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Cave Story

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Cave Story begins with an amnesiac soldier finding a city of rabbits (called Mimigas). The Mimigas are preyed on by an evil doctor, who kidnaps them for his evil experiments. The Mimigas still remember Arthur, a hero from their past and others are awaiting for the return of Dragons. The soldier soon falls in with Sue, a stranger to the Mimigas, but the only one who seems to know about the Dragon Eggs. Unfortunately the doctor wants her next.

Cave Story closely resembles a NES platformer with a distinct 8-bit style and fast gameplay. The main character collects weapons, which level up, and also finds health capsules to increase his life bar. There are a variety of jumping puzzles and boss battles to challenge players as they explore this surprisingly large game.

Rather than a straight port, the Wii version was drastically updated with enhanced and re-drawn graphics, updated character designs, and a new English localization. It also includes a host of additional game modes such as Boss Attack to take on every boss in the game, Sanctuary Time Attack to complete a difficult maze as quickly as possible, and Curly Story where the main character is replaced by the female character Curly. The game also runs in widescreen.


Cave Story Windows Another boss-fight
Cave Story Windows The Egg Corridor – one of the first imaginative locations in the game.
Cave Story Macintosh Beautiful attention to incidental detail, like the sprinkler in the garden.
Cave Story Macintosh Breathing underwater.

Alternate Titles

  • "Tale of the Cave " -- Alternate translation
  • "Doukutsu Monogatari " -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

The best 2d platform game on the PC, bar none. Windows krisko6 (254)
o.O... Wow... Windows Pixelspeech (953)
PC users finally got their own Metroid Windows optrirominiluikus (112)
Cave Story--a DOUBLE WAMMY that made it OUT OF THE BALLPARK!!! Windows jfritzyb (10)

The Press Says

GamingTrend Wii 2010 95 out of 100 95
Official Nintendo Magazine Wii Dec 10, 2010 91 out of 100 91 (UK) Wii Apr 08, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Softonic Windows Mar 31, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Wii Dec 21, 2011 9 out of 10 90
N-Europe Wii Jan 01, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Wii Mar 25, 2010 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90 Macintosh Sep, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Wii Mar 23, 2010 8.75 out of 10 88
IGN Wii Mar 19, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85


Topic # Posts Last Post
RPG elements? 3 vedder (20103)
Oct 14, 2008



In many ways the game has set a trend in quality for indie platformers. This has also led to it being brought up in discussions about originality in the indie games community. New games, even often of a completely different genre, are often described as Cave Story rip-offs, but mostly not seriously and rather as a running gag.

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