, beating last boss before time runs out will unlock one of the few special music tracks in main menu. The themes depend on how fast you complete it, a new one for each minute saved. And that happens only if you found special secret item, but I guess that won’t be a problem for those who are that deep in the game.
Cave Story stands on the shoulders of giants, combining elements from both Metroid and Mega Man. But it goes further than just simple copying of old classics. It is polished and compelling and its influence knows no merits; nearly every modern 2D-metroidvania has taken some lessons from here. A must-have experience if you call yourself a lover of modern indie-games.
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171 of 211 people (81%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Everything about this game is perfect.
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78 of 83 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2015
So; a game released initially for free years ago is now avaliable for almost 20 dollars.
Is it worth it...?

...depends!

Cave Story+ is the most definitive version of the game ever released in my own opinion, trumping other releases on consoles, and the original in terms of raw content. Cave Story+ boasts extra gameplay modes, stages, the ability to switch between the original and new graphics and music (And the WiiWare exclusive music too!), difficulty modes, little easter eggs, and a few things I probably don't have memorized sprinkled on top of an already amazing game.

The problem I have recommending it to most people is that the original Cave Story is still out for no money whatsoever and includes the entire length of the main game. If you're not comfortable whatsoever about paying money for Cave Story+, you can still get the original for exactly 0 dollars and decide whether or not the extra content will be worth your time based on how much you enjoyed it.

I'll be honest in saying that paying that amount of money for Cave Story+ feels like a bit of a rip once you've played the original and know its plot inside and out, but if you're like me and you really enjoy playing the game whenever you can, you won't really mind it. In reality, I own about six different copies of Cave Story between Nintendo systems and my computer, so you can tell I'm a bit of a nut about this game. There's something about the atmosphere, characters, and gameplay that just make it beyond awesome and a blast to play every single time.


In any case, I will always recommend you play the original first. It's free, and it's a timeless classic made by one man. You will enjoy it. If you come to love it just as much as I do and you need more, definitely grab Cave Story+ when you can (though maybe on a sale!)
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