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 (59 reviews) - 93% of the 59 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (6,070 reviews) - 91% of the 6,070 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

    • 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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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
211.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Alrighty. Beat Hell & Yama 9 times, Olmec even more. Think it's time to put Spelunky on the shelf, now that I've proven myself it was not a fluke. It's given me great pleasure for dozens upon dozens of hours. Doing casual Hell runs has slowly lost its appeal though.
A great rogue-like with tons of replay value, secrets and many goals. Heartily recommend it to everyone. Has a somewhat steep learning curve but the more you invest, the more the game gives back. Dying can be frustrating, disappointing or simply funny. Every now and then after bad runs one can loose his cool and botch up subsequent runs by the second, so it's better to give it a pause. Brute-forcing was not a good tactic for me.
Ingeniously well done level generation which almost always makes the game beatable but often will success be directly connected to early loot crates. Not as often as your frequent stupid faults though. Jetpack-Shotgun combo is the supreme and most satisfying way to go but many times you'll have to do without them.
Mechanics are at the focal point and beating the game neither the easy or hard way will be possible without mastering them. Once you get the feel of movement, level patterns and the right enemy tactics though, things will become much more manageable.
The perfect game for short gaming sessions. Deceptively cute looking, deep and varied platformer. Give it a try.

Farewell Spelunker. May your journeys be filled with gold.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
149.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
I played and completed this on the PS Vita a couple of years ago, and have since sold the console. Months went by and I still found myself missing Spelunky, wanting to play through it again. I bought it on Steam, and have since racked up about 100 hours, yet still come back for more. It's a near-perfect game. Sure there are a few frustrating moments when the shopkeeper gets angry because a snake spat at him, and you get the blame for it, or when you try to pick up your bomb from the floor to throw but you pick up a rock instead and die. But it's such an addictive, FUN game. I wish the developers were still actively supporting it, and could add some new content or challenges or fix some things, but even so, this is a very clear recommendation. One of my favourite indie games of all time.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I love this game, I only wish it had online co-op
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Hands down my favorite roguelike, this game has infinite replayability once you've gotten used to its design. Taking different approaches to playing is viable: between cautious, slow exploration, or fast-paced, speedrunning action, there's so many ways to play . However, this game is not for those who give up easily or expect this game to be finished in the span of a few hours. You'll need tens of hours before you'll be able to beat this game without shortcuts. And that's why I love this game so much, each victory is so well-earned and each death (usually) is your own fault. In short, this game is a masterpiece of the roguelike/lite genre and is a must play if you have even the slightest enjoyment in this genre.

Also, this game is very mod-friendly when it comes to skins and custom texures. Be sure to use Patchlunky and you can find a ton of mods over on this forum post . Be sure to scour the web for other mods as this isn't a complete list.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
-You want an action packed cave romp with unbelievable difficulty?!?!?

-Hell yeah!

-You want to whip and pepper your enimies with bullets as you are chased by elderly men?!?!?!


-You want to get filled with lead for violating a pug?!?!?!

-kind of?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
This game will make you pull your hair out, scratch out your eyes, and forfeit the entirety of your sanity..But one day, after a thousand tries (most likely literally a thousand) you will beat this game, maybe even on Hell mode, and some fractured sanity will be restored.
No sugar coating, no ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t, this is one of the hardest games you will ever play. But the mechanics are so cut/dry that if you die, it was most likely your fault. You can't blame this game and that's what had me coming back on console and on steam, over and over until I beat my first Hell run. And the replayability factor is like no other.

I could go on for hours and pages upon pages about how awesome this game is, but I'll leave it at this..Even if this game were $30 it would still be well worth it in my opinion. It's one of my all time favorite games, and one of the most satisfying mountains you could ever conquer as a gamer. Spelunky: Prepare to be Butt♥♥♥♥ed....
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
I could play this game forever!!! Spelunky is a must have for hardcore platformers.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
This is an excellent 2D platformer rogue-like for people that love a good challenge. Spelunky is very difficult and you will get very use to dying. The controls are very tight and with every death you'll know it was your fault and not the game cheating you out of a life. People who live through the abusive challenges and obsess over discovering new things about the world will love the rewarding exploration and gameplay of Spelunky.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
322.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I was an atheist, but now I belive in the RandomNumberLord, the One who decides it all. You're in a super-perfect run and the moment after a odd and nearly impossible chain of events kills you in a revolting cringing way. You are in a super dopey run and you will find the Holy Grail of the weapons in the game, totally useless since you already can't complete the game 100%.

