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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 Some enemies work as a team.
Cave Story Windows The sword has a low shooting frequency but is very powerful.
Cave Story Windows Your girl companion is part of the gameplay and if you save her, there will be an alternative ending.
Cave Story Windows The first level

Promo Images

Cave Story Screenshot
Cave Story Screenshot
Cave Story Screenshot
Cave Story Screenshot

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 (829) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
o.O... Wow... Asinine (1006) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
PC users finally got their own Metroid optrirominiluikus (118) 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

Gamer Limit Jul 17, 2009 10 out of 10 100
Pixel-Heroes.de Sep, 2007 10 out of 10 100
GameHippo.com Jan 18, 2009 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Bright Hub May 07, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 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
GameAlmighty.com Feb 28, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Freegame.cz Sep 20, 2005 89 out of 100 89
Clubic Aug 18, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Indius Jun 07, 2012 16 out of 20 80


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RPG elements? 3 vedder (60492)
Oct 14, 2008


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 (5458) added Cave Story (Windows) on Feb 07, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (816827), Iggi (31020), Scaryfun (17975) and Ben K (23888)
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