Cave Story+ is free on the Epic Games Store from 3rd December 2020! Before you pick it up, here’s what I think.
Here are the games currently free of charge on the Epic Games Store. These are typically only around for a week, so if you see anything you like the look of you’d better move fast before they disappear!
Epic Games Store: Free Games – 3rd December 2020
Cave Story is a 2D Metroidvania platformer that’s seen as one of the most popular indie games of all time. It’s a name that I know, but I’ve never played it. But it is very well reviewed, with a 94% positive rating on Steam. That said, it came out in 2011 so it’s pretty damn old.
But the thing that’s worth bearing in mind is that it’s a Nicalis game, which comes with some… issues. The studio (that I only know from The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth) was lead by Tyrone Rodriguez, who has a history of troubling behaviour on social platforms. Obviously he’s not the only developer at the studio, so I think you can play (or buy) the game to support the other staff without feeling guilty. But he was the one in charge, so it’s always something worth thinking about if you’re thinking about ethics in the industry.
But hey, maybe picking it up for free is the best way to stick it to him. I guess there’s an argument to be made there…
Where to Get Your Free Games
To claim your free games, load up the Epic Games Store app or log in to their website. Once you’ve claimed them, they’ll be available in your account forever and you can play them any time!
Click this link to see the full archive of every game that has been given away on the EGS!