In 1983 the classic platformer Spelunker released in Japan, and while the game is primarily known for its unforgiving difficulty, it has remained a cult hit there ever since. The term ‘spelunker’ is primarily used to explain someone who explores caves, and that is exactly what we find here in Spelunker HD. There’s one giant cave that’s broken down into 10 differently themed sub-caves, each with 10 levels to descend through, and just as exploring caves in real life is dangerous, Spelunker HD makes no exception here either.
With only two types of attacks; one being a flare that kills all on-screen enemies for a few seconds, and a bomb that can destroy blockades or enemies. While these weapons are limited, and can only be performed via item pickups, they are also tricky to master too, as you can easily end up killing yourself with these weapons if you’re not careful as well. There’s also a gun that is used to destroy ghosts that randomly appear as well. It’s not anything too exciting, but it does take time to destroy them, which is a big hurdle in itself, as your constantly depleting energy bar equals’ death if it reaches zero, and these ghost can take precious time to kill. Thankfully, item pickups litter the levels to regain weapons and energy, and while you’ll find your death aplenty, the game does offer a substantial amount of lives to help ease the pain somewhat, but not by much.
Whether playing by yourself, or with friends, Spelunker offers up a lot of game here; 100 levels, hidden collectibles, online and offline multiplayer and full Platinum Trophy support – online trophies could be hard to obtain because of the lack of online players – you can easily expect to get 30+ hours of enjoyment here easily, which isn’t bad for the $10 asking price, and means that for the right type of gamer, this addictive game is well worth its small asking price.
– Chris I