- Cave Story 3D is a side scrolling shooter in a 3D environment.
- The player must survive against a variety of enemies and environmental hazards.
- Levels are often not strictly linear.
- Later in the game, many challenges are derived from navigating through these hazards with limited flight ability.
- Gameplay is a combination of high-speed shooting/action scenes, platforming, exploration and light puzzle solving.
Cave Story 3D Description
Gameplay is a combination of high-speed shooting/action scenes, platforming, exploration and light puzzle solving…
Reviews By Ben Ty : Date November 12, 2011
[This review is largely focused on this new remake and the changes it brings. Details on the gameplay and plot are at a minimum. In my opinion, the less you know about Cave Story before you play it, the better.]
Cave Story is, hands down, my most loved game. The story, the gameplay, the music, the art–it all comes together to create a beautiful whole that is unlike anything else. Just that alone would have been amazing but then you realize it was made by ONE man and it becomes some sort of miracle and/or a work of a genius. Cave Story is perfect, and that’s why this remake scared me so badly.
The very first screenshot was released and I wanted to barf. What had they done to my beloved Cave Story!? It looked like a terrible PS or N64 game and continued to look just as bad right up to release day. It was Cave Story though, so I HAD to buy it…and I’m glad I did.
I popped the cart into my 3DS and started to play. My very first impressions were the same as my views on the screenshots…but then I flipped the 3D on and the game came to life. This is, by far, the best 3D on the system. Every other game I have I only use the 3D for a few minutes at a time before turning it off again but, with Cave Story, I leave it on for the entire time. The sense of depth is second to none and, really, no matter how hard I try to describe it you just have to experience it for yourself to truly understand.
Reviews By S. Rhodes : Date November 27, 2011
+Simple and addictive gameplay
+Actually quite a lengthy quest
+The graphical update is good
+Provides a very balanced challenge
-There are already several other versions of the game readily available for cheap and it’s hard to justify the purchase of this one just for 3D and revamped graphics alone
Cave Story is easily one of the finest achievements in Indie Gaming. Beginning as a freeware game developed by a single person, Cave Story eventually went on to be a cult success and seeing actual releases. There was the freeware game, a PSP version, one released on DSiWare and Wii Ware and there’s also a version on Steam Available. With so many places to find the actual game itself, one has to wonder if the 3DS version is really worth the purchase. And in some ways it’s nice. But then again… it’s hard to justify the forty dollar price tag. But more on that later. If you haven’t played Cave Story, it is a game worth experiencing. It’s solid fun and the adventure actually last a while.
You play as a character who pretty much just wakes up in a cave. You don’t really know how you got there or anything like that. But as you begin exploring you’ll soon find a gun to help you in your travels. It’s not long before you stumble into a village where rabbit like creatures keep finding themselves taken by a strange doctor. And it’s up to you to get to the bottom of it. There’s actually a lot of story to Cave Story. Nothing too big or surprising, but it’s a charming game nonetheless.
Cave Story most certainly follows the feel of the Metroid series in some ways. You’ll begin with just a pea shooter, but you’ll find other items such as fireballs and missiles and much more. New tools will also allow you to progress further. The game is actually quite big and there’s a lot to explore. And just like in some of the Metroid games you’ve no doubt played you’ll find health capsules to increase your health, expand on your missiles and fight strange bosses as you unravel the tale. All of these corridors are crawling with baddies. It can feel a little overwhelming at times, but the way Cave Story works out is pretty excellent. The story is paced well, but even better is how the gameplay holds up. As you battle enemies will drop items that will increase the power of your weapon up to three levels. Take too much damage and your weapon drops a level.
Reviews By Loel M. Phelps : Date November 14, 2011
Cave Story in all its incarnations has been an excellent product. I first played through it when the english translation patch was released many years ago for PC. I played it all the way through again when it hit the DSi store. This is the third time I’ve played the product and by large, the experience remains the same. Solid platforming mechanics with fantastic level design and player progression. Anyone who enjoys the gameplay styles of classic Metroid or Castlevania will feel right at home with Cave Story.
Gameplay aside, I have run into a few small issues with the 3DS version of the game.
1.) 3D Depth falls apart in certain limited areas in the game.