Cave Story is one of those special games that turns me into a blathering fanboy. I’ve got so much respect for the game and its creator that I can’t even articulate my admiration properly – save to say that I think it’s one of the best games ever made; a five year labour of love by a talented, modest, creative genius, released for free and quietly spread by word of mouth. In a hundred years time when this industry has changed into something unrecognisable, people will still be talking about it. (hey, I did warn you about the blathering fanboy thing…)
If you feel the same way, then you’ll love this: Apparently Cave Story had more than one iteration before its final release, one of which was was nearly finished. In the last couple of days, Pixel has put together a collection of screenshots and some concept art from an earlier build!
Here are a few of my favourites:
You can find the zip file containing all the images over at the Doukutsu Monogatari livejournal community. Derek’s also put up a page at TIGSource with all the images, which you can find linked to from Brandon’s post here.