Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critic Reviews

Critic 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. Sep 14, 2020
    Mossmouth took its time and managed to deliver a masterpiece that improves upon its predecessor in ways I never even would have imagined. Spelunky 2 takes everything that made the original great and expands upon each of those individual aspects without ever over complicating the elegant, retro simplicity of its 2D platforming. It doesn’t do much to win over people who already weren’t fans of the original’s unforgiving difficulty, but as someone who is more than 200 runs in and feels like he’s only scratched the surface, Spelunky 2 is a game that I see myself playing for a long, long time.
  3. Sep 25, 2020
    Spelunky 2 improves upon the original in every conceivable way, and if you can tolerate the difficulty is an absolute must-play.
  4. Sep 21, 2020
    Spelunky 2 does an unbelievable job at enhancing the original one's virtues, which were not few. It's the most hardcore game of the decade, but also one of the most rewarding ones.
  5. Sep 24, 2020
    A beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Spelunky 2 is all a sequel should be: polished, refined, bigger. A game of learning, a game of death, a game of emergent beautiful gameplay. Every second in this game is pure art: it will frustrate you, but in a positive way in which you will shout at the TV and then smile and retry. Just to die again, until you learn enough.
  6. Oct 2, 2020
    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.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 15, 2020
    A worthy sequel to an indie pioneer that delivers countless surprises in a refined package. Not for the easily frustrated, perhaps, but essential for everyone else. [Issue#181, p.87]
  8. Oct 14, 2020
    Spelunky 2 takes the baton from Spelunky 1 and hits its stride immediately. Jumping into the caverns, whipping bats, chucking rocks, and smashing pots is just as fun and challenging 8 years later. Mossmouth has kept true to its original vision in a way that will satisfy fans, but packaged enough new content to ensure things don't feel like a rehash. As a result, Spelunky 2 isn't attempting to convert any who weren't fans of the first game. The game has a very specific approach and will not be for everyone, but those who adored the first game are guaranteed to feel the same about its sequel. At a time when gamers are less inclined to take risks with their purchases, Spelunky 2 offers the comfort of the familiar.
  9. Oct 9, 2020
    Feel free to call Spelunky 2 Super Spelunky. Everything feels slightly different in this merciless sequel and that is what makes this game such a unique experience. Old knowledge is not enough to survive the new dangers and chaotic chain reactions. At times this chaos feels unfair and overwhelming, but just as often you know how to avoid death through a bizarre combination of circumstances. Those moments make Spelunky 2 so incredibly good.
  10. Oct 4, 2020
    Spelunky 2 is the classic title that will make you say "just one more game before I quit", only to make you suddenly realize you already played ten more.
  11. Sep 30, 2020
    Spelunky 2 is the perfect evolution of the first game. One of the most fun experiences of this year.
  12. 90
    Many games fall into the roguelike genre, but few define it. Spelunky 2’s secrets and danger-infused caverns make it simultaneously one of the most frustrating and rewarding games I’ve ever played. Yet, having barely scratched the surface of what it offers, I can’t wait to start another run—whether in search of secrets or just to see how far I can ultimately get. And in the end, isn’t the desire to continue playing the hallmark of any great game?
  13. Sep 26, 2020
    Spelunky 2 is a superb hard-core platformer and you might be tortured by the traps and monsters in the random-generated maps thousands of times. However, once you master all the tricks, the challenges and the variety of the gameplay will make you engaged.
  14. 90
    Spelunky 2 offers a challenging, but rewarding experience. With so many new levels, items, and enemies, there's no shortage of exploration and mystery. It expands upon the addicting gameplay of the first game and offers an entirely unique experience each time you play.
  15. 90
    With a bottomless well of rules to learn and secrets to uncover, the endless satisfaction of making it further and further as your knowledge grows, and the looming spectre of death always just a second of lapsed judgement or a quirk of cosmic fate away, Spelunky 2 strikes a perfect balance of incredible complexity and endearing charm to create a replayable package anyone can enjoy.
  16. Sep 23, 2020
    Mossmouth did the impossible with Spelunky 2 in managing to create a sequel to an incredible game that did not disenfranchise existing fans or turn off newbies. Instead, they’ve crafted another hard-as-nails experience that’s devilishly fun to play. Almost every new feature is an improvement and the new visual and audio flourishes enhance it further. Those who never played the original game don’t have to. They can jump straight into Spelunky 2 and enjoy a masterful title that will likely never grow old.
  17. Sep 22, 2020
    It is a great achievement that Derek Yu has managed to improve the almost perfect gameplay construct even further, to add more variety and depth and yet remain true to his roots.
  18. Sep 21, 2020
    Overall, Spelunky 2 is an absolute delight to play, even in the midst of my repeating failure in the game. Its randomized level generator and the bevy of tools to strategize your way through each level makes for a fun time. While the PvP isn’t up to snuff with the main adventure, the ability to play this game with friends (online or local) will keep you occupied for months to come.
  19. Sep 21, 2020
    Spelunky 2 is the sequel that Derek Yu's classic deserved. More of everything and without losing an iota of its essence. Lovers of a good challenge will find a perfect refuge in this game that requires a great deal of patience and coordination, but the continuous feeling of improvement that you get from this great roguelite is totally worth it. You can be reproached for not having had a more polished or complete online section. However, it is not something that many will take into account when enjoying one of the best games ever made within its genre.
  20. Sep 21, 2020
    Spelunky 2 is as brutally challenging as ever – sometimes to the point of exhaustion – but manages to keep the player engaged thanks to small but clever modernizations and the same incredibly creative universe.