1 - about 1000/2000$ for the flight to San Francisco to punch Derek Yu in the face.
2 - you will lose your current God/atheism/paganism.

1 - about 1000/2000$ for the flight to San Francisco to bow down before Derek Yu, the prophet of truth.
2 - you will know the Mighty God RNJesus and discover a new dumb world.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
154.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
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5.1 hrs
Posted: October 25
My favorite roguelike. Its a difficult but fair platformer that is randomly generated each playthrough. It has multiple paths and endings and is one of my all-time favorite platformers. You need to play this.
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3.0 hrs
Posted: October 25
There are two things that every Spelunky player will come to learn rather rapidly within their first fledgling hours with the game. The moment of epiphany whereupon these lessons become clear might be wildly different for everyone; maybe it comes as you plummet face first into a set of spikes, or get shotgun blasted into oblivion by an irate shopkeeper for the fifth time. No matter the scenario pans out, however, the conclusions are always the same – you will rapidly realise that Spelunky is both incredibly ruthless, and extremely addictive.

On the surface of thing, the game is quite simple to understand. You spawn into a randomly generated dungeon and slowly work your way down to the next floor, overcoming all the enemies and traps thrown at you, while picking up all the gold and items that you can to help you along the way. Yet this initials simplicity, along with the cartoony visuals, hides what is in fact a deeply challenging and skilful game. You’ll die a lot, but through the process of dying you slowly learn the nuance of things; how to trigger traps safely, what to do when, and so on. You’ll slowly plod further and further only to inevitably die again, upon which the cycle begins again. I spent endless hours on the Xbox 360 version of the game, but even now victory never feels guaranteed, and I learn more with each dive back into the breach. You can feel your knowledge developing and your overall skill improving, and it’s a great feeling indeed, and one that makes you keep wanting to come back.

Part of what adds to Spelunky’s rogue-like charm, however, is the fact that even with all the skill in the world, things can still get irretrievably out of hand pretty damn fast. Pretty much every action that you can do can have unforeseen consequences that can lead to an abruptly painful death... Heck, ever the actions of enemies off screen can lead to a cataclysmic chain of events that’s nigh-on impossible to escape from. On rare occasions this can be slightly irritating, especially when a good run is mercilessly crushed in such a way. Most of the time, however, you’ll be too busy laughing at the sheer unexpectedness of events to care that much; if fact, you’ll just be ready to go again, to see what odd situations you might find yourself in next.

If you start getting REALLY into the game, then things only start to get crazier in return, with some crazy secrets to be uncovered. For instance, There’s a whole chain of events to complete one by one, which in turn unlock a hidden city of gold and in turn the path to the true final boss... Doing so requires a fair amount of skill and a little dash of luck, but safe to say that it remains one of my favourite gaming challenges of recent years. For the die-hard player that you might become, there’s also the challenge of a high score run, or even a challenge where you do the opposite and avoid picking up points altogether. There are even daily challenges to keep you coming back to try your might against your friends and the best in the world… Put shortly, the challenge never ends.

If there’s one key criticism to be levelled against Spelunky, it’s that you really should be playing it with a controller. While there’s nothing strictly wrong with the keyboard controls, they feel a little cumbersome when it comes to doing some of the accuracy and twitch actions you need to succeed, and while the very original form of the game originated on PC, it’s hard to shake the feeling this version was designed with controllers in mind. Some people will swear by the keyboard, and that’s fair enough, but my opinion (and the opinion of most others if you look around online) would say you’ll get a much better experience if you get a controller in hand.

Overall, Spelunky is a brutal and merciless challenge, designed is such a clever way that you will always want to come back for more. Give it a shot.
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86.6 hrs
Posted: October 23
I really don't like the people who get mad about the ghost.
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Greety McWheety
7.0 hrs
Posted: October 22
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vaping jesus
25.0 hrs
Posted: October 21
Please help me I'm still falling
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1,463.4 hrs
Posted: October 20
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good guy harold
16.0 hrs
Posted: October 20
c00l gaem
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43.9 hrs
Posted: October 19
Difficult and fun arcade/rogue-like game. This is actually a remake, the original game was available for pc online for free somewhere.

If you like this, consider "Dwarf Fortress", which is also free.
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