Conclusion: The first rendition of Cave Story is still a freeware title: You can download it for your PC whenever you wish. But the portability of the DSi version is very welcome, as are the difficulty settings and Jukebox. Besides which, the original Cave Story was put together by Pixel for the sheer fun of it, and millions of players have enjoyed the game since. It would be nice to compensate him by purchasing the game. Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher.
Summary: Cave Story is an action-adventure game overflowing with unmatched charm and character, taking players into a world where a race of rabbit-like creatures, called Mimigas, run free on a serene floating island.
Excerpt: Cave Story 3D is the easiest, toughest sell I've ever encountered. On one hand, the original Cave Story still ranks as one of the best games I've ever played and is one of the few I've taken the time to play more than once. At the same time, the original is still available on PC for free and the numerous re-releases included more content than the 3D-enabled port. Then again, it's another chance to play a great game with the added advantage of portability...
Remake of indie puzzler has eerie vibe with talk of killing.
Common Sense Media
29 December 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Cave Story 3D is a graphically remastered version of the game Cave Story , which was created by an individual programmer in his spare time and grew to wide-reaching popularity because of its simple yet addicting gameplay style. This 3D remake brings the experience to a whole new level with advanced visuals and new content, but the core of the game remains intact.
Summary: Cave Story 3D is a remake of a popular indie title that was also featured on PC, WiiWare, DsiWare, and Mac OS. The 3DS edition is the best looking version of the bunch and it’s clear that the developers put a lot of effort into making it so. It plays like a dolled up version of classic 8-bit games of old such as Metroid or Mega Man , which fans of said games should enjoy, and the 3D effects enhance the experience so long as you keep them on their lowest setting.
Summary: Cave Story 3D is a side-scrolling adventure with verve and charm. It is also a remake of a PC game that has been available since 2004, when Cave Story's lone hobbyist developer, Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya, first gave it away on the Internet. The original was and is a sparkling indie gem, and its strength is both blessing and burden for this 3DS version; a tweaked, prettified adaptation of a great game is still a great game, but what is there to recommend it over the freeware...
Pros: Excellent platforming and shooting, Lovely 3D visuals, Quirky, mysterious story
Cons: Depth and darkness can obscure level details, Little extra content over the original
Excerpt: Metroid was wonderful. Back in 1996, it delivered a haunting new world filled with alien life forms, seemingly endless twisting corridors and a surprising heroine. Nintendo's developers created something special when they put together Metroid. Then they further refined the concept with Metroid II: The Return of Samus on the Game Boy and-most spectacularly-Super Metroid on the Super Nintendo. Samus Aran was here to stay.
Conclusion: Cave Story 3D is rated E-10 with an ESRB descriptor of Fantasy Violence. You do shoot creatures and robots that explode when defeated, and your character explodes, too. Reading skill is a must as well. But the best reason why this game is better for older gamers is the high difficulty.
Summary: As the deepest version of a top-notch ’Metroidvania’ title, Cave Story 3D has a lot to offer those who haven’t played any other version or are deeply devoted to the game. Others may wish to buy a more budget-friendly version on a different system, but this deluxe release has its merits.