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 (3,850 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
122 of 130 people (94%) found this review helpful
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 8
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80 of 97 people (82%) found this review helpful
199.5 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 19
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
53.2 hrs on record
More death than Dark Souls, more damsels than Mario, more torture than The Binding of Isaac and more fun than all of them put together!
Posted: July 5
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Spelunky will make you addicted in a strange way.
You will die a lot and will keep coming back.
To succeed, stay alert all the time and don't rush.
This is a slow game that requires patience.
Be prepared to clock dozens of hours.
Posted: June 26
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
20.9 hrs on record
Spelunky is now my favorite rogue-like game. It’s charming, funny, polished, challenging, and incredibly rewarding when things work out for you. There’s tons of awesome secrets, and lots of hilarious situations that can occur. For example: You pick up a golden idol from a trapped pedestal, and a huge boulder rolls across the screen demolishing everything. You get away safely, but this boulder smashes into an item shop, and so the shopkeeper goes berserk, grabs his shotgun, and chases after you. The boulder also destroyed a nearby temple and ♥♥♥♥ed off a goddess, who unleashes a horde of spiders on you. All of the different entities in the game have so many ways of interacting with each other that the game never runs out of new experiences.
There’s a good variety of items and powerups, and optional hidden levels, which also make each run very different.

Spelunky does get frustratingly hard at times though. (Damn those spike traps in the jungle area!) If they toned down the difficulty a tiny bit, I think the game would be perfect.
Posted: June 24
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309 of 358 people (86%) found this review helpful
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 1, 2013
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