Run, jump, shoot, fly and explore your way through a massive action-adventure reminiscent of classic 8- and 16-bit games.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,639 reviews) - 96% of the 3,639 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 22, 2011

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Reviews

“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 – Destructoid.com

“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 – 1UP.com

“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
Helpful customer reviews
360 of 405 people (89%) found this review helpful
160 people found this review funny
1.1 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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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
When it comes to a straight honest opinion of Cave Story, I would consider this game the pinnacle of indie games; everything that makes them fantastic and sticks out from the crowd. I go as far to say how easily they can surpass major blockbuster games both in sales, ratings and of course, the fans that cherish it so.

I will not spoil much about this game, other than the fact it plays out as a retro sidescrolling, platform-adventure game; very reminiscent of the early-mid 90's and the plethora of game titles of that time, such as Mega Man and Super Metroid for the SNES. To top this all off the graphics, programming, story and overall direction was made by one man.

To the newcomers of Cave Story, take my advice and play this game slowly at a steady pace and try not to ask for any outside help, as you may experience the intriguing creativity of this game for yourself and the other first timers who have stumbled upon this game for the first time also. I've only played a couple of hours of this, and countless hours on the freeware version so trust me when I say this wonderful indie, platform-adventure game is far beyond perfection.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
Cave Story is one of the best (Single Player) games I ever played. I brought it for the Wii years back, and really enjoyed it. I got the freeware version on my PC, beat it again, and enjoyed that too. I even played it on my Android device and enjoyed beating it there as well. When I seen Cave Story+ on the market on Steam, I felt like I HAD to add it to my Steam collection by buying it, because, anyone whos finished this game and enjoyed it, can definitely say it deserves a buy. Multiple endings and a fair yet challenging general difficulty is more to ask for in a 2d shooter platformer, it even has extra content and loads of achievements.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
+ Awesome graphics in "original" mode; the "remastered" are mediocre
+ Awesome soundtrack with style options: "original", "new", "remastered"
+ Solid HP/XP system
+ Collectible upgrades
+ Immersive characters/dialogue, boss fights, and just about everything else desirable in an action platformer
- Static keybinds (arrows + ZX)
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
Jesus, what can I say about cave story.

It is a one man powerhouse. ONE MAN in japan made this game in its original form, over the course of five years or so. Music, graphics, story, The one man army known as Studio Pixle made this masterpiece. every aspect in this game, as far as I am concerned, is wonderful, nostalgic, and oh so new despite it looks like a dusty NES cartridge you may find at the pawn shop.

I am still blown away. The story is amazing, very dark and misleading since all of the cute characters can and will die in horrible ways if you take a wrong turn, and you will usually be the one bregrudginly pulling the trigger. If you are part of the NES generation like me, you will feel so at home in cave story, you may just never stop playing.

(Interesting fact, the guy who remade the soundtrack for the Nippon Ichi Remake of Cave story 3D on Nintendo 3DS, Daniel Baranowski, was a guy I went to school with from elementary through high school in Arizona. You may know him from his past and recent projects of making the soundtrack for Crypt of the necro dancer, and super meat boy. Just an inside word, the guy is a total tool, and it pains me to know he was chosen by Nipon Ichi to touch this masterpiece and remake the soudtrack for 3DS. BOOOOOO!)
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