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"What I personally think is one of the best games of all time. Great music, memorable characters, surprisingly rich story and gameplay all from one man."

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    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
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
The original Cave Story was released only in Japan for the PC in 2004. There are several Fan-translated versions for this game, now known as an "indie". Cave Story+ is all that and much more.

Advancing on the cult classic, Cave Story+ has the same thrilling fights, deep characters, and most of all, a stunning story. You might not know it on the first play through, but your choices and actions greatly affect which of the three endings you get. I won't spoil more than that though, the rest is up to you. Choose from various weapons to fight hordes of enemies. However, you only have room for 5 weapons in the entire game, so choose wisely; I recommend you try all of them at least once. There are tons of items, enemies, and characters to interact with. Cave Story is a adventure and exploration type shooter and platformer in third person. Cave Story+ doesn't change this but adds an extra story, challenges, the ability to change the graphics (between the original and the new designs) and music (original, remastered, new). Cave Story+ has great music, beautiful graphics, is overall an excellent game. Gameplay is fun and easy, and to suit you better, you can change the difficulty.

So, tl;dr, Cave Story+ advances on the legend that was Cave Story and is well worth ~$10.00.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Everything about this game is perfect.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
its was cheap thats why i bought it.

internet connection down.....

i was going to check this game cause its doesn't require connection.
i loved it, I felt like i'm in 1992 sitting all night playing super nintendo platform game

connection back...
but its was too late, and now i'm Interact with the story and willing to play it to the end.


6.8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
It's a lovely game,easy controls and an amazing plotline ! Cannot fault this adorable game <3
100/100
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Great game, good platformer, nice story, plays amazingly. would recommend.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
A nice, original story with cute pixel graphics. The perfect indie game.

Good luck trying to get the best ending however!

10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
One of my favorite games of all times.

Any fan of Metroidvania games will feel right at home here. The game focuses more on the action and and the story than the exploration itself, which to me is a big plus when it comes to these kind of games. Great soundtrack, Very nice challenge, And great replayibility.

Any old school fan should get this!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
A lot of fun, but gets maddeningly difficult.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
The game I've loved since I was in my mid-teens...where do I begin?

A platformer originally made in 2004 by one Japanese man named Daisuke Amaya. He has made several other games in this retro style, but this is one of his largest, and obviously most successful, projects.

What I love: The retro theme, the silky-smooth gameplay, the music, the corny little story, the items, the endings, the characters, the secrets, and the fact that you can still pick up the original for free. Legally!

What I hate: I can't have sex with it ._.

If you like platformers, I would give the free version a look. And if you love that, then consider throwing some money at this version :) There's extra little game modes, and the graphics are given a facelift. Besides, Pixel-san needs more recognition! HYPE THE PIXEL!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Cave Story + is a really enjoyable game.

The gameplay is very smooth, the graphics are good for this type of game, the levels are fine too.
The history is interesting and funny, like the most characters in this game. Some cool bosses.
Your character gets new weapons that change the way you defeat your enemies, and the weapon upgrade system is something different from usual, because it can downgrade if you suffer an attack.

Well, this game deserves to be played. I loved it because I missed games like these. Reminds me of the 8/16 bit generation.

Oh yes, and the soundtrack is really good too. I love it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Cave Story+ at first turned me off because of the graphics, but I still decided to give it a shot and the gameplay and storyline took over and made the rest irrelevant. This is not a short game by any means, and it's a very fun game with a smooth and fluid action. The gameplay adds new powers and new guns are you progress through it. The bosses become harder and harder and by the end you are very satisfied. I loved the ending, but unfortunately, I did not get the good ending. I'm not playing through it a second time on the hardest difficulty and trying to get to the good ending.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Old but gold :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
it's so old, yet it's better than most of the indie trash out there
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
36.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
By far my all-time favourite game. Ever.

Playing as a mute boy (huehuehue), you forge great friendships, shoot stuff, and collect Doritos to level up.

With 2 additional soundtracks, remastered graphics, new difficulty settings, and an all-new gamemode, this is the ultimate can't-stop-playing retro-style game.


∞/10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
i thought i was gonna have fun in a cave, now my controllers broken 10/10 would break again
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14 of 29 people (48%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I am not criticizing the main game or the original developer Studio Pixel here. The gameplay and story, in both original and new versions, is actually top notch. My only issue with the core game is that acquiring the best ending can be somewhat cryptic.

I recommend Cave Story, but overall I do not recommend Nicalis' Cave Story+ unless you can get it very cheap. A huge reason for this non-recommendation being that the game has been out for 10 years on the internet for free.

Cave Story+ positives
  • Steamworks API is nice. Stats, playtime, etc displayed on your Steam profile. Good.
  • Achievements give the game more replayability if you're a completionist.
  • Infinitely superior options menu and controller support. Just launch the game from your Steam library, no dealing with files and language patches like the free version.
  • Optional double resolution graphics. Stays faithful to the originals and is eye-pleasing (There are even different graphics for Christmas and Halloween- nice touch).
  • Optional remade music from the WiiWare and 3DS versions of the game. I personally like the original chiptunes.

Cave Story+ negatives
  • Price tag. I actually got this game for free as a gift, so I don't mind. It's your choice whether you want to spend the money on a free game at its core.
  • Developer's promise of "Future content updates". To my knowledge, this game has only recieved one or two patches and was eventually ported to Linux. Seems dead for the last two years in terms of actual content.
  • Some extras advertised such as Boss Rush mode are actually near-exact duplicates (in code) from community mods for the original version. The developer's reliance on community toolsets and mods screams laziness and unprofessionalism.
  • New English translation can be seen as a downside to some players. Various phrases and names have been changed from the original fan translation.

Cave Story+ is a decent novelty for existing fans, and likely the most friendly way to introduce new players to the game. If you like the new graphics and music, Steam intergration with achievements, improved options and controller support, then feel free to give this a go (preferably in a sale or bundle). If none of that matters to you, just play the original free version and save your money.

Especially, DO NOT pick up this if you are expecting content updates, there are next to none (I've had Cave Story+ for about 3 years). If you are intending to buy this simply because of the extra modes or difficulties, the free version already has them in some form or another as mods. The free version also has a lot more community content and resources.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
It's a perfect game. I'm in love with it.
If you didn't buy it, go do it now.
It's worth it.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
the original INDIE game that started the genre, wonderful game
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
metroidvania at its finest
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
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