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.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,980 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 8, 2013

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"Straightforward and replayable, Spelunky is precision engineered to make death fair, funny, and a story worth sharing."
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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
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 controller or other XInput-compatible controller
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
What could be said about Spelunky that hasn't been said yet? Yes, it's very hard. But yes, it's one of the most enjoyable games I've ever played. Thanks to its randomly generated levels, the replayability is almost infinite. What's absolutely delightful about Spelunky is that it's one of those "perfect" games. That means that you'll always know why you lost a game, and how you could improve. There are hundreds of tiny tips and tricks to know and discover, and the "secret" levels are always a joy to go through.

Spelunky can please the most hardcore players, but it also allows a more casual gameplay. People will either want to complete the game as fast as possible, or with the biggest amount of gold, or simply try and beat the final boss. In the end, what's the most amazing thing about this game is that you won't necessarily play it for its entended purpose (beat the game, deliver damsels, get treasures..), but rather for the journey you'll embark whenever you press Start.

Absolutely amazing game, I couldn't recommend it enough.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
272.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Over 240 hours, 1500+ runs, I've completed this game a measely 12 times. This is one of the most difficult games I've ever played. The seconds are minutes and minutes are hours when you're playing this game. I've been to Hell once and I only just recently finished it under 8 minutes. This game hasn't gotten stale yet but it will make you feel every emotion ten fold.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
83.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
i hate this game so much but i cant stoP PLAYING IT I DONT KNOW WHATS HAPPENING HELP
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
87.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Amazing game with great replay value highly recommend it
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
194.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
This game is rapidly taking over my life.
10/10
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Shopkeepers need to calm the ♥♥♥♥ down, i only stole a pair of grubby boots FFS
9/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
138.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
A modern masterpiece in 2d platforming. Loveable character/creature designs as well.

I am eagerly awaiting the novelization.

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
The original roguelike platformer, and still the best of the bunch.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
182.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
10 out of 10!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
I'd never encoutered a rougelike before. Never knew what the term meant till Spelunky. And now I totally get the appeal.

Spelunky plays like a great side scrolling platformer. Maps randomly generate everytime you play through and the options to get to the end of each map are expansive. Having limited health and resources adds to the tension of the game and players have to balance the urge to speed run and resource management.

The controls are sharp. I played on both the keyboard and 360 controller and highly recommend the latter, but it's not required.

The graphics have a nice clean animation sytle to them and I love the fact I'm given the choice of whom to rescue (woman, man, dog). And while the alternate unlockable playable characters are nothing more than new skins, unlocking them all does take some effort.

My biggest complaint/recommdation: don't play this right after Super Meat Boy or any other speed runner. This is not that type of game. You will die. Alot. And it'll take a long time to beat the game if that's your mentality.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
128.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
I've somehow played well over 100 hours of Spelunky - and that's just on Steam. I've played it elsewhere, too. The game seems shallow at first, and almost pointless. Give it some time, though, and start to learn how to survive for longer than a couple of levels, and you'll see why it's so great. The controls are fantastic, which, once you get the feel for them, make getting to some of the secret areas easier. But death is always one stupid mistake away, and then you have to start all over. And death is funnier than it is frustrating, which is part of why I like it so much.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
can be frustrating, but is overall fun.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
187.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Y'know, I've sank so much of my life into this game. And for what? I've accumulated a veritable encyclopedia of knowledge on this game just from playing it over and over and over again. I've beaten Hell twice in the time I've played. This game is very unforgiving, and a huge time-suck. But the satisfaction from completing this game still gets me every time.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
398.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
HOW do I have 400 hours in this game? HOW!!!!

Still a great bloody game though and highly replayable obviously with a great and still challenging learning curve! An Epic indie title that is one of the defining new wave of indie games
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
71.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
This game ruined my life.
Buy it. Play it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Bought this game on sale for $4.99.
Sunk over 40 hours in it.
Pretty good trade in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I just died AGAIN because of the ♥♥♥♥ing tiny little analogue deadzone that made me accidentally turn around and throw a rock away from the enemy I was trying to kill, so it killed me.
Then I died AGAIN because of the ♥♥♥♥ing horrible ladders that make it so ♥♥♥♥ing difficult to leave the ladder and get into a 1x1 hole in the ♥♥♥♥ing wall next to the ♥♥♥♥ing ladder. These are the worst ladders since Half-Life 1.

♥♥♥♥ this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Warning: Need Controller
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
72.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Just look at my total hours of playtime.
I haven't beaten this game a single time , the easy way.
By no means is this game long, its actually pretty short. But the roguelike aspect of it makes replayability almost infinite, and it is definetely a challenge.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Very funny Roguelike 2d game with a local CO-OP.

Many different items, areas, traps and unlockable characters!
It has many hours of exploring till you know everything!

I'd give it a 9.8/10, but just 'cause I'm bad and the boss was to hard for me. xD
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