January 20, 2012

Review – VVVVVV

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 8:46 am

There’s something very heartwarming about indie games on Nintendo hardware. Seeing Cave Story across several Nintendo platforms was like an endorsement from gaming royalty for instance – a nod from the company that built those first pixilated worlds out of thin air and inspired so many to follow in that pursuit.

As such, Terry Cavanagh’s PC indie title, VVVVVV, is a welcome sight on the 3DS’ eShop, but I wouldn’t want any idea of indie fan-service to undermine the move, given that the game’s level of polish and play earn placement on the list of eShop offerings worth the investment of player’s time and money regardless of how many people worked on the title.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with why, let’s fill in some blanks below.


November 29, 2010

Your Recommended Dose of Cave Story

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 9:01 am

Cave Story
For those gamers eager to hang with the Mimiga on their DSi, Cave Story hits DSiWare today and will set you back 1,000 Pts for the mobility.

For those that have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, Cave Story is also available in WiiWare demo form today, so if you’ve been living in mystery, there’s absolutely no reason not to get learned on the subject.

April 13, 2010

Cave Story – A Single Man Makes A Memorable Game

Filed under: Editorial Rants — Tags: , , , , , — Michael Tucker @ 6:32 pm

Cave Story

Title Image by Rey Ortega

A lone developer once sat in his home in Japan and committed himself to making the most hauntingly fantastic independent videogame ever. Five years later, he emerged with Cave Story.

A lot of eloquent praise has been given to Cave Story over the years and there’s not much that I can add to what’s already been said, but there are a few things that struck me during my most recent play through of the title in its new WiiWare form and I can’t help wanting to write a love letter of my own.

The nigh-perfection of this simple title made by a single man (Pixel is Daisuke Amaya’s self-appointed handle) was and is far-and-away a greater achievement than anything I’ve experienced from the professional industry in many years – if nowhere else than on a tasteful, emotional level.

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