Summary: It’s hard to find fault in Cave Story. The graphics are simple but endearing. The music is masterfully composed, and when combined with an engaging story, carries true emotional weight. Combat is fluid and diverse, and the dynamic weapon XP system facilitates an ebb and flow that has you constantly reevaluating your skirmish strategy.
Conclusion: Nonetheless, Cave Story is a great game. It feels like some sort of gem from a bygone era that, while complete, never saw the light of day (think Star Fox 2). It's debatable whether gamers should fork over the $12 for the WiiWare experience or stick to the free PC download, but if one thing is for sure, it's that everyone should get this game in some form.
Conclusion: Concept: Return to video game roots for a surprising new adventure
Graphics: Decidedly old-school visuals create a masterpiece of pixel art presentation
Sound: Just try to not have these tunes bouncing around your head for three days
Playability: Floaty jump mechanics take a while to get used to, but you’ll be thankful for them once you hit the end
Entertainment: Simple but solid mechanics and excellent game design can take a game a long way – here’s the proof
Conclusion: If you enjoy 2-D games at all, you'll love Cave Story. It'll remind you of simpler, better times of childhood, if even for a moment and remind you exactly why video games were fun in the first place.
Excerpt: Nostalgia can be a very perplexing thing, especially within the world of video games. We often praise a new game for tapping into old memories, while at the same time deriding it for using nostalgia as a crutch to get our attention at the expense of a solid playing experience.