Cave Story Free Platform Game for the PC

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Cave Story is a freeware platform game that was released for the PC in 2004 and was developed by Japanese game developer Daisuke Amaya. The game features all the hallmarks of a traditional platform game with 2D graphics and was inspired by the classic platformer Metroid. The story revolves around a character who mysteriously awakens inside a cave with no memory or recollection of how he got there. It turns out that the cave is actually the interior of a large floating island that is populated by rabbit-like creatures. The cave also hides a very powerful and magical artifact known as the Demon Crown that is being sought by an army of robots. It is up to the players to guide the protagonist through the various levels of the cave fighting back the robots in order to obtain the artifact.

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Cave Story Game Play and Features

Cave Story is a side-scrolling platform game that can be played with either the keyboard or a gamepad. Players will solve puzzles and fight enemies on each map while trying to collect weapons and items to help him along the way. The overall gameplay has been described as a combination of various classic Nintendo Entertainment System games from the 1980s such as Castlevania, Metroid, Blaster Master, Monster Mash and more. There are ten different weapons each of which can be upgraded from level 1 to level 3 by collecting special power-ups found after defeating enemies. Cave Story also includes some RPG elements with more than three dozen different items that can be found and stored in the player's inventory for later use.

Players won't get tired of fighting the same monsters over and over again simply because there are so many different monsters in Cave Story, more than 50 in all, that there always seems as though there's something new to face. Like many other platform games, Cave Story wouldn't be complete without the boss fights that take place at the end of each level, there are more than 20 different bosses each poses a unique set of challenges that the player must overcome in order to defeat.

Development and Reception

Cave Story was released in 2004 after more than five years in development by Daisuke Amaya who designed and coded the game alone. Cave Story has long been considered a gold standard in terms of homebrew/indie video game development and is also one of the top platform games available for the PC. The scope and detail of the game are simply amazing even more so that it was developed by a single person. Due to the overwhelming success of the game, it has since been ported to Nintendo Wii, DSi and 3DS, OS X, and Linux. In 2011 an enhanced version of the game was released to Steam titled Cave Story+, this version is a commercial version but it is such an incredible game and is worth every penny. That being said, it's always best to try out the freeware version which is just as fun and addicting.

In addition to Cave Story+, Cave Story 3D was also released in 2011 which was built with fully 3D character models and features a dynamic camera, new level, and soundtrack. Since the release, Daisuke has developed a number of other platforms, retro-style games through his company Studio Pixel.


Cave Story has remained free to play and download on the PC since its release, it can be downloaded from a number of third party websites but is best to get from which is a site that hosts Cave Story and other Studio Pixel games.

More Freeware Platform Games

If you've already played Cave Story or are simply looking for another platform game to play be sure to check out some of the other great platform games profiles here. Spelunky is another "cave based" platform that has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. You Have to Win the Game, is another fast-paced retro style platform game that can be played in either 16 color EGA or 4 color CGA graphics.