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I Can Dig It: Spelunky PC's Daily Challenges

Note: daily challenges not actually for drinking.

Spelunky is very, very tough. Sometimes, it’s downright mean. But it pushes you so hard because it cares. Because it wants to see you do better, maybe even excel. It can only teach you so much, though. Eventually – through perseverance, hard-earned wisdom, and spelunking deep into the hardiest reaches of your own heart – you’ll master all it has to offer. Unless… no, that’s crazy. It could never happen in a million years. But hypothetically, let’s say Spelunky added a PC-exclusive daily challenge mode. One where a single death took you out of the race, but a new adventure appeared every day. Could we engage in scandalous acts of spelunkery forever?

Yes. The answer is yes. Mossmouth revealed the new mode on its very own page of Internet, explaining that each adventure will be the same for everyone, and there’ll be leaderboards for those who perform best. The developer laid out the basics:

“One chance… each day. For guts… for glory. No excuses! Since everyone plays the same adventure during the Daily, you’ll be able to know for certain who’s the top Spelunky player in your tribe – we’ve already been having a great time competing against one another behind the scenes!”


But yes, this sounds like a rather magnificent idea. I don’t really think it’ll have unlimited shelf life, but there’s a lot to be said for competitive runs through a game that randomly generates all of its diabolical caverns. So then, who wants to challenge my time of yeah bring it on here I go oops fuck I’m dead wow I’m really bad at this?

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