Cave Story by Studio Pixel
Cave Story, also known as Doukutsu Monogatari, conceived by Studio Pixel, is a Japanese sidescrolling freeware platformer.
The main character in Cave Story is an amnesiac mute who awakes in a cave and uncovers a plot by an evil doctor to force the inhabitants of the cave to fight and conquer the world for him. The adventure begins when the main character decides to put an end to the Doctor’s tyranny and seeks to destroy him forever.
Cave Story has been praised for its original and captivating story as well as its outstanding 2D game design. It has been compared to NES classics such as Metroid, Castlevania and Megaman. It was also ported to Nintendo Wii and won Nintendo Power’s Game of the Year. What took five years to develop has become an indie darling in the ranks of Braid, World of Goo and Minecraft.