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 (5,004 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
107 of 111 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
139.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
123 hours and 493 deaths later, I have finally conquered this beast.

Don't be fooled by the seemingly simple gameplay. On the inside, this is a very complex game.

In the beginning, you gleefully frolic through a beautiful system of caves hoarding every piece of shining gold or gleaming jewel in sight. "This is great!" you think to yourself as you open a chest full of rubies and emeralds. You start to whistle a tune as you delve deeper into the caverns. Then you see a golden idol. Excitedly, you grab it. The caves start to shake as a giant boulder comes tumbling toward you at high speeds. With a lucky jump, you survive the huge ball of death. A few seconds later, a spider comes out of nowhere and knocks you down a pit, where you're met with an angry old shopkeeper who is maniacally running, jumping, and firing his shotgun. You're struck with a bullet and sent over a ledge. As you slam into the ground, an arrow is launched from an inconveniently placed trap directly into your face. As you might imagine, you're now dead. Adding insult to injury, your lifeless corpse is flung directly into a pit of spikes.

This experience leaves you speechless. As you recover from this ordeal, you think to yourself "That wasn't fair." Little do you know, the whole thing was entirely your fault. You had failed to thoroughly scan your surroundings before grabbing that cursed piece of gold. Turns out, the boulder had obliterated an altar, causing a swarm of angry spiders to begin making their way to you. After this, the boulder rolled down a hole and smashed into the wall of a weapon shop, sending the shopkeeper into a violent frenzy. This is when one of the provoked spiders jumps onto your unsuspecting head and sends you to your doom.

Nearly everything in this game can lead to your death.


There are many lessons to learn in this game. With every run, you increase in knowledge and skill. Eventually you make your way out of the caves, and your in a foreign place filled with all kinds of new things that want to kill you. That blue frog looks kinda cute, right? WRONG. That "cute" blue frog HATES YOU. It will stop at nothing to murder you.

With every death and every success, you suddenly have a bunch of new questions. "What is that fleshy thing sticking out of the wall?" "What happens if I blow this up?" "Can I safely traverse this terrain?" "Why does that gravestone say 'Ash' on it?" You must find the answer to these questions. There is a great feeling of satisfaction and confidence every time you discover something new.


Overall, Spelunky is an amazing game. It will not fail to entertain, and will keep you coming back for more. There is plenty to discover, with lots of secrets and surprises. It's very unforgiving, and you will have to be vigilent and persistent if you want to conquer it. The extremely challenging achievements assure you that there is always another goal to reach.

Go ahead, give it a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
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114 of 137 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
You thought Dark Souls was a challenge?
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH no
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48 of 61 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
56.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Initially when I started playing Spelunky I was lost. It took me completely by surprise, how much fun and adventure can be had from such a simple looking game.

While this game does look simple, underneath there is hella amount of complexity, logic and many hours of polished game play. The randomly generated maps keeps everything fresh and new as you climb around searching for treasure and for your escape.

The game is so addictive, you start playing, and then some more, and then a little but more...then you play one last game and one more after that...until you realize its 3 AM. I should also mention this game is horrendously hard. You die...you start all the way at the beginning again.

You will also need to play this with a controller, don't even attempt to play it with keyboard controls.

Buy Spelunky ASAP!
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Playing Coop:

"Oh, is that a giant pit with spikes at the bottom? Let me press X and whip you to your doom."

10/10 would shove a fork in friends eyes again.
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