Spelunky, at first glance, made me wonder what on Earth I had got myself into but with the verve of a true gamer I decided to give it a go, and eight hours later, there I sat yelling insanely at backpack looting monkeys and shopkeepers and wondering if the next jump, which looks almost doable, is in fact doable.
High quality graphics? No. Predictable? No. Addictive? Yes.
What You Need to Know
In Spelunky, you play the part of a spelunker whose ultimate goal is to explore caves, kill random enemies, rescue damsels and collect as much treasure as possible. Every game of Spelunky is completely different because everything is random, even the generation of the levels. Whilst this makes the game exciting and fresh each time, the lack of consistency sometimes left me a bit frustrated, and if you enjoy the closure of completing a consistent game world, you might be frustrated, too.
Spelunky is also pretty frustrating because it is so easy to die and there is no such thing as a save point. If you die, that’s it: You lose everything and start again from the very beginning. It definitely does help having a slightly obsessive personality to enjoy it, but the challenges are worth it and completing levels can be very rewarding.
Spelunky is a typical 2D platformer but I must say that this is one of the more challenging and addictive platformers I have played, and I find that I am always keen to fire up my console to give it a go. I do, however, also find myself getting very frustrated with the game and I must confess to a few ‘rage quits,’ but that is what you get with Spelunky – it’s definitely not a game for the faint of heart.
What’s the Same?
Spelunky has been around since 2008 so there aren’t many changes to the PlayStation 3 version from the first appearance of our manic friend. The console controller does make the game a bit easier to play and I like the opportunity to play with friends.
You’ll Enjoy Spelunky If You Liked…
If you are a fan of platformers then you’ll definitely like Spelunky, especially if you have played and enjoyed the likes of Castlevania, Wrecking Crew and Manic Miner (wow, I bet this list brought back a few good memories for some of you).
What I Liked
- 3.) The caves and dungeons are very well created. It’s a fun game to watch and to play, and the colour and cartoon style of the scenery lends itself very well to the overall feel of the game.
- 2.) The humour of Spelunky definitely enhances the game.
- 1.) The challenge of Spelunky is what makes it fantastic. Simple in design and execution, but a great deal of fun and satisfaction when finishing levels.
Favourite Thing To Do
Bouncing on the heads of baddies is just something that I enjoy doing. I’m not proud of it, but I accepted it and moved on.
What I Didn’t Like
- 2.) It’s very easy to die. Very.
- 1.) The randomisation of the levels may add to the challenge of Spelunky but I found it frustrating at times. This was especially true when I had almost figured out a level but died before I had a chance to complete it.
Least Favourite Thing To Do
Dying very, very close to the end and starting all over again. From the beginning. From scratch. With nothing.
Spelunky includes a co-op mode which is a great deal of fun to play with friends.
The Bottom Line
Fun, addictive and challenging, Spelunky is everything I want from a 2D platformer and the randomisation of almost everything in the game provides an ever-changing gaming experience that can be enjoyed time and time again.
Spelunky was reviewed on PlayStation 3