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Cart #18716 | 2016-02-08 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Another little project my brother and I have been working on. We are huge Cave Story fans, so building a demake was kind of a childhood dream come true. Never ceases to amaze me how much can be done within the (wonderful self-imposed) limitations of the Pico-8 engine.

It has no real ending as-of-now, we might add that in later. But for now, enjoy! If you want to see some of our process in creating this, we vlogged about it at DoubtfulGames

P#18717 2016-02-07 19:10 ( Edited 2018-05-10 19:06)

This is amazing. I'm blown away.

P#18724 2016-02-08 03:47 ( Edited 2016-02-08 08:47)

I love Cave Story, and this is very accurate.

Do I need to say anymore?

P#18727 2016-02-08 07:08 ( Edited 2016-02-08 12:08)

There is a thing that is bothering me... When I enter a door, I lose the heart upgrade...

tho it is a great game!! Excellent demake!

P#18729 2016-02-08 08:34 ( Edited 2016-02-08 13:34)

The music, graphics, everything is very accurate! Well done!

P#18731 2016-02-08 15:25 ( Edited 2016-02-08 20:25)

This is pretty accurate. And pretty rad.
Good stuff!

P#18742 2016-02-08 22:29 ( Edited 2016-02-09 03:29)

Thanks all! I appreciate that. And @betoraposa, you're absolutely right. One of the many small bugs I forgot to root out. :) I'll do a bug fix round in a week or two and polish the last few details.

P#18743 2016-02-09 00:14 ( Edited 2016-02-09 05:14)

Fantastic. I loved digging through your devlog too. Keep it up!

P#18755 2016-02-09 17:15 ( Edited 2016-02-09 22:15)

Great job! I really love Cave Story, and this demake is a perfect homage to it.

P#18756 2016-02-09 18:23 ( Edited 2016-02-09 23:23)


P#18788 2016-02-12 18:32 ( Edited 2016-02-12 23:32)

Apart from the exit to the first cave killing me, probably due to no collision exit being called when I killed one of the monsters while being effectively inside it, this is amazingly true to the original.

P#18849 2016-02-16 02:23 ( Edited 2016-02-16 07:23)

Amazing job, feels like an extremely faithful demake. Looking forward to your future Pico-8 projects!

P#18856 2016-02-17 12:43 ( Edited 2016-02-17 17:43)

This is incredible work. :)

P#19071 2016-03-05 03:11 ( Edited 2016-03-05 08:11)

Amazing! Captures the original charm

P#19100 2016-03-07 05:58 ( Edited 2016-03-07 10:58)

Absolutely incredible!

P#19219 2016-03-14 07:25 ( Edited 2016-03-14 11:25)

After going through the first door the picture scrolled to a black screen and I couldn't do anything more.

P#19220 2016-03-14 10:23 ( Edited 2016-03-14 14:23)

Amazingly done.

P#22433 2016-06-06 20:46 ( Edited 2016-06-07 00:46)

Congratulations, Tinycartridge used this game as a PocketCHIP demonstration :)

Tinycartridge's post in Tumblr

P#22434 2016-06-06 21:28 ( Edited 2016-06-07 01:30)

It's incredible that this game can be de-made into Pico-8! I would love to see the community de-make more games!

P#22466 2016-06-07 16:32 ( Edited 2016-06-07 20:32)

How complete is this?

P#22484 2016-06-08 00:53 ( Edited 2016-06-08 04:53)

This is awesome. Cave Story is my favorite game of all time and this is just... wow... the amount of detail and accuracy to the original is stunning.

P#26359 2016-08-03 00:14 ( Edited 2016-08-03 04:14)

A few things:

  • If a weapon upgrade shard gets trapped in the level geometry, it will keep making sounds
  • Life maximum is not preserved between rooms, and in fact the container will reappear again in the First Cave
  • Continuing to hold left/right after pressing down to enter a doorway will make you slide
P#26362 2016-08-03 01:52 ( Edited 2016-08-03 05:52)

Amazing work. I can't express enough how much I love this!

P#44257 2017-09-17 01:30 ( Edited 2017-09-17 05:30)

A few simple fixes for my sanity:

  • There's a missing tile to the right of the very first door of the game.
  • Holding jump enables you to hop in place, the jump should be based on a key-down event, not on key-held.
  • The water surrounding the door to the polar star is inescapable if you fall in. This isn't accurate to the actual game. I believe there's an angled tile on the left side of the moat (lack of a better term)

Otherwise, I think the game looks great and I'm excited you guys are making one of my favorite games of all time (as you can see from my avatar).

P#44969 2017-10-07 13:43 ( Edited 2017-10-07 17:43)

Get polar star, shoot the door, can't go in. Did this used to go further and some update to Pico8 broke it?

P#52593 2018-05-10 15:06 ( Edited 2018-05-10 19:06)

With no explanation of how to play or what to do, I don't think I am getting the full extent of what everyone is so amazed about. I can't figure out how I am supposed to get past the first level.

P#60085 2018-12-18 20:13

If you fall in the water next to the hermit gunsmith's house there is no escape, please fix this.

P#61356 2019-01-30 14:53

Really crazy, i love this game, so bad you have never finished it :(

P#99741 2021-11-07 17:55

This is really bad. No explanation no nothing. How can I get out of the very first level?

P#136555 2023-10-28 20:06

@kudorgyozo as howlermiller explained, it's a demake of Cave Story (Doukutsu in Japan). I recommend giving it a try if you haven't yet, and you can't get out because the cart's incomplete.

P#136561 2023-10-28 22:27

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