• 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: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. 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
  2. Jun 4, 2022
    10
    This game is the very first Indie game I've played. I wish I played it back in 2004 when I was 11 years old but I played it 5 years later. ItThis game is the very first Indie game I've played. I wish I played it back in 2004 when I was 11 years old but I played it 5 years later. It felt so nostalgic due to the music and the gameplay is very good. It was one of those times where I felt like I was a kid in elementary school again racing home to watch tv or play that very addicting video game. I like how the story is alittle dark. However some of the sad moments I didn't like so I felt more of the need to finish it. I love how even though the game is a metroidvania, it's more linear than the usual ones. I also like how the level up system works. It rewards you for being good at the game. With the controls, I honestly felt like it could've been a gameboy advance game. The game has gone through many versions and the best new thing about this version is that you can change the music to metal versions. 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
    I'm a huge fan of Metroid 2D series. So, obviously, I love Cave Story a lot. I did play this game first time for DSiWare and again for 3DS. II'm a huge fan of Metroid 2D series. So, obviously, I love Cave Story a lot. I did play this game first time for DSiWare and again for 3DS. I still find the game very enjoyable. CV+ looks stunningly gorgeous on Nintendo Switch's screen. The game box comes with a miniCD music + a manual. I think Nicalis did a good job with the packaging. The art for the cover is awesome. The manual looks beautiful. The miniCD is a nice addition to the whole package. Of course, you can buy this game at a much cheaper price at Steam. But the nice box makes it well worth the $30 price tag *it is $40 for us here in Canada*.

    I should point out that the whole original game was made by a single man

    A must have for Cave Story original and Metroidvania fans.
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  5. Sep 13, 2019
    8
    Great indie game! The music, story and retro graphics are pretty good. The "only" problem for me is that it was a little bit short, but anywayGreat indie game! The music, story and retro graphics are pretty good. The "only" problem for me is that it was a little bit short, but anyway if you have the opportunity to play it, you should! Expand
  6. Nov 16, 2017
    8
    Buen juego, entretenido con buena música, recomendado 100% dado el precio que tiene (en especial si no lo has jugado en ninguna otraBuen juego, entretenido con buena música, recomendado 100% dado el precio que tiene (en especial si no lo has jugado en ninguna otra plataforma), además de que viene con un bonito manual y un CD con su música. Expand
  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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