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 (5,968 reviews) - 91% of the 5,968 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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luodog
( 20.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
-played for 20 minutes
-got to ice caves
-instantly die because i fell of the map
-repeat
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Reimanne
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Difficult yet not very rewarding. I tried to play the game a bit longer just to get that satisfying feeling of achieving something. But no, I always end up doing little mistakes that cause me to die faster than I can take a dump.
The game has a lot of potential being a great game for me, but the frustrating difficulty for the game that doesn't even look hard leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The practice can make enjoy the game more but that will take time and pationts. Maybe someday I learn to like this game more.

Overall, a good game that's just too annoying for me.
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Onebadterran
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Curator Review:

This Rogue-Like Platformer has captured the hearts of thousands as it took the Steam Stores by storm in 2013. Take control of a novice spelunker and watch yourself turn into a masterful tactician of the game. With each dive you learn a little more about the game and the game pushes you further and further. The game is not only addictive with each successive dive but it is also elegant in its' fully destructible and procedurally generated terrain. This game is a piece of art with how it accomplishes entertaining players. Unfortunately, it does not have a story, and that is a big loss for me. That being said, there are few games that come better designed than this. 8.1/10

https://youtu.be/mwy60xgLoFE
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Patterner
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
failed "RT + A" part of tutorial 2
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RubiSparkle
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Yet another extremely attractive indie game where your playtime consists of meaningless runs where you ended up accomplishing literally nothing.

Similar in concept to games like The Binding of Isaac, Spelunky has you going through various randomised levels until you manage to not screw up enough to make it past all the unforgivable enemies and environments.

By unforgivable, I mean that everything moves fast, knockbacks with the power of The Thing, and your mercy invulnerability lasts for a small fraction of a second. Additionally, dynamite explodes instantly when grazed by blood splatter, all objects hurt and knock you back if they have even teeniest bit of velocity, and the League of Shopkeepers will hunt you down if a spider dies by an arrow trap at their doorstep.

Despite all the annoying bits of fake difficulty, Spelunky has that charming something that keeps you playing, and when you finally get out of the first set of levels, you can already feel the satisfaction and the need to push forward. That is something that few games manage to accomplish.

Quite worth the price tag, 4.5/5
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Ishvii
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Excellent platforming / puzzle / mining game. Found it pretty difficult to start off with but you do improve. Addictive, nice graphics. Not as good as Steamworld Dig.
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Ness1228
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Product received for free
After reading many other user reviews, I was worried I was gonna hate this game. Fortunately, this game (for me, at least) falls into the catagory of "very hard, unfair at times yet still fun to play nonetheless". As of writing this review, the furthest I've ever made it was 1-4, but each run has me being more cautious and learning from previous mistakes while still trying not to take too long due to the invincible ghost enemy appearing after a while. The controls and game physics aren't hard to get used to, and there's even a replayable tutorial that covers all the basic fundamentals of gameplay.

And now, I'm going to mildly address the most prevalent issues I've seen in the negative reviews, acknowledging that while they can be bad things, they don't have to be bad:
  • The ghost that appears after a while encourages you to keep moving through the mines instead of farming one level for too many points.
  • The ledge-grabbing mechanic frustrations can be somewhat mitigated if you can sorta predict that the character is going to grab the ledge, just hold down and spam the jump button so your character instantly lets go to continue falling, or press the jump button to instantly hop up. You can even hold the direction facing away from the ledge to 'walljump' off the ledge you're hanging off.
  • You can only carry one item at a time; this includes weapons, damsels in distress, and the golden artifact on each level. The exit to each level is located towards the lower parts of the level (hence the name, "spelunky"), and gravity exists and works 100% of the time. Toss things down (after checking for spikes, of course) and come back to get them as needed. The throwing in this game is very generous; I feel the player character could end his career as a spelunker and make just as much money as a professional baseball pitcher.
In conclusion, I think this game is very fun if played casually, as it's very easy to see how mind-numbingly frutrating it can be if one plays this game for completion/achievements.
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nefarious1985
( 13.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Awesome game, amazing replay value, and it has a great community. If you're looking for a fun game that you may still be playing a few years down the road, then this is it.
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TPhaster
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Really liked this one. It's a simple, 5-minute, platformer... yet it's not! In fact this horribly difficult, inconspicuously complex, surprisingly deep, time-consuming game have taken away many hours from my evening life. But it was fun :).

