Cave Story (Windows)

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Cave Story is a metroidvania platformer with the amnesiac soldier Quote finding a city of rabbits called Mimigas. The Mimigas are preyed on by an evil doctor, who kidnaps them for his evil experiments. They 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.

The game closely resembles a NES platformer with a distinct 8-bit style and fast gameplay. The main character collects weapons (blade, bubbler, fireball, machine gun, nemesis, (super) missile launcher, polar star, snake, and spur) that can be leveled up three times. There are also health capsules to increase his life bar. There is a variety of jumping puzzles and boss battles to challenge players as they explore the game.

The DSiWare version of the game is fairly close to the original and does not contain most of the changes introduced in the earlier WiiWare release. It however contains the Sanctuary Time Attack mode, seasonal costumes for Christmas and Halloween, and a jukebox where all tracks of the game's soundtrack can be gradually unlocked.


Cave Story Windows A cutscene
Cave Story Windows Missile Attack
Cave Story Windows The MG can be used to "fly".
Cave Story Windows Underwater combat

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 (280) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
o.O... Wow... Pixelspeech (955) 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

Critic Reviews

Abandonia Reloaded Apr 24, 2005 5 out of 5 100
The Freehare 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 Sep, 2007 10 out of 10 100 Jan 18, 2009 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Gamer Limit Jul 17, 2009 10 out of 10 100
Softonic Mar 31, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Plné Hry Nov 23, 2006 90 out of 100 90 Feb 28, 2007 9 out of 10 90 Sep 20, 2005 89 out of 100 89
Indius Jun 07, 2012 16 out of 20 80


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1001 Video Games

Cave Story appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


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 (5226) added Cave Story (Windows) on Feb 07, 2005
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