Spelunky is a unique platformer with randomized levels that offer a challenging new experience each time you play. Journey deep underground and explore fantastic places filled with all manner of monsters, traps, and treasure. You'll have complete freedom while you navigate the fully-destructible environments and master their many secrets.
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Very Positive (90 reviews) - 85% of the 90 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (6,049 reviews) - 91% of the 6,049 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 8, 2013

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“Somewhere during the journey you realize you’ve gained skills, your perception’s changed, and there’s a science to the way you navigate. It’s no longer about just making it through, but making it through well.”
9/10 – IGN

“Sure, you swap anecdotes - it is hard to play Spelunky without something brilliant happening - but the richer conversations are the ones where you learn about the deeper systems as they begin to poke through the skin of each person's experience.”
10/10 – Eurogamer

About This Game

Spelunky is a unique platformer with randomized levels that offer a challenging new experience each time you play. Journey deep underground and explore fantastic places filled with all manner of monsters, traps, and treasure. You'll have complete freedom while you navigate the fully-destructible environments and master their many secrets. To stay or flee, to kill or rescue, to shop or steal... in Spelunky, the choice is yours and so are the consequences!

Key Features


  • "Roguelike" Platforming - Randomly-generated, fully-destructible levels are dense with danger. Quick thinking and a deep understanding will keep you alive along the knife's edge!
  • Fill Your Journal - Track your progress with a dusty explorer's journal given to you by Yang, your mentor from another age.
  • Local Co-op - Up to 4 players can join up to help or hinder in madcap cooperative play.
  • Deathmatch - Unlock 72 diverse, deadly arenas to wage battle in against friends or bots.
  • The Daily Challenge - Each day a new set of levels is generated for the Daily Challenge, a unique mode where you only get one chance per day to compete online against the rest of the Steam community.
  • A Colorful Cast - A roster of 20 squishy explorers (16 unlockable) are waiting for you to make their greedy dreams come true!
  • Tough Love - You're going to die in all kinds of painful, hilarious, and surprising ways. But with each mistake you'll learn more about how Spelunky works and get that much closer to solving its deepest mysteries!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz or equivalent processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 controller or other XInput-compatible controller
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Corporal Nobby Nobbs
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
The art style made me ♥♥♥♥ing gag.
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senselsar
8.5 hrs
Posted: August 25
Very difficulty. But I like to play always.
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Bulletmarshin
34.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
This game is great if you enjoy rogue-like indie games. The art style is very nice and you can definitely pump some hours trying to perfect your skill in this.
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Broccoli And Friends
9.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
New players are going to struggle with Spelunky, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It'll constantly get the best of you, but it's a game that's full of endless surprises. Each defeat gives you the chance to learn a bit more about the dungeon's hazards, and this makes it especially rewarding when you succeed. Every new item, trap, enemy, and, inevitable demise you experience will leave you better equipped for the next (and probably ill-fated) attempt.

I bought Spelunky looking for a throwback; I'm a 2D platformer at heart, and Spelunky has definitely scratched an itch. The controls are intuitive and, after some time, they feel pretty second nature. The game's world building is good. You'll start to recognize patterns in how levels are constructed, but the limitless possibilities in how these patterns are configured together means that level design is never tiring, and doesn't lose its appeal.

I'm continually surprised by the interactions I see among enemies, NPCs, and their respective environments: the resulting blast from an exploding frog you killed might land a little too close to a shotgun wielding shopkeep; or it's possible that a misplaced alien laser could trigger a series of landmines and eliminate what you thought was a surefire exit. In either case, you'll have to rely on your own senses of strategy and reflex to find a solution, or else, end your playthrough a little sooner than intended.

