• Publisher: Nicalis
  • Release Date: Jun 20, 2017
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: Cave Story takes you into a rare world where a curious race of innocent, rabbit-like creatures called Mimiga run free. You wake up in a dark cave with no memory of who you are, where you came from or why you're in such a place. Uncovering Mimiga Village, you discover that the once-carefreeCave Story takes you into a rare world where a curious race of innocent, rabbit-like creatures called Mimiga run free. You wake up in a dark cave with no memory of who you are, where you came from or why you're in such a place. Uncovering Mimiga Village, you discover that the once-carefree Mimiga are in danger at the hands of a maniacal scientist. Their only hope rests squarely on the shoulders of a quiet, amnesiac boy who can't remember his own name. Take control, learn the origins of this world's power, stop the delusional villain and save the Mimiga. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jun 20, 2017
    92
    More than ten years after its first release, Cave Story+ still holds its ground as the apex of its genre. There is hardly anything left to be improved upon regarding its gameplay, visuals, or soundtrack - and this plus version is truly the definitive release of the game. You'd be doing yourself a disservice by not adding it to your library.
  2. Jun 21, 2017
    91
    It uses the upgraded visuals of previous ports, and does feature multiple soundtrack options, but outside of that it’s essentially Cave Story as you remember it. Of course that is still a positive thing, but as someone who has played through the game a few times, I’d only suggest it to fans if you’re either dying to play some more Cave Story, or looking to scratch a Metroidvania itch on the Nintendo Switch.
  3. Jun 9, 2017
    90
    Cave Story+ is an absolute blast of a game. It’s addicting, it’s entertaining, and the multiple endings will keep you playing time and time again. It’s one of the Switch’s best releases and one you shouldn’t miss out on.
  4. Jun 5, 2017
    90
    It's almost incredible how well Cave Story has managed to stand the test of time. It isn't a particularly old title, but its limited resources and one-man development team seem like a recipe for a dated entry. Instead, it manages to justify its existence in any given generation with each re-release. The Island has yet to lose its lustre, the characters their charm, and the level design that sweet balance of difficulty, which makes defeating a challenging boss or getting through a brutal platforming section all the more satisfying. Beneath the surface lies a poignant narrative about the consequences of war that takes itself surprisingly seriously without compromising the overall whimsical mood. Cave Story+ isn't just a good game in 2017; it's downright impressive.
  5. Jun 20, 2017
    90
    If you haven’t played Cave Story yet, you need to; it’s an essential title for any fan of Metroidvania style games. Its wonderful pacing, fantastic controls and charming visuals make it a must-have for fans of the genre, especially those that have yet to play it. If there was the equivalent of a required reading list for games, Cave Story+ would be on it.
  6. Sep 1, 2017
    90
    Cave Story+ may have already been around in other formats before but it's such a delightful game to play that it's still recommended to everyone, this time with the added bonus of including all the soundtracks of the game's previous versions. Its finely designed difficulty curve will set everyone on their course and the magnificent boss fights only make this even more of a timeless classic.
  7. 80
    Cave Story+ isn’t the definitive version of Cave Story—I think that crown still belongs to the WiiWare version, but then again, that version isn’t portable. I do miss the ability to switch graphical styles, but it’s really the only regrettable absentee. Having no Pro Controller support is more concerning, but I’m hoping that sees a patch fairly quickly. The bottom line, though, is Cave Story is great and you should play it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Feb 23, 2018
    10
    This game is fantastic. However, do not play it on hard mode. Ever. Music is fantastic, the game looks good, it plays well (and is very fun),This game is fantastic. However, do not play it on hard mode. Ever. Music is fantastic, the game looks good, it plays well (and is very fun), has the perfect difficulty, fantastic level design, and has multiple endings (get the normal ending before the best one). Only downside is the MASSIVE difficulty spike near the ending (if you want to get the best one), and the fact that the best ending is pretty much impossible to figure out on your own. Expand
  2. Feb 6, 2020
    10
    My favorite game of all time i fell in love with the gameplay story and the soundtrack everything about this game is well done and the factMy favorite game of all time i fell in love with the gameplay story and the soundtrack everything about this game is well done and the fact that this was made just by one person is absolutely fantastic Expand
  3. Jun 23, 2017
    10
    I adore Cave Story. This is my first time playing it, and I can say that this doesn't feel like the 13 year old game it is. It feels like aI adore Cave Story. This is my first time playing it, and I can say that this doesn't feel like the 13 year old game it is. It feels like a fresh, modern indie game that takes the best of games like Metroid and Master Blaster and blends them with gorgeous visuals, expert level design, and an amazing well-paced story to create a retro game experience unlike any other. Expand
  4. Jun 28, 2017
    9
    great game for the Switch. cool story, nice art style, good challenge, great music, etc. it's all there. Get the physical version though,great game for the Switch. cool story, nice art style, good challenge, great music, etc. it's all there. Get the physical version though, digital is just not worth 30 bucks for a game that you can play for free online. My only criticism is the how the game kinda "tricks" you to **** up one of the requirements for the best ending, but to be fair, I think it is recommended that you get the normal ending first.

    note - do not play endgame while tripping balls. you die a lot and you will get frustrated, which isn't recommended while tripping.
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  5. Mar 24, 2019
    8
    If there is ever a hall of fame for indie games, Cave Story will be in the inaugural class. It's still hard to believe this game was designed,If there is ever a hall of fame for indie games, Cave Story will be in the inaugural class. It's still hard to believe this game was designed, written, composed, programmed, and published by a single person. Pixel's labor of love is a wonderful and charming adventure with elements of Metroid, Mega Man, Kid Icarus, and Spelunky. It will stay with you long after you complete the relatively short but challenging campaign. Expand
  6. Jul 18, 2017
    8
    + Initially a very intriguing premise
    + Unique gun / battle system
    + Soundtrack + Super Metroid like cave system, but you'll never feel
    + Initially a very intriguing premise
    + Unique gun / battle system
    + Soundtrack
    + Super Metroid like cave system, but you'll never feel lost

    - The story doesn't fulfill earlier expectations
    - The spike in difficulty on the final boss is a little much
    - Jumping platforming at first is a little rough
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  7. Jun 20, 2019
    1
    Game sucks ass platforming in this game is just ridiculous and the fact that when you get hit by a enemy and you lose a level of the weaponGame sucks ass platforming in this game is just ridiculous and the fact that when you get hit by a enemy and you lose a level of the weapon sucks the soundtrack is good but the game is not this makes cave story one of the worst games i've ever played Expand

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