Parents' Guide to

Cave Story+

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Remade indie adventure focuses on desolation, exploration.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

One of the greatest games ever.

Ok, so Cave Story is an indie game created by one man who goes by the name "Pixel." There are 3 endings to the game, the "coward's ending," where you leave the island. The "normal ending," where you defeat the Doctor and save everyone on the island. Then the "best ending" where you defeat the doctor and a guy called Ballos. In order to get to the best ending you go through an 2 areas called the Blood Stained Sanctuary and Hell. Overall a great game for kids and adults. Probably the most intense moment is when a main character goes crazy and attacks the player but there isn't any detail of death or blood. The also has an amazing soundtrack if that's something you like.
age 10+

Is It Any Good?

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Novices to this adventure will be blown away by this atmospheric adventure, but vets may be disappointed by its limited enhancements. Undoubtedly this will be someone's first time playing Cave Story in any form, and arguably they are in for the best time with freshest eyes on everything that Cave Story+. Releases like these are a bit like a horse midstream, because while the developer promises there will be future updates coming this summer and later this year (including a two-player mode), the new additions on hand for the Switch-specific release are fairly anemic. There's a new music track, a new challenge mode level, and that's it. All in all, the game now boasts seven play modes (including boss rush), spans 20 boss fights, four unique endings, and 15 levels to explore in a vast and at times disorienting world. It'd be silly to be disappointed in the lack of "new" stuff here, because there's a lot here -- and that's not even including the "secret" mode that allows for a slightly different play through experience as another character.

Newcomers will find a lot to love. Cave Story+ does a great job of conveying desolation and making you feel like you're really small in a large world. The game's simple controls make exploring a snap, and that you are continually given new weapons and can power them up (and have to fight to keep doing so, since any hits you take powers you down) makes you want to keep pressing on and seeing what you can find. The sheer amount of secrets you can find if you poke around help reward you there, too. The only real dings against the game are fairly minor, like how tiny the map is (which you'll need to consult frequently) on your screen, which demonstrates a lack of thought about the Switch-specific experience. But these are small complaints compared to how much is here to discover and to be discovered.

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