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 (5,221 reviews) - 91% of the 5,221 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
67 of 70 people (96%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
What can I say about Spelunky?

I bought this game a while ago, played it for a short amount of time and put it away again. I kept dying, it seemed like they made the difficulty way too hard for a casual looking game.

I picked it up again a few days ago with the determination to get through the first world, to have a proper idea of what the game is about. Now I understand!!

Spelunky looks easy. If you've played it, you'll know it isn't. The great thing is though, there are no cheap deaths. Death comes from player error. There are WTF!? moments, but these are shortly proceeded by newfound knowledge and understanding of a new tactic or strategy. The amount of ways to die in Spelunky, I don't even try to imagine!

This maybe what makes it such a special platformer. With procedural generated levels and the multitude of ways our hero can meet his end, each playthrough feels quite unique. It never feels mundane or like a grind. Any frustration from dying is short-lived and usually accompanied with laughter.

The graphics are lovely and colourful, with a plethora of cute characters to unlock. There's a whole host of tough achievements and a nice variety of catchy soundtracks that compliment it all really well.

This is how to make a platform game. 10/10
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126 of 163 people (77%) found this review helpful
181 people found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
> Buy pickaxe from shopkeeper
> "Cool, what does this do?"
> Step outside shop and break a rock
> Get called a terrorist
> Get shot

> Walking around a cave
> Here someone yell "YOU CAN'T DO THAT!"
> A snake has entered his woman-selling house and attacked his pug
> I'm not a snake
> Get shot anyway

> See a boulder that isnt moving
> Has some gems on it
> Decide to take gem
> Jump onto boulder
> Immediately die from brain damage
> Boulder shoots me

100/100 will scream "THIS IS F*CK*NG B*LLSH*T" at my computer again. If you are a nice person, don't play this game because you will leave the game a horrible, bitter, spiteful person.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
483.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
I am addicted.

Challenging but fair, secrets to explore, every game is a new experience, a different kinda soundtrack and most of all, it is so much fun fun fun.
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34 of 49 people (69%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
bro loading into this game was the best experience in the world like i straight up busted a nut when the main menu music started. i kind of had to sit there for a while to soak in the harmony. like remember when you first logged into runescape and went through Tutorial Island and listened to the trumpet in Newbie Melody blast in your ear as you learned how to cut wood and kill rats then spawning into lumby castle and listening to Harmony caress your inner ear damn but yeah this game is hella tight you should get it
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
117.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Spelunky is rouge-like that has randomly generated levels. It has a plethora of items, enemies, and level types. It is a fairly challenging game, which can be played by yourself or with up to 3 others. However, the co-op mode is bad since all players are forced on the same screen. Overall this games comes highly recommended from me because of its difficulty and replayability.
The Good:
  • Solid controls. Whether you are using a controller or keyboard, the controls feel very nice and there is no input lag.
  • Randomly generated levels. Every level in Spelunky is randomly generated, making it very fun with high replayability. No level feels the same. The levels generate nicely, not once has there been a time where the exit was blocked or something else was wrong.
  • Daily Challenge The Daily Challenge is a randomly generated level that is the same for everyone. It is different everyday and can only be played once that day. That way everyone has the experience. Scores are recorded on a leader board. This keeps the game interesting after you've played it a lot and gives a reason to come back.
  • Lots of items and enemies. Plenty of items and enemies are included in the game. There are some that are only found in certain levels, and others you'll see every run. Also, there are unlockable and playable characters hidden in the game that you can find.
  • Level variety. There are multiple different level themes: mines, forest, ice caves and the temple to name a few. There are also several hidden worlds with their own themes that you can find. Also, some levels have different 'feels', which add different layouts and mechanics to the level.
  • Difficulty. Spelunky is a very balanced game. It has just the right difficulty where you will always blame yourself for failing, and start another run because this time you will do better. It may seem unfair at first, but after playing several times you will understand the mechanics better and how to fix your mistakes.
  • Graphics. The HD graphics that Spelunky uses are absolutely beautiful and fit the feel of the game nicely.
  • Deathmacth. The deathmatch co-op mode has plenty of different levels, which can be unlocked by playing the main game. It is a highly entertaining mode, although the bots are a bit dumb at times.
The Bad:
  • The ghost. After spending exactly 2 minutes and 30 seconds in a level, a (basically) invulnerable ghost will appear. It will kill you immediately if it comes in contact with you. Personally I do not mind this, but I put it in the bad section because it seems to annoy a lot of new players.
  • Co-op. In Spelunky, you have the option to do a run with up to three other players. The downfall of co-op is that every player shares the same screen. There is no split-screen. This can cause many issues such as a player falling off the screen, forcing players to go the same speed, and more.
  • Off-screen occurrences. Sometimes things that happen off-screen, such as a poisonous snake spitting on a shop keep, can ruin an entire run. This is obviously not the players fault and can be very disappointing when it is the cause of your failure.
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