  21. Sep 18, 2020
    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.
  22. Sep 18, 2020
    Spelunky 2 is an absolute gem. A game that preserves all the virtues of the original title, and which adds small tweaks to create an even more rounded experience. We can rarely play games that are so complicated and, at the same time, so fair to the player (or not). The point is that you will always want one more game. And when you play it, you'll be a little bit better. Just a little. Too bad that sometimes it seems more like an expansion than a sequel.
  23. Sep 18, 2020
    An excellent sequel to one of indie gaming’s most enduring stars, that changes just enough to keep things interesting without losing the magic of the original.
  24. Sep 17, 2020
    Spelunky 2 improves on everything its predecessor did to become one of the best roguelites and a new landmark in the genre.
  25. Sep 16, 2020
    It does right by its forebear. It’s still just as addictive as ever to journey into untold dangers over and over, and even if it may put off newcomers with its difficulty curve, it’s an experience worth having for anyone willing to rise to its challenges.
  26. Sep 15, 2020
    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.
  27. 90
    Spelunky 2 enhances and expands on what worked in the first game without "fixing" anything that wasn't broken. In that way it's the perfect sequel for fans who have been playing this game for over a decade. Newcomers might be scared away by the difficulty and seemingly impenetrable secrets, but the effort to get through this is well rewarded.
  28. Sep 21, 2020
    Quotation forthcoming.
  29. Sep 30, 2020
    Spelunky 2 is likely to delight those who revere its predecessor. As for newcomers, a whole new world of curiosity, frustration, rage quitting, perseverance and reward awaits. This is a game that may be a challenge to get into for some, but sooner rather than later determination to succeed will likely evolve into devotion. This will be a game that will always encourage players to come back for more.
  30. Sep 25, 2020
    Can you be enamored with a game and downright horrible at it? I’m talking about being so bad that it’s a struggle to get past its opening set of levels? If “Spelunky 2” has convinced me of anything, it's that the answer is a perverse “yes.”
  31. Sep 23, 2020
    Spelunky 2 remains staunchly committed to its immaculate core design, demanding that we adapt to its rhythms and its secrets.
  32. Sep 23, 2020
    Spelunky 2 is just what you expect it to be: bigger, better and... deeper!
  33. Sep 23, 2020
    Spelunky 2 was enhanced sensibly, offers a great balance and simply is not as unforgiving as its predecessor. The online mode is more or less a failure, though.
  34. Sep 22, 2020
    Simplicity and challenges are key components of the game, and they’re executed almost perfectly here in an accessible and skillful way. Spelunky 2 certainly won’t be for everyone, but for those who stick with it to see what it has to offer, the payoff is worth the investment.
  35. Sep 21, 2020
    Spelunky 2 betters its predecessor in just about every area. Push through its tough outer shell and you'll discover a fantastic platformer well worth your time. More stuffed with secrets than ever and fleshing out the formula with all kinds of new additions, this is a rich and addictive roguelike with so much to unearth.
  36. Sep 18, 2020
    Spelunky 2 is a successful evolution of what made the original Spelunky work; the tight controls, impressive use of procedural generation, expressive art style, and interesting stage themes are better than ever here. But the more notable changes in how we play and talk about this game will likely happen in the coming months as players discover the heart of the game in the deep, dark depths we aren't yet even aware exist.
  37. Sep 18, 2020
    Spelunky 2 rests on the laurels of its predecessor, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It still retains all of the gameplay mechanics and level design that made the original such a satisfying experience. But as a sequel, Spelunky 2 feels a little too scared to expand its horizons. For a game that’s all about taking risks, Spelunky 2 is surprisingly risk-averse.
  38. Sep 14, 2020
    Perhaps it’s a little safe in the way it goes about things, anxious not to lose that Spelunky magic by disrupting the familiar flow. But that spell hasn’t worn off after 10 years. With its dastardly remixes of existing themes and a bunch of brilliant new additions, this will certainly replace Spelunky HD as the definitive cave-diving Derek Yu roguelike. I wouldn’t change a thing – though some of my former turkey friends may have different feedback.
  39. Sep 15, 2020
    While Spelunky 2 doesn’t offer the refined mechanics and enemies of the original, it does add to the chaos and fun of multiplayer. While playing alone is mostly an exercise in frustrating, unfair deaths, with friends it’s a barrel of laughs.
  40. Oct 1, 2020
    Spelunky 2 is the definition of an addictive game with its high degree of difficulty, charming world, and sense of randomness. However, addictive doesn't necessarily mean fun and unfortunately, I stopped enjoying it after a few hours even though I kept playing anyway.
  41. Nov 4, 2020
    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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  1. Sep 19, 2020
    The game is hard as heck, yes, and easily more difficult than its predecessor. But Spelunky 2's design language is also incredibly clear about what's happening and why, in ways that are far more accessible to understand, yet far more diverse and varying in every randomly generated run, than you might find in your average Souls-like game. In some difficult games, I might growl or throw a controller when things go wrong. In Spelunky 2, I regularly bellow a loud sigh-laugh after my worst failings. [Ars Technica Approved]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 75
  2. Negative: 10 out of 75
  1. Sep 17, 2020
    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
    Just fantastic. Feels like the first but with even tighter controls, sharper graphics and amazing sound.

    More danger, more companions to
    Just fantastic. Feels like the first but with even tighter controls, sharper graphics and amazing sound.

    More danger, more companions to find and tons of secrets to discover. If you liked the first game, you will love this even more, WOW.
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  3. Sep 18, 2020
    Spelunky 2 is a great, challenging game that will dazzle both veterans and newcomers alike.