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CAVE Co. LTD.

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CAVE Interactive Co., LTD (CAVE) is a game developer that specialized in making bullet hell STGs for the arcade. Established in 1994 by former Toaplan employees, they would go on to create many iconic STG franchises, such as DonPachi and Mushihimesama, as well as one-off games such as Ketsui and Guwange.

"CAVE" is an acronym for "Computer Art Visual Entertainment".

General Play Style

CAVE games have become very well-known and synonymous with the bullet hell sub-genre of shooting games, with their later games especially pushing huge bullet counts and dense, complex patterns.

CAVE games are also well-known for having highly esoteric scoring systems, and small player hitboxes, with some titles such as Mushihimesama Futari and DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu featuring hitboxes as small as one pixel, allowing them to weave through massive brain-bending patterns.

Earlier CAVE titles featured basic power-up systems, downgrading the player on death, but their later work often put the player at a fixed power level throughout the entire game.


Shooting games developed by CAVE

DoDonPachi II: Bee Storm is not on this list as it is not a game developed by CAVE. Bee Storm is listed under the DonPachi series.

Game Year Publisher(s)
DonPachi 1995 Atlus
DoDonPachi (DDP) 1997 Atlus
ESP Ra.De. 1998 Atlus
Dangun Feveron / Fever S.O.S. 1998 Nihon System
Guwange 1999 Atlus
Progear 2001 Capcom
DoDonPachi Dai-Ou-Jou (DOJ) 2002 AMI
Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi 2003 AMI
Espgaluda 2003 AMI
Mushihimesama 2004 AMI
Ibara 2005 AMI
Espgaluda II 2005 AMI
Ibara Kuro: Black Label 2006 AMI
Pink Sweets: Ibara Sorekara 2006 AMI
Mushihimesama Futari 2006 AMI
Muchi Muchi Pork! 2007 AMI
Deathsmiles 2007 AMI
Deathsmiles Mega Black Label 2008 AMI
DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu 2008 AMI
Deathsmiles II 2009 AMI
DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu Black Label (DFK BL) 2010 AMI
Akai Katana 2010 CAVE
DoDonPachi MAXIMUM 2012 CAVE
DoDonPachi Saidaioujou (SDOJ) 2012 CAVE