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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


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.

Play is fast paced traversal as a robot character. You explore and shoot your way through a system of caves. As well as jumping and shooting you use momentum and simulated physics to reach platforms. This requires considerable skill to get used to and pull off.

As you progress you learn about your amnesia, backstory and escape from the cave. New abilities grant access to new areas which in turn enable you to find more powerful and useful weapons by collecting triangular experience crystals. Along the way you meet characters who tell you more about the world and its inhabitants.

The game is available on different systems and in different versions:
  • Cave Story (2010) Wii, DS, Nintendo 3DS
  • Cave Story+ (2011) PC, Switch
  • Cave Story 3D (2011) 3DS

DetailsGame Details

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

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

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Studio Pixel JP (@StudioPixelJP)




Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 14 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Swearing.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language.


Cave Story usually costs £10.99 to £26.99.

Cave Story

Steam Store PC £10.99
Switch Store Switch £26.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Cave Story Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@StudioPixelJP) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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