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Wot I Think Of Spelunky's PC Port

An unsatisfactory resolution

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5 months ago

Spelunky 2 adds dual-layer maps, fluid physics, cloned cats and online co-op to its bag of tricks

It still amazes me how coherent roguelike platformer Spelunky was, despite its dozens of moving parts. Monsters, traps and players interact with each other in so many ways. Next year, Spelunky 2 is adding a bucketload of new elements and systems to its repertoire, as you can see in action in the new trailer below. There's physics-driven fluids, arrows you can use as footholds, mounts…

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8 months ago

Derek Yu says a tiny bit about Spelunky 2

I have a terrible memory, which is sometimes an asset. It means that every now and then I get to experience a jolt of joy when I remember that Spelunky 2 is a thing - a thing that I've little doubt will take over my life in the same way that both the original freeware and the remaster did. If you somehow haven't played Spelunky,…

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1 year ago

Spelunky 2 is happening

Keep an eye on the Sony announcements during Paris Games Week, I said. Maybe From Software would pull off a remarkable double-whammy by revealing Bloodborne 2 and saying it'd be coming to PC and that a special edition of the first would be arriving on Steam tomorrow. Maybe Naughty Dog would stroll onto a stage and declare that they'd accidentally made The Last Of Us…

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2 years ago

Dunk Lords is biffy basketball from Spelunky coder

Sometimes, a developer's last game hints at their next one. Other times, the programmer of Spelunky HD announces a basketball beat 'em up. Say hallo to Dunk Lords [official site], jamming our way in 2018. This is a delightful surprise, and not just because of that name. The slam-jamming shakalaka 'em up boasts 2v2 b-balling action with fisticuffs, special moves, and environmental hazards, which sounds…

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3 years ago

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This Is The Most Incredible Spelunky Speedrun Yet

I'm used to Spelunky [official site] speedruns being filled with incredible feats, but the "No Gold True Pacifist Hell Run" below is a thing of wonder. To clarify: entering into the game's Hell world requires obtaining the Ankh from the Black Market, killing Anubis for his staff, killing Olmec, and completing the game requires killing Yama in hell. How do you kill things without violence?…

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Express Train To Hell: Spelunky Speedrun World Record

I inch my way through Spelunky [official site], trying to get a read on the layout of each randomised cavern. Caution doesn't always breed success and I rarely reach the ice levels, let alone the hellscape beneath. It's both chastening and invigorating to begin a weary Friday morning by watching a speedrun that sets a new world record - from start to finish in 3:44.…

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4 years ago

Spelunky’s Creator Is Writing A Book About Spelunky

I've had a copy of ZZT by Anna Anthropy - a book about the game of the same name - kicking around for six months, but I haven't yet had the time to read it. That prompted me to almost instantly scroll by news that the same publisher was Kickstarting a second series of books in the same vein: small, independently published, and each focused…

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5 years ago

Spelunky SD Mod Adds Co-Op To Free Original Version

The original Spelunky - the free, low resolution Game Maker-made Classic version - is open source. That means it can be broadly modified, which is what Ukrainian programmer Vadim has done in Spelunky SD. The project merges features from the polished remake Spelunky HD with the lo-fi original, most notably adding two-player, online cooperative multiplayer.

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Blind Taste Test: The Spelunky Blue Frog Mod

If you'd rather not read spoilers on whether a cool mod exists, you'd better stop reading this sentence right now because - SPOILERS - it does. If you'd rather not be spoiled as to the name of that mod, you'd probably be better off not reading the rest of this post, really. Because - SPOILERS - it's called the Blue Frog mod. It's for Spelunky,…

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Seedlunky HD: Generate And Share Spelunky Levels

Do you want to compete against your friends at Spelunky, the randomly generated platforming roguelike? That's what the Daily Challenge is for; each day, a single set of levels is generated which is the same for everyone and which can be played only once. But if once isn't enough to satisfy your competitive urges, there's now Seedlunky HD. The user-created tool lets you set a…

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Geometry Of Death: Spelunky’s Level Generation Explained

If you're anything like me, you've played so much Spelunky that you can close your eyes and generate new levels for Derek Yu's roguelike platformer inside your own head. Here, look, I'm doing it now - bet on what's going to kill me... It was a frog. Sigh. For a more technical understanding of Spelunky's procedural level generation, take a look at Darius Kazemi's browser-based…

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Always Bet On Spelunky Death Roulette

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.

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Woo! Mossmouth Have Made Spelunky At Home On PC!

Here's some splendid news. Earlier this week I had a little grumblefest about the state of Spelunky's PC port, with a lack of resolution options, and very poor windowed mode support. I also had a dig about the unskippable intro animations that were also a pain in the 360 version. Whether it was in response to my moaning, or something they were doing anyway, the…

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Release AVALANCHE: Spelunky, Papers, Guacamelee

Are you ready to be positively buried under amazing games? Well too bad. Games are largely distributed via non-physical means now, and that's a weird thing to do with them anyway. Take your sick, fetishistic disc orgies somewhere else. (Note: RPS does not actually discriminate against fetishes. Just physical media.) There are, however, a lot of brand new, positively excellent games suddenly populating our hobby's infinitely…

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6 years ago

I Can Dig It: Spelunky PC’s Daily Challenges

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.…

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Oh Thank God: Fancier Spelunky Coming To PC At Last

So many times, my finger has hovered over the purchase button on the spit'n'polished XBLA version of amazeballs roguelike/platformer Spelunky. Every time, I've thought 'no, surely it'll be on PC any day now. PC was its original home - it would only be right', and my finger was withdrawn. Actually, that's a lie, most of the time it was 'Oh Christ, the Xbox Live interface…

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