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Review: Cave Story
At a Glance
|This game is recommended!
This game is not just good fun, it also stays fairly true to Christian moral values, making it a great addition to anyone's library!
|ESRB Rating:||E10 - Everyone (Ages 10 and up)|
|My Rating:||Ages 6 and up|
|Review Published On:||December 12th, 2017|
|Played on:||Martha & Thaddeus|
The plot of this game is focused around a war that pits the timid Mimigas against a mad scientist and his magical henchmen. Thus, characters die, there's a moderate amount of violence, and a lot of evil magic.
The game begins with a little robot waking up in a damp cavern. As you start exploring, you'll find that you're on some sort of flying island, and there are a multitude of people living here. Most of them are a peaceful race of bunny people known as Mimigas, but there are also a few humans and some other robots wandering around. Unfortunately, there was also a massive war between the island and the surface world in the not too distant past, and robots like you did a lot of the fighting. Worse still, a man known only as the Doctor has started collecting the Mimiga for an unknown evil purpose. Thus, like most games, it's up to you and your small band of friends to stand up to this menace and save both the island and the world below.
But this game wouldn't be nearly so popular if that was all there was. The entire journey involves searching the island for new equipment and abilities, as well as several missions where our red capped hero attempts to disrupt the Doctor's evil plans. Also, since this is a Metroidvania, your ability to explore the island will be limited until you complete various tasks that open new roads. Some backtracking will be needed, but for better or worse, things are often different than you left them.
Now, there are two versions of Cave Story. The original version of the game is available as freeware. This has been translated by the game's devoted fanbase into various languages, and it comes with a few extra tools to make your experience a little nicer. In 2011, an enhanced remake was created as a commercial product, known as Cave Story+ . This version features more detailed sprites, better sound quality, and a few bonus modes to keep a good fan busy. With the exception of these extra modes, the enhanced version is otherwise the same game.
Regardless of whether or not you want to try the enhanced version, if you're a fan of Platformers or Metroidvanias, then you really need to try this classic game for yourself and see why it's captured the hearts of gamers for so long.
Points of Interest
Cave Story+ also features a host of Steam achievements that will take several playthroughs to successfully earn.
Concerns and Issues
You can prevent a few of these deaths, but the majority of them are unavoidable, and several are rather tragic.
The other easter egg worth mentioning is an item found in a hidden chest. This is a pair of panties that belong to Curly Brace, Quote's female robot counterpart. Finding this "treasure" earns you an achievement and a new game mode that allows you to play through the game as Curly.
Another aspect of the game's story that can be troubling are the magical red flowers. These only effect the peaceful mimiga: if eaten, the flowers will transform the cute bunny person into a monster filled with blind rage. Later on, the Doctor creates a purified version of the red flower, and uses it on himself and others in a bid for greater power. It... doesn't go quite as planned.
The darkest part of the game is actually hidden from the player unless certain criteria are met. In the background of the game's story is an evil god that was trapped in the heart of the island. His hatred has slowly been rising up through the rocky caverns, emerging as red spikes and those red flowers. This is why the spikes are instantly lethal and the flowers have such a horrific effect when consumed. To truly save the day, Quote and Curly must fight and kill this "god".