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  • Summary: Spelunky is a unique platformer with randomized levels that offer a new and challenging experience each time you play.

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14th Annual Independent Games Festival winner for Excellence in Design - Spelunky
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 8, 2013
    100
    I think I could play Spelunky forever, and now that it has come home to PC, assuring its permanence, I believe I will.
  2. Sep 9, 2013
    96
    Straightforward and replayable, Spelunky is precision engineered to make death fair, funny, and a story worth sharing.
  3. Oct 23, 2014
    95
    Excellent randomly generated level design and very high difficulty. There is no doubt that Spelunky is one of the greatest 2D roguelike platforms ever created.
  4. Aug 8, 2013
    90
    This is a superb 2D platformer that’s as easy to hate as it is to love, and your patience for punishment will be the determining factor. Players who live to overcome abusive challenges and obsess over discovering new things will hunger for Spelunky's deeply rewarding exploration.
  5. Aug 7, 2013
    86
    Pick up Spelunky if you’re a fan of actiony roguelike games, supremely challenging platformers, or if you’re simply a gaming masochist who finds themselves griping about how too damn easy games are nowadays.
  6. Aug 14, 2013
    85
    As Spelunky makes it way to the PC, the rewards and dangers are just as alluring as they were one year ago.
  7. Sep 19, 2013
    80
    A few years ago, Spelunky was a unique phenomenon. Now, when its ideas have been adopted and improved upon by Super House of the Dead Ninjas, Binding of Isaac, and Rogue Legacy, this remake is simply first among equals.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 90
  2. Negative: 25 out of 90
  1. Aug 3, 2015
    10
    Spelunky is very challenging but consistently fun. It took me 369 attempts to finally build up enough skill to beat the game (roughly 100Spelunky is very challenging but consistently fun. It took me 369 attempts to finally build up enough skill to beat the game (roughly 100 hours of game time spread over the course of two years), but it was an amazing and fun journey along the way!

    Most of the negative reviews I have read on Metacritic basically boil down to complaints that "the game is too hard." Yes, it is hard. Very hard. Only 7% of players who own the game have beaten it, according to Steam statistics.

    But even though the game is challenging, it is not unfair. It actually works like clockwork - once you start understanding how a system works (be it an arrow trap, a bat, or a snake), you can perfectly predict how it will behave the next time you encounter it.

    Every time you fail (and you will fail many times), you will eventually begin to realize that it was simply a failure in execution. Each death means you did something wrong, and you can correct that mistake the next time you encounter a similar situation.

    In order to become skilled at this game, you need to experiment, make mistakes, dust yourself off, and try again. The game, in other words, is nearly 100% skill-based. A very skilled player can beat the game most times they play. A good friend of mine can now complete the game on roughly 50% of his attempts. It just takes hundreds of hours of practice to become that good.

    This game requires a lot of practice and hard work, and you will experience heartbreaking failures along the road to victory, but each time you play, you will feel like you have improved. It's that constant sense of improvement and achievement that keeps you coming back.

    I consider this game to be a masterpiece in skill-based platformer design. If you have the patience to fail and try again, learning along the way, Spelunky is incredibly rewarding and fun. If you can't handle losing, or if the idea of having to work hard to build up a skill doesn't sound fun to you, then it's probably better to avoid this game.
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  2. Aug 2, 2016
    10
    Buy it. Spelunky is very punishing, but the incredibly precise controls make sure that it is almost never the games fault that you died, butBuy it. Spelunky is very punishing, but the incredibly precise controls make sure that it is almost never the games fault that you died, but yours. Also you can defeat a boss with a eggplant. Expand
  3. Jul 4, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Spelunky is a game that requires an innumerable amount of skill. The challenges are nearly impossible to achieve, and require an immense amount of time to achieve. Needless to say these challenges will give you that great feeling of achievement afterward. The levels are randomized well, so the experience is rarely the same. There will be times that you get to skip levels, and times you will be challenged. There are many different items, an interesting shop (which u can even steal from), and multiple ways to beat the game. Overall this is a great, simple, challenging game that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a cheap and fun time. Expand
  4. Dec 2, 2013
    9
    Utter genius.
    Believe the hype and play a game that reminds of you of the games you played when you were a kid (you know, ugly-looking,
    Utter genius.
    Believe the hype and play a game that reminds of you of the games you played when you were a kid (you know, ugly-looking, damned hard, really rewarding, loads of personality secrets..)
    A must buy.
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  5. Dec 1, 2013
    7
    gave it a whirl and well.......glad it was on sale for a few bucks. Overall from my experience I ascertain this as a repetitive 2d sidegave it a whirl and well.......glad it was on sale for a few bucks. Overall from my experience I ascertain this as a repetitive 2d side scroller in the tradition of Mario, dk, castlevania, etc. without the unique variations that those titles retained. I was expecting large underground caverns and caves to explore; instead got a cramped lil area to digdug, kill a few badies, collect the same gems, and save a lost girl.

    Hardly unique and inspiring for players to enjoy. One other thing...the music is atrocious, so blatant retro and painful to listen to, with all the music opts available why this? UGH!!

    There is also blood so parents be warned!

    I gave it a seven for the sound effects, general controls and the graphics; which were decent.
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  6. Oct 1, 2020
    4
    Overrated game. Not funny at all, gets boring very quickly.

    It's a "die and learn" gameplay. That gameplay style died in the 90's, feels so
    Overrated game. Not funny at all, gets boring very quickly.

    It's a "die and learn" gameplay. That gameplay style died in the 90's, feels so unfair and tedious.
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  7. Dec 30, 2018
    0
    i hate this game from inside. i have 150 hours long and there is no way to progress.

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