At first glance Spelunky may appear as just another revamped platform classic, however you should not flatten it like this. These several features have made Spelunky an unique experience:
  • it's a perfect example of Bushnell's Law ("All the best games are easy to learn and difficult to master...") - you will beat the tutorial in a few minutes, but after a half thousand of plays and with feeling that you're a decent spelunker, there still will be a lot to unveil. These two states are separated by huge amount of stupid deaths in viciously generated worlds, though these should not dishearten you (and it won't if you only get through a dozen or so).

  • death is fine - you really should get used to dying! In most of your games you will end up bitten by a monster, empaled on spikes or caught by a ghost. It's fine because completing the game would take half an hour... if only you're skilled enough and the only way of getting skilled is dying. Each death teaches you something and with experience comes great skill.

  • rouge-like - no more already visited locations and repeatedly seen levels. Every world is randomly generated from scratch, so you won't encounter the same arrangement twice (although soon you will notice some patterns). This randomness require experience, no fixed recipes will work down there.

  • a lot of variety - each level have a theme and some also have a level feeling. In each theme you will find new monsters, traps and mysteries. Also there is a bunch of bonus locations, not so easy to find and get through. I would strongly recommend using Spelunky Wikia, cause discovering everything by yourself will take ages.
One small flaw, unluckily Spelunky lacks an out-of-the-box online multiplayer. That would be a lot of fun.

Have fun spelunking!
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35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
706.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
This game is perfect.

You can beat it in less than 7min if you're good, or take more than 1h if you want a higher score.
999 out of 1000 deaths could be avoided if you were a bit more careful.
There are no repeat levels. Every time is a new experience.
I'm yet to find a bug in over 660h.
Runs perfectly on potatoes and NASA machines.
Controls are really smooth. You do exactly what you pressed.
Music is great. Visuals are great.
There's a pug who lick your face do restore health!

10/10
Best roguelike game ever made.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Sometimes I want to gouge my eyes out... but other times I want to keep playing... and not a lot of games can do both at the same time.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Let's say you fit into some of following traits or characteristics,

Impatient
Easily Frustrated
Winning orientated
Hate restarting/ No evident progression.

Let's just say if your going to win at spelunky then it will take TIME, you will not always WIN, you will have to RESTART a lot without much EVIDENT PROGRESSION besides your journal/ knowledge of the game and this game is FRUSTRATING at times due to going to fast or IMPATIENCE. If you feel like you can handle this then keep reading.

Spelunky allows you to go fast but becomes much more difficult if you do. For example

See all these people complaining about getting hit by, say a dart trap off the screen? if you play slower you can see the dart trap before it fires and same goes for many of these complaints frequently seen including most enimies.

Falling on spikes/traps, look where you're going or use your ropes and bombs givin to you to help navigate the level

Running into enimies, sounds dumb and easily avoidable but considering what I said earlier and the skeletons that look just like skulls in the landscape AND traps, I can almost guarantee you will run into stuff and get hurt, possibly knocked into more danger (or a spike) that led to your death.

Although, the player can't be blammed for everything some things that the game could improve on are:

-The story, Pretty meh I don't care that much (See what I did there) look at my name if you didn't) My name is Meh.)

-Wall hanging/ attacking, I die frequently due to accidently hanging on walls or attacking in the wrong direction EVEN THOUGH I SWEAR I TURNED AROUND but this is probably just me being inexperienced with the game

- Shop keeper issues, Although I have not experienced this my self there are many ways a shop keeper can be unfairly angered, all of these ways involve an enemy hitting a shopkeeper even when the player has not interfered with the enemies AI or even seen the enemy or shopkeeper
resulting in a very angry old man and usually the players death Should have never angered that shopkeeper WAIT I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING STUPID GAME despite saying this I'm sure this is fairly uncommon.

