What is Cave Story?
Cave Story, or Doukutsu Monogatari, is a Japanese freeware PC side-scrolling platformer game developed by Studio Pixel . It has been translated into English by Aeon Genesis Translations and has an official translation for commercial releases such as Cave Story+.
Cave Story is really one of those games that can be considered a masterpiece of game design. There are so many wonderful and classic gaming elements, that I cannot even begin to describe just one quality well enough to say "It is for this one reason alone that Cave Story is a great game." There is just so much effort, originality and ingenuity behind this game and it really shows more and more as you play through it.
The developer, Pixel spent five years making this game as fun and as great as it is by adding solid controls, smooth gameplay, a great cast of characters and dialogue, an interesting plot, good music and beautiful old-school 2-D artwork. And on top of all this added multiple endings, several boss battles, tons of items to collect, all kinds of added secret bonuses and special challenges, various and considerably different methods of playing through the game depending on your actions, competition ranking features and an extremely high replay value. For a freeware game it is fairly lengthy too. Cave Story is by far the best freeware game I have ever had the honour of playing through and certainly one of the best games I've played.
The gameplay plays like a combination of various NES/Famicom games. Some that come to mind are Metroid, Castlevania, Megaman, Blaster Master and Monster Mash. Pixel's art style and character design and boss battles are very reminiscent of Treasure games, like Gunstar Heroes, which happens to be one of my personal favourite games of all time. So if you are a fan of any of these titles, then you are in for a real treat. It was a wonderful and addicting experience playing through it and I hope anyone reading this who has not already played this game will give it a shot. You won't be disappointed. It reminded me of why I enjoy playing videogames.
SPECIAL THANKS FROM CAVESTORY.ORG (all platforms):
Aeon Genesis Translation Staff
For translating this game into English for International fans to play!
For the WiiWare port of Cave Story.
For making it possible to even continue development of the site and being extremely supportive even during hard times.
S. P. Gardebiter (ShInInG PhAnToM)
For being an immense help with the upkeep, moderation and administration of the Cave Story Tribute Site Community Forums!
For adding an incredible amount of detailed information regarding the weapon stats, upgrades, experience, damage values and a great deal of graphical content to the site. A great deal of effort was put forward in creating this new content, so thank you very much for doing all of that!
For giving me permission to host a well written Cave Story review on the site.
For pointing out that the squid that appears after the battle with ironhead (depending on condition of defeat) is supposed to be Ika-chan from the game Ika-chan, also developed by Pixel.
For all of his work towards the original tribute site.
For helping me correct several inconsistancies on the site and for giving me permission to link to the MAC converted version of Doukutsu Monogatari..
For fully translating the OrgMaker music program into English for Cave Story fans to enjoy!
For his awesome save game manager.
For releasing a version of the English patch so that MAC users can now enjoy playing through Cave Story in English and maintaining regular updates to it.
For creating the wonderful Cave Story Deluxe package that contains pretty much everything a Cave Story fan would want all in one bundle!
For helping provide easy to find Cave Story link information/news that greatly assisted me with a long awaited update to the site!
For helping spot some broken links and grammatical errors on the site.
For indicating who the "Unknown Man" on the character page was intended to be.
For pointing out that the skull sprite in the unused monster section belongs to Ballos' second form.
Roonil Wazlib and Schokobecher
For submitting screenshots during the site redesign.
AtrusRand, Sonicadvance1, Pigtilly2000, F, Virus610, and Schokobecher
For hosting the Deluxe Package over the years. Especially when this site had alot less bandwidth than it does now.
For ALL of the informaton on the Ikachan page.
For all of the info on the Glasses (Megane) page.
For sending info on adding speed run information to the Speed Run section of the site.
For the Cave Story Screensaver XP to Vista conversion guide and for testing my site for problems.
For hosting the Deluxe Package for as long as he did.
For kicking me into gear on replacing the flash elements on the site.
For repeatedly helping out with the website.
Eltons Kūns and Michał Skrzyński
For pointing out a number of grammatical issues with the site.
And to everyone else who has contributed in helping me proofread and correct errors on the site and to those who are thinking about submitting new content, suggestions or ideas.
If I forgot someone then don't hesitate to tell me.
David “Radman” Hendricks
Donald “kodykoala” Kennedy
José Alfredo Mozqueda Moreno
Luiz Carlos Teixeira
Sarah and Toshi
yo perez guevara
S. P. Gardebiter
Rebekah Moss / Lillian Poolan
S. P. Gardebiter
Wedge of Cheeze
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