Modern(ish) Game Highlight: Cave Story

Posted July 28, 2011 @ 1:36 pm | Filed under: Geekery

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).

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. But here’s a fan-made trailer for the game:


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