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Video GameSpelunky 2 (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 4 days ago.

Author: @JonahMonaghan, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Spelunky 2 is, like the classic Spelunky, a running and jumping game where you exploring mysterious caves on the moon looking for your missing parents. On your journey, you will find unique environments, treasure, and people to join you as you delve deeper into the caves.

Spelunky 2 is structured around rounds of play, meaning you're expected to fail, start over, and try again many times. The world is filled with many traps, enemies, and challenges that can quickly lead to a game over. While this may sound frustrating the main idea is to learn from your mistakes and to be comfortable trying new strategies. It's less about your character becoming better and more about how you improve as a player.

Part of improving as a player is understanding what can help you along your journey. Spelunky 2 has a vast variety of items that can assist you in each round. Some items such as rope can help you navigate levels easier, while other items such as the camera can be used to blind enemies and slow them down. With each attempt, you'll begin to discover what items are needed to help you succeed and what you can do to obtain them.

Spelunky 2 is a direct sequel from the first game: Spelunky. Despite the game being a sequel, you can jump into Spelunky 2 without missing anything.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/09/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Moss Mouth (@MossMouth)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 5 hours and 40 hours to play a round of this game.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. Spelunky offers both a co-op mode and a player versus player mode that hosts up to 4 players. In co-op mode, you will run through the story mode together, while the player versus player mode places you in a small area where you can use your items to knock your opponents into hazards placed around the map while avoiding the hazards yourself.

As of now, only PS4 players have access to online multiplayer as the developers work on the PC multiplayer and try to implement a cross-platform feature.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence. The game originally received a 16 based on the original (IARC) declaration from the developer. However, the game was subsequently reviewed by PEGI and re-rated at PEGI 7. "While there is a dice rolling game, this did not meet the criteria for simulated gambling, given that there is no instructional detail that teaches about gambling, beyond simply rolling dice, and no glamorisation."
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although younger players are attracted to the cartoon visuals and simple premice, it's those that grasp the game's interwoven systems that get the most from Spelunky. Reactions and forward-thinking is important, but also systematic thinking and cunning.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Spelunky 2 usually costs £10.99 to £17.99.
 

Spelunky

PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99
Steam Store PC £10.99

Spelunky 2

XBox Store Xbox Series X|S £16.74
PlayStation Store Xbox Series X|S £15.99
XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Steam Store PC £15.49
Switch Store Switch £17.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Spelunky 2 Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@MossMouth) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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