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Cave Story is a jumping-and-shooting action game.
Explore the caves until you reach the ending.
You can also save your game and continue from where you left off.
— Author's description of the game
"This description is so humble that it borders on parody. Play now, laugh later."You wake up in a cave. You shoot your way out of the cave, so you can get to a village in another cave. Then you have to go to a different cave, followed by...Well, it's aptly named.Cave Story is a freeware Metroidvania game by Daisuke Amaya, aka Studio Pixel. The game thrusts you into the action with no explanations, forcing you to figure out the plot by yourself as you go. There are robot soldiers, bunny people called Mimigas, and a Mad Scientist with a magic helmet and a Morally Ambiguous Doctorate trying to Take Over the World.This game was created entirely by one man in his spare time. Daisuke Amaya wrote the scenario, drew the artwork and scenery, animated the sprites, designed all of the levels, composed all of the music, and programmed the entire game engine, all by himself over the course of five years.Its breeding ground on the English-speaking Internet is here. There have been many ports. There's a Mac OS X port available here, and a Linux port available here. A port to the original Xbox also exists, as well as a PSP port, here (requires custom firmware).It's on the Wii and DSI Ware with some extra features. There's a commercial version, Cave Story+, available in the Apple Mac Store, on Steam (for Windows and Macintosh), on Desura (for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux), and (formerly) as part of Humble Indie Bundle 4 and 7; it has the Wii/DSI Ware features plus an extra level. Cave Story 3D is a remake for the 3DS with new content. Another port was confirmed for the 3DS eShop, which features 3D sprites and Cave Story+ extras, minus the HD graphics and sound. It was released on October 4, 2012.Pixel has confirmed that a sequel is very, very likely.
— Studio Pixel Fan Page, on the above quote.
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