Released: 20 December 2004
Developer : Studio Pixel
Cave Story is a freeware platform-adventure video game released in 2004 for the PC. It was developed over five years by Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya in his free time. Cave Story features 2D platform mechanics and is reminiscent to the classic games the developer played in his youth, such as Metroid. The game focuses on an amnesiac protagonist who awakens in a cave. Through his explorations, he discovers a plot by the Doctor, a megalomaniac who intends to force the inhabitants of the cave to fight for him in his bid to conquer the world. The protagonist is thrust into the position of savior as he endeavors to defeat the Doctor.
The player controls the on-screen character directly using the keyboard or gamepad. The player progresses by navigating platform gamepuzzles and shooting enemies with the equipped weapon. When the player collects multiple weapons, they may be toggled at any time with the press of a button. Defeating enemies sometimes yields yellow triangular objects, which give experience points to weapons when collected. Weapons may be improved up to level three, but taking damage causes weapons to lose experience and levels. Health and missile capacity upgrades are scattered throughout the game world. The player may interact with a variety of non-player characters and objects.
Minimum System Requirements:
Processor: 2 GHz single core CPU
Memory: 512 GB of RAM
Graphics: 64 MB Video Memory
Hard Drive: 256 MB free space