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Gesamt gesehen stellt sich “Spelunker“ als ein Konglomerat aus “Miner 2049er“, “Hart Hat Mack“ und anderen Verwandten dar. Ich vermisse Eigenständigkeit, vor allem aber eine wirklich neue Spielidee und — eben aufgrund der Vergleichsmöglichkeiten — somit Spielmotivation. Bei soviel Ähnlichkeiten ist die Luft zu schnell raus. Die vergleichsweise dürftige Grafik trägt dazu bei, daß man dieses Programm schnell wieder beiseite legt. Fledermäuse, Flammen und flackernde Vulkane allein machen‘s eben nicht.
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In Spelunker, you control a little miner in an underground area loaded with tunnels, elevators, and ropes. You can jump over obstacles, climb ropes, collect items, and even blow up boulders. Colorful and detailed, Spelunker's graphics are pleasing to the eye, and the stages are so well-designed that you'll want to explore every passage. Unfortunately, the awful controls will have you throwing down your controller in frustration. The main problem is the tricky, unforgiving jumping controls. Even fallling one inch is deadly! That's a shame, because Spelunker should have been a lot of fun.
And it won't hold your interest long, either, making Spelunker a download that isn't really worth its asking price of 500 Wii Points at all. As a classic platformer from the early '80s, Spelunker certainly has some nostalgic value and will surely appeal to those gamers who played one of its original forms from 25 years ago. But newcomers to the experience would simply be frustrated by the control, which is nonsensically strict. It'll only take a handful of deaths coming about as a result of a five-pixel-tall vertical fall before you hit the Home Button to quit playing, and that earns Spelunker the dubious honor of joining Urban Champion, The Legend of Kage and Operation Wolf as one of the least desirable NES downloads on sale in the Wii Shop.
This is not to say that Spelunker isn’t fun for a while, but the frustrating controls, vindictive traps, and ever present threat of running out of air, all conspire together to make this very difficult to recommend to even the most patient retro gamer. Do yourself a favour and avoid this game. The NES isn’t short of platformers and almost every one of them is more balanced and enjoyable than this.