Posted: November 26, 2013
About a year ago, I actually recommended Cave Story+ to my friends. It was probably the longest recommendation I ever made. What I basically said was that it was the best version of Cave Story that you can get, with everything being perfect aside from one issue, which I will get to later. The reason why I've deleted the recommendation and made a new review is because I really don't think I did the game justice. I would go as far as to say that Cave Story is in my top 3 favourite games of all time, and considering my other two favourite games are exclusive to consoles, and that I believe this is the best version of Cave Story there is, I might go as far as to say this is my favourite Steam game of all time.
If you want an explanation of what Cave Story is, I’ll tell you as much as I can without either spoiling your or me getting bored. You begin playing as a mute… “boy” that is suffering from amnesia, and just woken up in a cave. From there, you find a variety of different characters, amongst them is a race of rabbit-puppy creatures called Mimiga’s. They are suffering because there is a man known as “the doctor” who has come to their Mimiga Village to kidnap them individually. I won’t go into any more detail because, as the title implies, the “Story” in Cave Story, and finding out who this “Mysterious amnesia boy” actually is, is a huge strongpoint of the game.
This game isn’t just full with amazing storytelling either, the gameplay is amazingly fun too. It’s a Metroidvania that doesn’t focus on backtracking… most of the time (IM LOOKING AT YOU, GRASSTOWN!). Your main weapons are the guns you find along your journey, and how they work is actually really interesting and fun. The way that I would explain it is that it’s kinda like an RPG, as your guns can gain experience to make them more powerful. This may sound broken, but your guns can’t actually go any higher then level 3, and if you get hit while your gun has high experience, you will actually start to lose some of those points. It may sound annoying and tedious, but it’s actually extremely fun, and it’s a great punishment for getting hit a couple of times.
Now that we got how everything in Cave Story works, I want to go into comparing Cave Story+ to the original Cave Story. Most of Cave Story’s fame not only comes from that it’s an amazing game, but the whole of the original was made by one person, and he actually released the game for FREE (This may not sound like much now, but remember this game originally came out in 2004). Now you may be thinking “But if the original version is free, why should I bother with this one?” That’s an easy answer, BECAUSE IT’S BETTER IN EVERY WAY. The original game was very 8-bit inspired, something that’s usually looked down on indie developers nowadays, but back then people would say that it’s a great call-back to old NES games. Cave Story+ turns the original 8-bit game into more of a 16-bit feel, and it actually makes the game better for it. Of course, you can change the options so that it’s like the original, but the new version is so much better. That’s not the only thing they added either, there are new gameplay modes that add new levels that you can play, or a boss rush mode, and many, many more.
The only complaint I have for this game is its controls. Believe it or not, even though the game originally came out for PC, the CONSOLE CONTROLS are actually better! If you don’t like using the arrow keys to move, or pressing “up” to jump (which sickens me to think about), you’ll have to change the controls for a bit so that they match up with how you play.
So please, PLEASE buy Cave Story+. If you’re really not sure, you can download the free version on the Cave Story website (you will have to add the English attachment to play it in English though), but buying the one on steam is so much better. I’ve spent way too long making this review, but trust me, it’s worth it. This game is amazing.
(Also excuse me for my horrible grammar in this review)