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  • Summary: Spelunky 2 builds upon the unique, randomized challenges that made the original a roguelike classic, offering a huge adventure designed to satisfy players old and new. Meet the next generation of explorers as they find themselves on the Moon, searching for treasure and missing family.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 100
    A thunderous sequel that surpasses its already incredible predecessor in every way that counts, Spelunky 2 is the ultimate roguelike and ruthlessly inventive platformer that never stops surprising and delighting those who pick up the controller. There are perhaps far fewer better ways to close out a console generation than this.
  2. Oct 2, 2020
    91
    Despite my qualms with elements of Spelunky 2, I still can’t help to get “one more run” in hopes of getting that elusive win (over 1000 attempts and still a 0% victory rate). Even if I’ve achieved a victory, there are plenty of secrets waiting to be discovered! Rescuing the Spelunkys might end up in my list of unfulfilled rougelike checklist, but at least I’ll have had plenty of fun while I was attempting it.
  3. Sep 15, 2020
    90
    Spelunky 2 is, at the end of the day, more Spelunky, an unspeakably radiant generosity to the medium at large. Whether or not it’s perfect is beside the point, because it’s the very definition of a must-play game. While multiplayer could not be tested for this review, the addition of online co-op will likely set Twitch streams on fire, and the return of daily runs ensures that Spelunky 2 is a game that will happily remain installed for years to come, and may even improve with age.
  4. Sep 18, 2020
    90
    Spelunky 2 is more of Spelunky, and that is all it needs to be. It is still ridiculously enjoyable, packed with content, and the right mix of challenging and engaging. It's still going to kill you a half-dozen times, too. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it revitalizes an experience that risked going stale after a decade. The only downside is that the online experience isn't the best, but the rest of the game holds up great. If you liked Spelunky, then you'll like Spelunky 2, and if you never played the original, then Spelunky 2 is a great place to start. Just remember to always look before you leap.
  5. Sep 30, 2020
    90
    Spelunky 2 is the perfect evolution of the first game. One of the most fun experiences of this year.
  6. Sep 23, 2020
    80
    Spelunky 2 remains staunchly committed to its immaculate core design, demanding that we adapt to its rhythms and its secrets.
  7. Nov 4, 2020
    60
    Spelunky 2 is a divisive game. A masterpiece for those who swear by the reward at the end of their suffering, it will be painful and boring for those who want a fulfilling and contemporary experience. Even more difficult than the first game, it is undoubtedly frustrating because of its lack of pedagogy and progressiveness. Even for a game that wants to be difficult, the shock will be rough from the beginning.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Sep 17, 2020
    10
    Utterly beautiful in the classiest way and impeccable game design to the minutest detail by Derek Yu. The game to top in the next decade.
  2. Sep 17, 2020
    10
    Cenários e gameplay repleto de segredos, física aprimorada, novos caminho, música bem trabalhada, level design procedural de encher os olhos.Cenários e gameplay repleto de segredos, física aprimorada, novos caminho, música bem trabalhada, level design procedural de encher os olhos. Uma run nunca será igual a outra, te obrigando a melhorar como jogador. Pra quem busca um desafio, aqui está! Expand
  3. Dec 11, 2020
    10
    300 hours in and I'm sure I will be playing this game for the rest of my life.

    Superior to HD in every way except the music IMO but I turned
    300 hours in and I'm sure I will be playing this game for the rest of my life.

    Superior to HD in every way except the music IMO but I turned that off in both games fairly early on.

    There are so many secrets to be found and end game content to keep even the best players engaged for 100+ hours.

    Yes, it's harder than HD. No, that's not a bad thing.

    Early on I felt the game was unfair sometimes but with experience I have come to blame myself for the vast majority of my deaths.

    Derek Yu and Blitworks have been pushing out updates since lauch to make it the best possible experience.

    A must play for HD fans and anyone who enjoys difficult games.

    A masterpiece, in my opinion.
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  4. Sep 18, 2020
    10
    Easily the best platformer ever, the original had a great concept but levels felt empty and weren't very detailed or complex, they wereEasily the best platformer ever, the original had a great concept but levels felt empty and weren't very detailed or complex, they were clearly the result of an algorithm. Furthermore the game felt very barebones and it was lacking when it comes to content, however the sequel improves so much on the formula of the original that these issues are non existent in this game. Levels feel designed and man made, they don't feel like the result of an algorithm even though they are, this is extremely impressive and thanks to this there are an infinite amount of unique and fun levels. Furthermore the game is also extremely varied and has a huge amount of content, it switches biome/world every 4 levels and has more of them than the original, there is also a huge amount of enemy types so you definitely wont get bored. The game is also challenging, like old school platformers which is a definite plus in my book. It has a very nice progression system too. Its mechanics are very well made and very polished. Furthermore the controls are very tight and responsive. The art style is great, much better than the originals imo. This game is perfect. The price is too cheap for what you get. The original was a 7/10 at best, this one is a definite 10/10. Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2020
    9
    Spelunky 2 is a great, challenging game that will dazzle both veterans and newcomers alike.
  6. Sep 28, 2020
    8
    A good sequel, but of course it doesn't reinvent anything. I hold the first Spelunky as one of the best games that I've played and anyone thatA good sequel, but of course it doesn't reinvent anything. I hold the first Spelunky as one of the best games that I've played and anyone that enjoyed the first game will most definitely find a liking to Spelunky 2. I must admit that I am far from having finished the game yet, but have probably died 200 or 300 times already, with that being said there are a lot of things I have not explored yet. There are some new features and fun things going on and there is only one major flaw I can come to think of: When you get injured/hurt the stun sequence is far too long and since you don't have any invicibility frames a single accident far to often results in a quite unfair perma death, even if you had as much as 6 or 7 HP. Hopefully this will be patched. Expand
  7. Mar 11, 2022
    0
    The software lacks any save, checkpoint or level codes (as were implemented on 1980s NES games that lacked the technology to store saves) asThe software lacks any save, checkpoint or level codes (as were implemented on 1980s NES games that lacked the technology to store saves) as such you basically have to replay the same first few levels endlessly. I suspect the designers put some effort into the later levels but decided they do not want players to ever see them. This design is the equivalent of taking the script for "A Few Good Men" and instead making 19 seasons of NCIS and airing them in no particular order. Many TV viewers are happy to watch the same story over and over but they would not be happy if they went to a movie theatre and were shown a random sampling of NCIS episodes until they walked out.
    Even Mega Man (released in 1987) allowed you to replay levels until you turned your system off, by Mega Man 2 codes were provided to restore progress. Mega Man has released many sequels and will continue to be enjoyed long after Spelunky is forgotten.
    The online multiplayer has terrible latency, I assume this was done on purpose to make the game more difficult for the bizarre fans of this "genre".
    The fans of this software certainly value feeling elite very highly and they would be very susceptible to a cult. This software contains interesting pieces that could have been used to make a game however the developers instead have made a challenge which could have been one possible game mode.
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