First off I need to apologize for the lack of updates, the summer has been really bad for blog posting. The last month has been pretty much the worst too. A week of preparing, followed by a week in San Francisco (which is more meetings than “work”), then Sarah’s wedding, followed by a week of being sick. All the while trying to fit in a massive back log of actual work. Well here we are, things are sane again and I am no longer plague ridden. It’s actually been a really good summer, lots of projects have moved forward and I’ve got a lot of back logged blog posts to finish and publish.
I figured I’d knock a quickie one out just to post the above update. While sitting at home sick this week I started and finished Cave Story + on the Mac. For those not familiar, Cave Story is an indie freeware platformer/run & gun in the modern Castlevania / classic Metroid sense. It is a fantastic deep game (storywise) with awesome gameplay and music. Developed (scored and illustrated) single handedly by Daisuke Amaya (aka Pixel) over 5 years and released in 2004, the original is a treasured classic and as of the last year or two it’s finally gotten the attention it deserves. It saw an updated version released on the Wii last year with updated graphics and music.
Well as of last week, that updated version was released on the Mac AppStore. In fact there is an additional level (and bit of story) making the Mac version the most complete way to play Cave Story currently. (There is even additional new content promised in updates!) While it will be coming back to the PC-world via Steam eventually, this is truly an impressive moment for Mac gamers! We actually have something really awesome FIRST! (Who would gloat about that though, ha) Anyone who says $10 is a lot to spend on an updated version of a free game really needs to realize how impressive this game is, and that it is a bargain of a monetization for the blood, sweat and tears that went into it. The re-arranged music in this version is freakin’ fantastic and the graphical updates are just beautiful (and that is coming from a pixel-addict), check out this side by side I threw together:
Buy it now and enjoy it, seriously awesome. (Just make sure you don’t play it on the easy difficulty, normal is actually pretty easy, though hard is pretty nasty. ) It’s worth your time and 10 bucks.