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41 Great Games Like Cave Story

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Cave Story and have found the following:

Cave Story is a running and jumping game styled after classic Metroid and Castlevania games of the 1980's. Unusually, it was initially overlooked until it gained popularity on the internet and then received widespread critical acclaim. The simplicity, poignant story and fast action combine to make this one of the classic indie games of its era.

Unfortunately, Cave Story is not available on Android, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/12/2004, updated in 2018

Price: 50% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Mac, PC, Switch and Wii

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Studio Pixel JP (@StudioPixelJP)

Players: 1

Costs: Purchase cost

26 Hand Picked Video Games Like Cave Story

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Cave Story. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Cave Story, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB EVERYONE 10+ games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/03/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Moon Game Studios (@MoonGameStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps place you in control of a diminutive elfish spirit called Ori. You run, jump and solve platforming challenges to progress through the world. As you do new powers are unlocked that allow you...

Celeste

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Exok Games (@Exok_Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is a platform game that requires players to use jumping and climbing moves to ascend an increasingly challenging two-dimensional mountain. You play Madeline, who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, haunted by self-doubt at the task in hand. She presses on...

Aurascope

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Aurascope Game (@AurascopeGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Aurascope is a retro running and jumping game that combines elements from other genres. The platform action is central but you also have a lot of collecting and exploration to do. As much as the gameplay, the game stands out for its fast skill-based...

Skul: The Hero Slayer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/02/2020

Price: 35% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Southpaw Games (@Southpaw_Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

Skul: The Hero Slayer is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play a lone skeleton in a fight against the overpowered human heroes with his unique ability to swap his head, Worzel-Gummidge-style. Each of the heads grants different powers and...

Spelunky 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/09/2020

Price: 40% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Moss Mouth (@MossMouth)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Spelunky 2 is, like the classic Spelunky, a running and jumping game where you exploring mysterious caves on the moon looking for your missing parents. On your journey, you will find unique environments, treasure, and people to join you as you delve...

Sir Lovelot

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 03/03/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Pixel Games (@PixelGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sir Lovelot is a running and jumping game where you play as a knight and travel room to room through a pixel fantasy world. You climb and swing, and jump across platforms, defeating monsters and saving princesses. Along with the retro visuals, Sir...

Cyber Shadow

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Meka Skull (@MekaSkull)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cyber Shadow is a retro running and jumping game where you defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. It combines classic 90's platforming games with modern controls and checkpoints that make it more enjoyable and approachable. Dodge and attack midair to...

Lunark

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Canari Games (@CanariGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lunark is a platform game with simple pixelated graphics that tell a cinematic story. It's similar to games like Flashback that were popular in the 80s and 90s. You run, jump, hang, climb, roll, and shoot your way through mysterious alien ruins, a...

Donkey Kong

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1981, updated in 2015

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: This is a single-player game

Donkey Kong is a series of running and jumping games where you play Mario, who navigates a single screen to rescue the princess. It was the start of the platform game genre and although is now dated, can still be played on a wide range of systems.

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/10/2012, updated in 2019

Price: 70% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Black Forest Team (@BlackForestTeam)

Players: This is a single-player game

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a running and jumping game where you can switch between two forms, and with that, two versions of the world. Each form has different platforming abilities so you need to juggle the two to complete levels and find every...

Hot Swap

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 10/11/2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Jo Gribbin (@JoGribbin)

Players: This is a single-player game

Hop Swap is a platform game where you can flip gravity and jump through the ground. The sky becomes the ground and the ground becomes the sky. This simple premise is used to create a complex and weaving adventure where you journey through two worlds at...

Mutant Mudds

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 26/01/2012, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: Atooi LLC (@AtooiLLC)

Players: This is a single-player game

Mutant Mudds is a retro platform video game. It's unusual because it is unforgiving and hard to play so presents a substantial challenge. Also, playing to the 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS console, the game allows you to jump into the background of the...

Sigi

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 07/09/2018

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Pixel Games (@PixelGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sigi is a retro-styled running, jumping and attacking game. You are on a Knight’s quest to locate Melusina, his true love that he inadvertently scared away with a bout of bad gas. Like games from the 80s you have to work through levels to find keys,...

Tres-Bashers

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/10/2021

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Ondy Dev (@OndyDev)

Players: This is a single-player game

Tres-Bashers is a running jumping and ghost-batting game. You play a ghost busting mouse on a mission to find and dispatch ghouls. The retro visuals are designed to look like a Game Boy game and adds to the nostalgic action.

YesterMorrow

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/11/2020

Price: 40% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Bitmap Galaxy (@BitmapGalaxy)

Players: This is a single-player game

YesterMorrow is running, jumping, climbing and collecting game where you play Yui, whose world has been destroyed and family kidnapped. To save them you journey through the four islands, forest, desert, ice, and clockwork, to collect "everlight" and...

Greak: Memories of Azur

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/08/2021

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 34 features

Developer: Navegante Games (@NaveganteGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Greak: Memories of Azur is running, jumping and sword fighting game. You play in a hand-animated world as three siblings: Greak, Adara and Raydel who travel through the lands of Azur. It's unusual because you switch control between each of them to use...

Help! I'm Haunted

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 02/11/2018

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Sky Pirate Radio (@SkyPirateRadio)

Players: This is a single-player game

It's Help! I'm Haunted is a retro running, jumping and shooting game where you work through levels of ghosts to rescue residents. You play freelance exorcist Harry B. Spooked against the swarm of sinister spooks infesting Neotransylvania.

