Always Bet On Spelunky Death Roulette

In Spelunky we trust.

First there was Salty Bet, the 24/7 Twitch stream where AI-controlled fighting game characters do battle with one another in front of an audience who can bet on the winner with fake money. Now there is Spelunky Death Roulette, a similar wrapper for a group of Twitch streams where viewers can use fake money to bet on how they think the player will die.

The fun of SaltyBet lies in the absurd cast of potential characters, and in the stream’s soundtrack of early ’90s hip-hop and Saturday morning cartoon theme tunes. It’s a thing you put on in the background while you work, and then spend the morning doing no work while losing all your money to Dragonball Z characters.

Spelunky is different. Advancing in the tightly-wound roguelike platformer means learning the careful rules of its vast menagerie of traps and enemies, and death, when it happens, tends to be panicked and hilarious. Watching real people play it is already entertaining all on its own, without the soundtrack or the betting, as evidenced by the Spelunky Explorer’s Club, where friends of Gunpoint-creator Tom Francis play each day’s unique Daily Challenge, share the video and compare notes.

The betting mechanic is a way to give deaths meaning to viewers when the attempt isn’t on the one-time-only Daily Challenge, but the normal Adventure mode, where lives are often cheap and short. It works.



  1. golem09 says:

    Who dies on frogs?

    • Lambchops says:

      Frogs are easily the most annoying enemy of the forest by a country mile and my most common early game death apart from falling or, more likely, being pushed onto spikes.

    • Lone Gunman says:

      Bats are my biggest enemy!

  2. Kcalb says:

    Will we get a Lampedusa Death Roulette anytime soon ?

  3. Michael Fogg says:

    Registration required. How about no.

    • almostDead says:

      Yeah this stopped me in my tracks too. I bizarrely enjoy watching games being played more than I do playing them, and so, spend a bit of time watching spelunky.

      • bglamb says:

        I got as far as the bit where it wanted *me* to tell *it* where there was a Spelunky stream. So I’m out.

        • elisee says:

          You probably just happened to arrive at a time where there were no streams marked playing Spelunky on Twitch. Right now there are 5 streams with a bunch of betters listed on the home page.

    • elisee says:

      Not sure what you expect to keep track of your bets / fake money around :). Plus it uses existing accounts so if you were a regular watching video game streams you probably have one already.

    • lordfrikk says:

      How else would it track the betting money? Some people…

  4. kwyjibo says:

    I saw this earlier today – link to

    Ron Paul types can now bet on Counter-Strike using bitcoin in between paying for drugs.

    • Reefpirate says:

      Something tells me you don’t know all that much about the 4 things you put in your last sentence.

  5. Shadram says:

    Bats. It’s always the fucking bats.
    Or maybe I’m just rubbish…

  6. The Random One says:

    Go team ant frog!

  7. somnolentsurfer says:

    35 hours, and it’s always still spikes. Yesterday it was spikes on the first platform: link to

  8. jrodman says:

    I hope this doesn’t end up like chat roulette.