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CAVE Interactive Co., LTD, or CAVE for short, is a Japanese game company that mostly specializes in bullet hell STGs. Established in 1994 by former Toaplan employees, they would go on to create iconic STG franchises, such as the DonPachi series and Mushihimesama series, as well as one-off greats like Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi and Progear no Arashi. "CAVE" is an acronym for "Computer Art Visual Entertainment".

CAVE games are notable for being among the first to have intricate patterns with an over-abundance of bullets, esoteric scoring systems, and minuscule player/ship hitboxes. For instance, Mushihimesama Futari and DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu contain player characters with single pixel hitboxes, permitting seemingly impossible bullet pattern navigation. Earlier CAVE titles presented basic power-up systems with upgrade pick-ups that would spawn in the play field and downgrade the player upon death. Their later works often put the player at a fixed power level throughout the entire game.

Shooting games developed by CAVE

Game Year Publisher(s)
DonPachi 1995 Atlus
DoDonPachi 1997 Atlus
ESP Ra.De. 1998 Atlus
Dangun Feveron / Fever S.O.S. 1998 Nihon System
Guwange 1999 Atlus
Progear no Arashi 2001 Capcom
DoDonPachi DaiOuJou 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
Mushihimesama Futari Black Label 2007 AMI
Deathsmiles Mega Black Label 2008 AMI
DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu / DoDonPachi Resurrection 2008 AMI
Deathsmiles II 2009 AMI
DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu Black Label 2010 AMI
Akai Katana 2010 CAVE
DoDonPachi MAXIMUM 2012 CAVE
DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou 2012 CAVE

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