Cave Story Publisher’s Latest 2D Game Is A Deathtrap With 1001 Spikes

By Eugene . May 29, 2014 . 3:31pm


Nicalis, the publisher behind games such as Cave Story and Ikachan, is releasing another game next week. 1001 Spikes is a “tough-as-nails” 2D side-scrolling pixelart deathtrap adventure game, originally created as an Xbox Live Indie Game.


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Players are Aban Hawkins, forced to search for his father in deadly dungeons after the latter disappeared. There’s treasure to be had, including the legendary big one behind the Golden Door of Poko-Mum. Assuming you survive all those spikes and other nasty traps. 1001 Spikes will also feature co-op and versus modes for one to four players simultaneously.


You’ll be able to unlock nearly two dozen characters, including some well known indie ones such as Bit.Trip Runner’s Commander Video.


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The game will be available on Sony’s Cross-Buy, which means you’ll only need to pay its $14.99 asking price once to get a copy on both the PlayStation 4 and Vita. If you’re buying it on PC and already own Cave Story or Night Sky, you’ll get a $5 discount.


1001 Spikes will be available June 3rd on PC, Sony PlayStation 4, and the PlayStation Vita. The game is also headed to Wii U, but doesn’t have a release date yet.

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  • Jettythesunfish

    Looks like deadly fun.

  • This game looks and feels like fun! I hope it has Online Play, too! As for Nicalis, they should port Cave Story to the Vita, and make a sequel for it sometime, as well!

  • MisterHoot

    Some of that game gives me a feel from an old gameboy game called Solomon’s Key :) looks pretty fun

    • MisterHoot

      Ah, I meant Solomon’s club, sorry

      • Why not both?

        • MisterHoot

          Well actually I wasn’t completely wrong. Solomon’s Club is the GB version of Solomon’s Key, which was on the NES, so hey…I wasn’t that far off

          • I know that. There’s also Monster Rancher Explorer, which is, well, also the same game, but with a MR skin.

  • PreyMantis

    I fear I will break whatever I’m holding whenever playing this game…

    • This is a multiplayer game, so you won’t be alone with the breaking of the stuff… and the other’s limbs.

    • darke

      I recommend the PC version then. Keyboards and mice are cheaper then PS4 controllers and Vitas. :P

  • ElAbuelo69

    You forgot to mention Xbox One

  • Arcade Bumstead

    It’s stupid to put Cave Story’s name on this. Pixel has nothing to do with this game.

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