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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.
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 the 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
87 of 92 people (95%) found this review helpful
439 products in account
12 reviews
32.5 hrs on record
I've played around 30 hours of Spelunky at this point. I am worlds better at it than I was when I first picked it up. But on my best run I still haven't even gotten to the final world yet. More often than not I can't even make it past the second world. Truth be told, I just died on the very first level on the last game I played.

So why am I giving Spelunky a thumbs up?

Because the game is fun. And fair. Mostly fair, at least.

Let's get this out of the way: Spelunky is a hard game. 30 hours in and I haven't even seen the final title set of the game. But what keeps me coming back to it is that almost every time I die, it's my fault. Spelunky rewards caution and harshly punishes hubris. While learning the ins and out of the game can be frustrating in the beginning (unless you fear spoilers, I might suggest watching a Let's Play of the game before you start just so you don't immediately get murdered), the feeling you get once you get the hang of the enemies and traps is great. By the time you feel start to feel overconfident, you make to the next world where the game humbles with new enemies and traps.

Tiki traps are still the bane of my existence, by the way.

The random generation of the levels keeps the game from feeling stale, even as you base your head against the same tile-set over and over again. As I mentioned before, the game keeps things mostly fair, though I have run into a map generated in such a way that if I didn't have bombs I could not continue, but this has only happened once or twice in 200+ runs. The traps and enemies are also mostly fair (outside of the occasional off-screen arrow trap that gets triggered before you can see it, and such).

So, seriously, if you have any stomach for rogue-like games, give Spelunky a try. Please. I could use some people new to the game so my score isn't consistantly at the bottom of the Daily Challenge anymore.
Posted: April 8th, 2014
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
247 products in account
1 review
172.7 hrs on record
Murder, theft, kidnapping...how I became addicted to a game whose title doesn’t sound like a throwback 2D platformer.

Spelunky, a game that looks like it was made by Nintendo and sounds like a special move in an adult entertainment production. To an outsider, Spelunky probably looks and seems like another goofy indie game with cartoony graphics and canned gameplay. That assumption couldn’t be further from reality, Spelunky is a brutal, unforgiving game requiring a high degree of skill and patience, while using it’s innocent, unsuspecting art to promote a violent and criminal plot following a degenerate tomb raider who makes Indiana Jones look like a choirboy.

Spelunky is not only one of the best indie games I’ve played, it’s one of the best 2D platformers I’ve played to date (going back as someone who played terrible platformers on the Atari 2600). What makes Spelunky great is it’s addictive, procedural level design that rewards patience and strategy while punishing recklessness, dying is extremely easy so each death serves as a lesson to hopefully teach your dumbass how to navigate for the next playthrough. People with ADD or those who enjoy being guided through games with relatively no resistance (99% of modern games) will have a tough time with this game as they’ll die 20 or 30 times before making it through the first world and will likely rage quit. There are times where Spelunky is so brutal that instead of getting angry, you’ve reached the stage of delirium where you begin to develop a psychotic laugh when you save up 10 hearts, make it to the ‘last’ level, take a safe step to the right, activate an arrow trap, get smashed in the face, get thrown across the level, bounce of 3 walls and then somehow land in a pool of lava even after your carefully planned and executed run up until that moment. At that point, anger is futile, enjoy the hilarity and get your ♥♥♥ back to the cave.

Gameplay

In terms of gameplay, Spelunky is a rogue-like where you aim to complete levels across 4 or more worlds while ‘collecting’ treasure, ‘defeating’ monsters and ‘rescuing’ damsels (stealing precious metals, murdering innocent wildlife and kidnapping unsuspecting civilians). The gameplay promotes careful, thought-out movements and actions but the controls are so tight and responsive that you can hold turbo like an idiot (like I normally do) and try to fly across the map while getting every last resource even if it means a tragic and boneheaded death, that’s the allure of Spelunky, like dating a girl fresh out rehab, the potential is there but it’s likely going to end in disaster. With that said, to maximize enjoyment and effectiveness in this game, I’d highly recommend using a controller, preferably the Xbox 360 one, I couldn’t imagine playing this with a keyboard. During your crime-filled adventure, you’ll come across a variety of weapons, items and powerups, because of the procedural nature of the game, you can’t really plan on getting certain items since there’s no guarantee they’ll even show up, randomization does that. It is a double-edged effect however, there are runs where you’ll get more than you can carry; a jetpack, plasma cannon, all the good boots, 15 hearts (my record is 18) and still have to sacrifice some of it if you want to reach certain areas of the game.