Megabyte Punch

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/08/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Reptile Games (@ReptileGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Megabyte Punch is run, jump and fight game where you play a customisable robot. Along with the retro visuals, as you defeat enemy robots you collect their special parts to make yourself the ultimate fighter. At the end you can then battle your robot in...

Tallowmere (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 03/03/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Chris NZL (@ChrisNZL)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Tallowmere is a series of running, jumping and fighting games. You aim to get a high score as you journey through a vast, randomly generated 2D retro-style dungeon, dodging traps and killing enemies in gory and unusual ways. Its unique combination of...

The Messenger

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/08/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Sabotage Qc (@SabotageQc)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Messenger is a platform game where you play as a young ninja after his village is attacked by a demon army. You must deliver a scroll, fighting enemies and pulling off complex acrobatic manoeuvres along the way. The game is inspired by the classic...

Toki Tori (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/09/2001, updated in 2018

Price: 79% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Two Tribes Games (@TwoTribesGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Toki Tori is a puzzle game where you traverse 2D levels and use limited resources to rescue all the eggs. Similarly to the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games, you can build bridges over gaps. Here though, you can also unlock...

Kero Blaster

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/05/2014, updated in 2018

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: Studio Pixel JP (@StudioPixelJP)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kero Blaster is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play a frog working for Cat & Frog, a teleporter company. Starting with an underpowered gun, you clean the teleporters of strange black monsters.

Animal Well

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Platform, Puzzle and Traversal

Developer: Animal Well (@Animal_Well)

Players: This is a single-player game

Animal Well is a platform puzzle game where you explore a dense, interconnected labyrinth. Play involves collecting items that let you manipulate the world in unexpected ways. It's a layered experience that works as a platform game but also hides...

Eagle Island

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 18/07/2019, updated in 2021

Price: 33% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Screenwave Media (@ScreenwaveMedia)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is a running and jumping adventure where you play Quill and his owl companion Koji as they uncover the secrets of Eagle Island. You work your way through levels using falconry-inspired attacks to take down enemies.

Flinthook

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/04/2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Tribute Games (@TributeGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Flinthook is running, swinging and shooting game where you get around using a grappling hook. It stands out for its focus on movement flow. As you learn how to move around quickly, you progress through a series of three ship-based levels to find and...

Slice (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/02/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Diesel Laws (@DieselLaws)

Players: This is a single-player game

Slice is a jumping and collecting game where you free an enslaved world by slicing open cursed urns and freeing souls over 25 levels. Free all the souls to open the portal to the next level, but if you touch the spikes you die. It's a game with unusual...

16 Video Games Like Cave Story Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Cave Story. This includes games from the Puzzle, Action, Platform and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

Cave Story is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Cave Story in the following lists:

Reimagined Retro Classics

Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.

The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.
 

Mechanical Challenge

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satisfying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combination of angles and trajectories in Videoball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your opponents.
 

Great Single Developer Games

Video games are complicated. The era of a lone developer making a hit game in their bedrooms is long gone. Or is it? We have found a swath of amazing games that have been driven into existence by just one person.

These games often stand out because of their singular vision and focused scope. Although, as the discussion surrounding this list has uncovered, almost all games have some contribution from other people. Coding, designing, creating art, writing music, recording dialogue.

Still, these are games where there has been a single driving force (auteur) willing their creation into existence. This list aims to highlight these games not to hold up the ideal of solo development (which can lead to unhealthy work-life balance) but to uncover this deep pool of fascinating games with a singular vision.

As Lewis Procter tweeted, it's exciting to realise that "you can make a game without needing permission or support from a big company, and many great tools are readily available." But, as he continued, in reality "games are almost always at some level a collaborative effort."

The games we are including here are those that were created by a single person. Sometimes this is in a final form, sometimes a single developers vision was released and has subsequent versions that expands this with more people. This is our thank-you to all these tireless individuals who have created something singular and pure that we now enjoy.
 

Fidget Toys

Fidget spinners burst into the hands of children a number of years ago. While that initial trend subsided, the interest and enjoyment of tactile objects to fiddle with are very much with us.

Fidget toys are like the yo-yo or Rubik's cube but without the focus on skill. The enjoyment comes from doing something that isn't learning or achieving anything. It's no surprise that there are a number of video games that have picked up on this style of play.

Some games, like The Longing, Animal Crossing and Adopt Me, simple slow down the need to progress, so all you do is check-in, fiddle around with the game world and then leave. Then there are other games, like Townscaper and Pok Pok Playroom, that let you craft your own structures but with none of the usual video game emphasis on score and winning. Other games, like Everything and Proteus, offer a huge world to poke and prod without getting embroiled with progression.

Even games that do offer a strong sense of story and development often include post-game play or side-quest distractions that are simply there for you to spend time fiddling with rather than winning or losing. Games like A Short Hike, Alba A Wildlife Adventure or even No Man's Sky.
 

Gaming 101: Platform Games

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Platform games.

Platform games task the player with directing their character to jump, climb, run and avoid obstacles. Getting their name because of levels constructed of platforms from which you have to jump, these games usually introduce hazards to make the forward progress more hazardous.

Although often played with just a joystick and couple of buttons the timing and duration of the button presses and joystick direction requires considerable skill. When combined with Simulation genre the character responds to the physical mechanics of the game world in such a way that players need to spend time learning to use their instincts and relations to progress.

These are commonly considered Action games, but platformers (as they are often called) can also be combined with Fighting or Rhythm games to create a wide range of ways (and reasons) to traverse levels. Although Platform games are usually simpler to understand. However, when combined with Open-World or Puzzle genres they can present a larger and more complex challenge to players.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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