Modern(ish) Game Highlight: Cave Story

Cave Story Title Screen

This is super old news, but you know, that's what I'm into. A while ago as I was looking for games that run on Linux, and I came across Cave Story, a sidescrolling action-adventure game with a great retro vibe to it. Created by a single person who calls himself Pixel over the course of 5 years, it has all the depth, challenge, and atmosphere you'd expect from a commercial offering... and it's free! This is one of the first games I played on the Suitcase PC, and I loved every second of it. I found there's a buildscript for it in the Arch Linux user repository, so if you use yaourt it's only one command away from being installed on your computer:

$ yaourt doukutsu

It works great with a USB gamepad -- I prefer using a SNES pad myself. The game is also available on the Wii via the shop channel, with updated graphics and sound (though I prefer the more pixely look).

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Sorry I don't have any original screenshots of me actually playing, these were grabbed from the web... the game runs fullscreen by default and it's not terribly easy to capture screens.

Go try it, it runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac. You won't regret it!

Modified Wednesday, March 24, 2021