Replayability is at the same level as The Binding of Isaac, a game that I dropped over 300 hours on Steam into and plan on doing all over again when Rebirth gets released (if you haven’t played Isaac, you’re a bad individual and you should feel bad). There’s so much to do in Spelunky that you should easily have hundreds of hours of gameplay, the average ‘run’ takes about 30-40 minutes if you’re taking your time and trying to get as much loot as possible. Games like these are a great change of pace because they aren’t a huge time commitment like most PC games are (looking at you Civ 5) and they allow you to sit back and relax with a controller (although there’s very little relaxing in this game unless you’re on some strong tranquillisers). At writing, I’m about 130 hours in and I finally reached hell for the first time this past week, just to paint a picture of how much time is needed in order to get good enough to beat the whole game. As if the game couldn’t get any better, it also has a deathmatch and co-op mode, which is likely not as big of a deal for PC gamers since it’s only offline (no online co-op does suck, but is a very small issue), still something fun to play if you’re sitting around with some friends and everyone has controllers.

Another gameplay element worth mentioning is destruction, although explosives are relatively hard to come by, when you stock up enough of them you can start to take chunks out of the level to try and access loot. The levels are varied but consistent, you won’t be able to get all of the loot in every level but if you’re resourceful and strategic you should be able to clear out 90% of the content while avoiding death at the end (play the game to find out what I mean). The items are also pretty well crafted, they all have literal uses and as you play the game you’ll realize they have secondary uses. The design choices in Spelunky were really well thought out and are all there to help improve the gameplay, which is all that should matter. When you’re over 100 hours in a game and still discovering cool gameplay mechanics that only make the game experience better, you know the developers put a lot of thought into the design.

Verdict

It’s a shame that a lot of people will never play a game like Spelunky because of their preconceived notions regarding indie games, platformers, colourful artwork, a game that only costs $15 or less (I only paid $3.74 thanks to a trusty Steam sale), or games that sound like degrading sexual escapades. In any event, it’s your loss if you’re reading this and still are not convinced. If you’re too cheap to buy the game for $15, add it to your wishlist and get it on sale, even if you’re too useless to ever play the game, at least you’ll have supported a developer who if more companies took after we’d have a new era of engaging, thought-provoking games that reward skill and strategy instead of spamming you with ‘achievements’ just for booting the game up while it carries you through the entire experience with no challenge.
Posted: March 17th, 2014
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
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1 review
141.6 hrs on record
It's like a dog, a dog you love very much, that one day starts to uncontrollably poo everywhere. You love that dog. That dog is your dog. You can't put the dog down. Therefore you live with the dog. Continue to play with the dog. Clean the dog and feed it. The dog is this game.
Posted: May 19th, 2014
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
331 products in account
64 reviews
179.9 hrs on record
It's like a mix between roguelike gameplay and... some really hard and awesome 2d vertical platformer where you save dogs, collect gold and crates, explore a gigantic world filled with so many things, and die.
A lot.
You will die. Over and over again.

Anyways, the more you play the game, the farther you get, and the more and more places and varieties you get to explore.

I love this game, and if so many peoples' huge playtimes and what you see on the store page isn't enough, I really think this is a must have.

In other words, buy it, because it's fun, and it never gets old because of how vastly different it can be every time you play it, which will be a lot.

Easily one of the greatest games ever made :)

10/10 will probably die hundreds of times more go to Hell.
Eventually.
But in a good way I swear.
Posted: March 9th, 2014
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
238 products in account
28 reviews
127.3 hrs on record
This game will consume your life.

One more game. One more game. One more game...
Posted: February 19th, 2014
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305 of 351 people (87%) found this review helpful
627 products in account
9 reviews
38.3 hrs on record
A superb platformer with rogue-like elements. Behind the cutesy graphics lies a world of randomly-generated levels filled with deadly traps, weapons, monsters, and treasures. You will die more times than you can count; but the game has a strange way of making you come back for more.

Highly recommended if you're a fan of platformers, roguelikes, or challenging games.
Posted: September 1st, 2013
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