Its unforgiving difficulty means that Spelunky will take some time to get acquainted with; however, if you're a fan of the perma-death and rogue-like genres, you probably already know the drill.
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Griffinblade89
10.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
Great game. seriously, it's a hell of a lot of fun, but the world gen HATES me. I ALWAYS get the s***tiest worlds that make it impossible to do anything.
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kio
35.5 hrs
Posted: August 23
rrrrrrrrRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.gif *throws keyboard in anger*
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Gaara(jay jay)
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 22
This is an amzing game i have it on most of my consoles whether computer or xbox this game is tons of fun its hard has differnt puzzle like the golden city to put more challenge to it
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MaxGlevy
143.8 hrs
Posted: August 21
I have played over 140 hours of this game. it is by far my favorite steam game.It is a permadeath game so it is new each time. The game looks simple but is extremely complex. One of my favorite games.
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reml
13.9 hrs
Posted: August 21
Addictive
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Doomsire
12.9 hrs
Posted: August 19
This guy reincarnated into the Hamburger Helper hand
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Product received for free
What an interesting indie gem we have here. This is probably one of the most-talked about rogue/roguelike indie games aside from Super Meat Boy, and Crypt of the Necrodancer. In this game, you are an explorer, traversing several 2D worlds in search of great treasure. Among the treasure, you encounter many familiar hazards along with some ancient South American and Egyptian themes. I really like the artistic aspect of the game. The cultural archaology is very realistic, which is interesting because the liberal use of color is cartoonish for the game, but also historically accurate! Take a look at this reference to see what I mean :)

You'll notice right away how many ways there are to die. Despite a generous amount of health, and simplistic art style, there is a steep learning curve to this platformer. For example, an experienced gamer such as myself has still died over 500 times without what the game considers a "win". Ouch! There's always some new, hilarious way to meet your end. If you think you've seen it all, trust me - there's a lot more where that came from.

I think the biggest downfall to this game is it gets repetetive and discouraging. You can understand what your goal is, and know how to get there...yet utterly fail in doing so. Also, having to adjust the camera to get a look down below (without pausing) is a bit annoying. The quick-respawn isn't all that quick either. In a game where you die alot, it should be an instant restart.

Despite this, Spelunky has an air of mystery and challenge that is satisfying to players. There's always something funny and unconventional to surprise players. A great game to pick up and play for a few minutes at a time, or have an all-night binge with your friends.

Thanks for the game, Derek :)
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
72.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
ive been telling myself "Just one more run" for the past 11 hours now.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
This game is made by Satan with human souls and tears !!!!

10/10 would rip my hair out again
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
I've died less times in Dark Souls.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
First playtrough after tutorial.

Pick up a rock right after entrance.
Throw it.
Rock bounces of the wall, knocks me down.
Fallen body activates trap, gets shot with arrow.
Body falls below, becomes corpse.
4 or 5 seconds.

10\10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
161.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
I love to Hate this game Spelunky is one of the quintessential RogueLite Games filled with all your favourites: Platforming, PermaDeath and RNG. Spelunky is extremely hard but always keeps me coming back for more with a fun core gameplay mechanic. Full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk9vFLwu_bA
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
159.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Spelunky is the 2D platformer against which I measure all others. The game engine, controls, and physics are simply that good. It works as a 2D platformer and does all the things you would expect and rewards habits built up over thirty years of gaming (well, at least since, say, Super Mario Brothers 3).

Wherever Mossmouth could have chosen between physics/gameplay that "works," and physics/gameplay that "works well," they have chosen the latter. This gives emergent properties, such as gun-jumping and whip mechanics and shotgun pellet spread.

Around 97% of deaths in Spelunky are "earned," meaning that it's quite rare for me to say, "I disagree with what happened on the screen" or "I was cheated." This is a great feeling as a gamer to have: get spiked? "... aww. I knew I should have looked down first. :/ "

It is exceptionally replayable and my only two complaints are minor:
1. There needs to be a Spelunky 2;
2. The Daily Challenge really should be tagged with the date BEFORE you enter. I'm at GMT-whatever, and I think the Daily Challenge is keyed off of GMT+000/Zulu time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
rrrrrrrrRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.gif *throws keyboard in anger*
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
205.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
It's a rogue-lite action platform game set in a randomly generated dungeon divided by four different main areas with four levels each. There are some secret levels you can find and two ways to beat the game, the easy and the hard. Actually, it's cool and dynamic enough to provide plenty of joy during your adventure. Survive death traps and discover the treasure of an ancient civilization!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
This game is irritating as a little mosquito, but I can't stop playing it, Yea, It's good game.
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