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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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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
146.3 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Easily one of the best Roguelike games ever, and I'm not saying it lightly.

Gotta say first that this game is really the "love it or hate it" type due to its difficulty, it's grudgingly hard, but I can affirm that it's good difficulty, with frantic and fun gameplay all throughout the experience, and unlike some unfortunate games of the type, each playthroughs actually feel vastly different due to the amazing amount of content (unlike some other roguelike...). Add to that a very appealing art style and an awesome "tone" to it.

Your goal is to venture through randomly generated caves, searching for treasure, using bombs to blow up rocks and find gold 'n gems, ropes to climb up to a ledge or safety, and various items spread throughout the caves. There are 4 worlds of 4 levels each, which may use similar structures, but all the enemies, traps, and items are laid out differently as well, and can heavily affect the experience. The game uses very rudimentary controls; you run, jump, attack, and pick stuff up, sounds rather simple, and yet there are a lot of possibilities and stuff to do. That's how I like them best, simple to play, but still rich in possibilities.

Traps and enemies are very evil, as disaster can easily occur if you don't watch out for spikes, spiders, and whatnot, and you only have 1 life, with 4 HP to start with; if you're not careful, you're sent back to the beginning of the game. Other than the occasional offscreen arrow traps, and the rare chance that the RNG would annoy the shopkeepers to the point of shooting you (yes, I know what I wrote), it always felt that there was some way to deal with the many dangers, like throwing the many rocks to trigger explosives, and thanks to the fact that the game is rather short despite all things, going back to the beginning of the game doesn't feel as crappy, the punishment isn't that extreme, and you can always try again right away.

Each hazards has to be accounted for, you can't just use the same motor skills you'd use to put a spoon in your mouth like a lot of games, no, it keeps you on your toes at all times as you take cautious steps, or dispatch enemies in an efficient manner.

However, you can't take it too slow due to the Ghost, which instant kills you if it manages to slowly catch you. It may seem like just some unusual time limit, but it's due to it that you'll have to be taking more risks and searching for items more quickly, this ghastly figure could easily corner you in a dead end if you weren't ready, or blocking you from searching precious treasure, and the enemies you may have left alive aren't going to make you escape any easier. It makes the game even more frantic and challenging. Plus, for the stuntmen, it can make your gems more valuable... Truly, the Ghost makes the whole game, a single enemy that builds the whole experience, such simple brillance that I HAD TO DO A SEPERATE PARAGRAPH FOR IT.

I've rarely seen such a formidable balance of hazards, they all hold themselves together so well there's never any downtime.

The items you get are randomized, and can heavily affect your playthrough. In one, you could get a bunch of bomb bags, or a box of 12, to then blow up holes at your heart's contempt, in the other you could find a Teleporter which... well, teleports you around the place (at your own risks), or in the other hand, if you find a lot of money, you could always have the choice to trade it for an item at the many shops in the caves. Obviously, there are many other weapons and tools, each with their own little uses, that can also reflect on the way you'd want to go deeper. There may be the occasionnal crappy runs, like getting no items and shops that offer squat, but you generally have enough of a chance to make it through.

There are also random events that can happen, such as dark caves where you have to light your way, a Damsel that if you manage to save, gives you a precious heart, sacrificial altars where you could put said Damsel, and even alternate paths that are hinted by your character's remarks.

Often, other games that have randomized levels sort of fall flat due to the lack of options you have, it wouldn't really matter if these blocks are now over there, it would leave to the same overall experience. Spelunky however has enough elements that helps making each playthroughs feel vastly different.

For the lesser skilled players, the Shortcut Man can always make... shortcuts, if you manage to bring him whatever he needs, which means you could skip on these brown caves finally, at the cost of potential items, but even grandma could eventually get to the ending at least. Additionally, for those who are in for another challenge, get ready for the mystery of the City of Gold, where you'll have to be going through the whole game in a single playthrough, solving its riddle, and even getting to a secret, even more grandiose ending. Oh, and there's always the hype about getting highscores, for those who likes that kind of stuff.

I love, and I mean, LOVE, the art style. It's cartoony, cute, and even eerie, the game has a bizarre array of enemies like bees, vampires, and mummies, that makes for a fun roster, and the environments are delightful. Moreover, it also has this special "attitude", a more subtle, serious tone, and a badass atmosphere to it, that differentiates it from the many other cartoony games, similar to how the SNES Donkey Kong Country games did it. It's cartoony, but also realistic for kids and adults to enjoy, it's an art style that will never age.

On a side note, this game is actually a remake of the freeware version of the same name, which does hold itself pretty well still, so question is: Is there a point to buy this HD remake? I would say yes, for one thing the graphics are easier on the eyes, controls received a massive overhaul, and there are enough additions to make it worth the price, or even a revisit for those who played it first.

Spelunky HD may be overwhelming at first, and Nintendo Hard, but it does so many things right and has so much content that it'd be hard to complain. Rarely does a roguelike ever gets its own formula right, each playthroughs actually feel vastly different, and the gameplay's frantic and fun, so expect a lot of replay value. The commitment is well worth it.
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2 of 2 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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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
3 people found this review funny
34.4 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Side effects may include:
>Losing your job, girlfriend, hair, and mind
>Wasting hundreds of hours of your waking life on ever failing attempts to win
>No small amount of brain damage
>Fear of bats and store clerks
>Failing school
>Gaining a keen desire to become a spelunker
>And monkey murdering
9/11 where did my life go?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
95.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Defile ancient tombs and rob old people.
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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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Product received for free
This game wasn't made by humans

This game was made by the Devil

The Devil stole Gaben's soul

Gaben offered the Devil

To harvest the souls of Steam users, whilst he keeps his soul

Thus, the Devil made a soul harvester and disguised it as a game

Gaben put the ''game'' on Steam

And thus, Spelunky was born.
This is one of those hard games on Steam

Not a rogue-like, but a rogue-lite game

It features:
-Procedurally generated levels, producing unique caves on every playthrough, with different enemies, items, and terrain
-Over 50 different types of enemies, each with unique abilities
-16 unlockable characters
-God knows how many traps
-10 different areas
-An eggplant
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232 of 238 people (97%) found this review helpful
64 people found this review funny
144.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2015
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 you're 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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186.5 hrs
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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1,448.6 hrs
Posted: October 20
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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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50.2 hrs
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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24.1 hrs
Posted: October 15
I could play this game forever!!! Spelunky is a must have for hardcore platformers.
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15.8 hrs
Posted: October 15
This is one of my TOP 10 favorite games. A must have.
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66.6 hrs
Posted: October 14
You might hate this game, but you'll continue to play it. It's the same thing if you hate yourself :)))))
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33.6 hrs
Posted: October 14
Spelunking is a game with the perfect balance of challenge, rage and fun. Its easy to pick up and play, but hard to master and actually win, but this is a type of game where losing just motivates you to beat it more. Multiplayer is a clusterf*ck but a super fun feature. My one wish really is that online multiplayer was an option.
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6.9 hrs
Posted: October 13
despite spending hudreds of hours on this game (outside of steam) I have never once, or can hope to beat it.

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