Spelunky 2

Moby ID: 150492
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Spelunky returns in this greatly-expanded sequel to the original roguelike platformer! Meet the next generation of explorers as they find themselves on the Moon, searching for treasure and missing family. Spelunky 2 builds upon the unique, randomized challenges that made the original a classic, offering a huge adventure designed to satisfy players old and new. Explore the game alone, play locally with up to four players, or, for the first time, join up with friends online to unravel its mysteries together (or battle it out in competitive Arena modes).

Spelunky 2's world is even denser than the one in the original game, offering more areas, characters, traps, and items, as well as new ways to interact with them (and for them to interact with each other). The world has expanded in other ways, too, with branching paths and multi-layered levels adding a third dimension to the classic 2d platforming gameplay.

Offline multiplayer (2-4 players)
Online multiplayer (2-4 players). A paid-for PlayStation Plus membership is required. Online features require an account and are subject to our terms of service (playstationnetwork.com/terms-of-service), our privacy policy (playstationnetwork.com/privacy-policy), and the game publisher’s privacy policy.
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Online features require an account and are subject to terms of service (playstationnetwork.com/terms-of-service), privacy policy (playstationnetwork.com/privacy-policy), and the game publisher’s privacy policy.

Online features require an account and are subject to terms of service and applicable privacy policy (playstationnetwork.com/terms-of-service & playstationnetwork.com/privacy-policy).

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One-time license fee for play on account’s designated primary PS4™ system and other PS4™ systems when signed in with that account.

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Critics

Average score: 86% (based on 8 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.2 out of 5 (based on 3 ratings with 1 reviews)

Developers make it a point to improve upon the previous game.

The Good
The most notable thing about Spelunky 2 is that the developers set out to accomplish one thing: fix the unbalanced design of Spelunky HD. Spelunky HD was a great game, but it mostly encouraged one style of playing, and discouraged others.

  • The Jetpack and shotgun were ridiculously powerful items on their own, and together, they simply dominated the entire game. There was almost no reason to not choose this combination whenever they were available. Gameplay became more of a first-person shooter (just fly around and shoot everything) than an intelligent, strategic game.

  • There was very little reason to not rob the black market. Robbery was generally always preferable than legitimately earning money and buying things.

  • Ghosting gems took a very long time. And it was the same boring process every time.

The developers realized this and made a few key changes to the design. Spelunky 2 is no longer the run-and-gun / just-bomb-everything shooter that its predecessor was. There are now a variety of playstyles you can choose from. You can earn money and buy stuff. You can rob strategically and be forgiven shortly afterwards. Or you can stick to the old "rob every shop" approach. There are pros and cons to each. It feels balanced this time.

It's particularly worth pointing out that the Jetpack item has been nerfed. It will no longer refuel in the air or on a vertical surface, and it explodes when being hit by a bullet or a fiery object. Many players have suggested that the Vlad's Cape (an item that was largely useless in Spelunky HD) is now the best mobility item in the game, surpassing the Jetpack.

The Bad
Music for the first world is annoying. The community all agrees on this and people have replaced the official music with something else, such as the Celeste soundtrack.

As of this writing, online multiplayer (a key feature of the game, and THE highlight of the trailer) is still under development and is unplayable.

As of this writing, the Temple of Anubis path is much inferior to the Tide Pool path. People don't go to the Temple at all. The penalty of that path is severe (losing the held item and the backpack item), and seems unnecessary. Difficulty is one thing, two mutually exclusive paths where one path is significantly more difficult, another.

As of this writing, the daily challenge mode is broken. Many players (including myself) have reported being occasionally unable to start the daily challenge, unable to load the leaderboard, or unable to upload the score. It's impressive that the daily challenge only has these three features, and all three of them are broken.

The Bottom Line
Spelunky 2 is designed with experienced players in mind -- the group of players who thought "Spelunky is too easy". We asked for a harder game. We got one.

Windows · by Pagen HD (146) · 2020

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Game added September 18, 2020. Last modified June 12, 2023.