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Cave Story (Windows)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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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 The MG can be used to "fly".
Cave Story Windows Some enemies work as a team.
Cave Story Windows Underwater combat
Cave Story Windows The first level

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. krisko6 (254) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
o.O... Wow... Pixelspeech (951) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
PC users finally got their own Metroid optrirominiluikus (112) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Cave Story--a DOUBLE WAMMY that made it OUT OF THE BALLPARK!!! jfritzyb (10) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says Jan 18, 2009 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100 Sep, 2007 10 out of 10 100
Gamer Limit Jul 17, 2009 10 out of 10 100
Abandonia Reloaded Apr 24, 2005 5 out of 5 100
The Freehare 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Bright Hub May 07, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 Feb 28, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Softonic Mar 31, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Indius Jun 07, 2012 16 out of 20 80
Clubic Aug 18, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


Topic # Posts Last Post
RPG elements? 3 vedder (20102)
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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Terrence Bosky (5237) added Cave Story (Windows) on Feb 07, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Jarel Jones (18), Iggi (4315), Scaryfun (11495) and Ben K (22952)