Tuesday, March 23, 2010

No longer a Cave Story virgin

I've played the WiiWare version of Cave Story for about three hours now, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. Of course, how could I not enjoy it? It's basically a cute 'n cuddly Metroid clone.

The graphics are a wonderful mix of retro and modern, and the music is adorably and appropriately winsome. And then there's the gameplay, which I consider to be just as tight and well-tuned as the above-mentioned Gunpei Yokoi classic.

"I Am A Cave Story" by Annabelle Kennedy

That's not to suggest the game is faultless. It requires a bit more backtracking than I'd like, for instance, and it can be a smidge befuddling from time to time (i.e., I'm not always sure where I should go or what I should do next).

Neither of those negatives will keep me from completing Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya's action-adventure triumph, though--nor should they keep you from giving his charmingly challenging title a try.

See also: 'I can't wait to pop my Cave Story cherry'


Viewtiful_Justin said...

I got my tax return today, so I'm SO buying this game. Ha! What luck!

From the sounds of it, I may be gone a long time after I buy it. :-P

Bryan Ochalla said...

Great! Let me know what you think of it, OK? Hopefully you'll like it a lot more than you liked Muscle March :)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

It's amazing. Simply wonderful. I think I played it for more hours than the day HAD yesterday. So fun! I can't wait to get back into it today.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, I'm glad you're enjoying it! I'd play it right now if I didn't have loads of work to do. Maybe during my "lunch break."

Anyway, I think I'm most impressed with how the game controls and feels. It's amazing!