- Co-op, The camera is a nightmare and there is no online co-op but there isn't many other problems

- I probably missed something so look at some more reviews but these are all my issues

NOW ON TO THE PART WHERE I SUCK ON THIS GAMES LONG BUTTERSCOTCH CANDY

so tl;dr

Spelunky is a fantastic roguelike with many original elements combined with great platforming, it is very difficult and challenging allowing for many hours of gameplay (Much more then my current amount). On top of that the game being randomly generated adds variety to the experience and the secrets/achievements/journal that will keep you playing even after you think you have done everything. Although the game has it's problems they are compensated for in the gameplay, looks, difficulty, awesome items, maps and traps this game entails. I bought this game for the low low price of $3 and I would reccomend buying it even at it's full price of $15.

Buy this game
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
So i saw this game and thought "yeah i played Tboi + Rebirth on 100% (without Afterbirth tho :P ) and loved it, this looks similar so why dont just try it when its on sail".
In my opinion it's even better than Tboi and most other Rogue-like games i've played, but since i "only" played ~20 hours i will just summarise my first impression here:

+It's difficult. Seriously. One small mistake and you might be dead. Permadeath gg. Some people may not like this feature, but for me it creates tension throughout the entire run
+The seed aka the randomly generated world isnt the most important thing, skill matters a lot more
+I like the art style :P
+You can really "feel" the learning curve. I struggled when getting through the 1st area during my first few hours, now it's a lot better (easy to learn - hard to master blabla you get the point)
+I also like the music :T
+A lot of stuff to discover
+And a ♥♥♥♥♥on of eastereggs

-Could have some more soundtracks
-Sometimes it gets reeaally unfair and frustrating, you get rekt without being able to do much :P on the other hand its probably possible to avoid those situations too, you just need experience
-No real story

Uh yeah, that's it I guess. If you are a fan of Permadeath games you will enjoy this one. I do at least ^^
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I am terrible at this game, but it is a great game.

It's my go-to, too-drunk-to-learn-a-new-game game.

Which is probably why I haven't ever progressed past the second world.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
59.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Lots of content. Endless entertainment. One of my all time favorites.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
80.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Spelunky is randomly generated, and forces you to get better if you want to win, I've never gotten the same level twice. You can't just memorize levels like you can in games like Meat Boy. The levels are always fair too, despite being randomly generated, I never feel cheated by the game when I die and I always blame myself.

Over all, I give this game nine Burgah boy snot burgah pukes, out of ten potential snot Burgah Boy throw up Bugel Boy snot pukes.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Gameplay: 10/10
Visuals: 10/10
Music: 10/10
Replay Value: 10/10

I only have 15 min on steam having played this but I've played it for hours elsewhere and I can say the experience is more or less identical.

Spelunky is addicting, fun, and very punishing. The easiest way to lose in this game is to be careless. Fall damage hurts you and while that is something I usually hate in platformers, it works here. Things like fall damage, spikes that kill you in one hit, and leaps of faith because you were too cheap to use a rope or blew em all already, really make this game something special. You have to constantly have your wits about you because any wrong mistep can kill you especially from the second world and onward. Taking a golden idol or throwing a bomb the wrong way can turn the sweet prize you just got sour if the shop keeper is disturbed and then goes on a murderous rampage. You will probably play plenty of levels over and fortunately unlike plenty of other games Spelunky's randomly generated levels are extremely entertaining and never got boring to me. The key to winning is precision and awareness.

All that said the art for this game is top notch. Enemy designs are cute and fun as are the characters and each level is full of life and color. As for the soundtrack? It gets a 10/10 from me. I almost didn't feel it was worth mentioning but the story what little there is really isn't important as its not why you should want to play this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
The first rogue-like that I ever played and is still as addicting as ever.
I've known this game since the classic version came out and I still love it, especially since the HD version adds more content (and excludes some (bow, pistol, ect.)). You will die a lot, that is a fact. You should play as carefully as possible until you master most of the enemies and game mechanics, keep in mind that after 2 minutes and 30 seconds a spooky ghost will chase you all over the map.
You can check the classic version for free and decide for yourself if it's a game for you.

9.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Spelunky it's a random platformer game, always changing I guess it's also rogue type, none the less I've loved each second on it, it's fun to explore and think how to get out alive to the next level, it also has a lot of Mayan stuff references, as I live in Mexico that's a plus for me.
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