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Wander through miles of uncharted caves in search of the legendary underground pyramid and its vast treasures. To complete your adventure you will swing from ropes, climb ladders, run across unstable terrain and down ravines as well as operate elevators, mining carts and rafts. You will collect keys, bombs, flares, jewels, sacks of gold coins and other valuable items as you navigate the hazardous terrain. But beware of the scalding steam vents, poisonous bats and the avenging spirits of dead spelunkers that lurk in every corner of this massive underground labyrinth.

This game is only playable in 2D.

This classic game is part of the Virtual Console service, which brings you great games created for consoles such as NES™, Super NES™ and Game Boy™ Advance. See more Virtual Console games for Nintendo 3DS.

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MicroGraphic Image
Brøderbund, IREM, Tozai Games, Broderbund, MicroGraphic Image
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Not rated

System requirements for Nintendo 3DS

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Last Modified: Jan 16, 2020

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Spelunker reviews and comments

Don't touch this game if you want to have fun.
Spelunker on paper and at first seems to be pretty cool. I mean you're a miner of sorts and you jump around and go deeper into the cave and- What's there not to like?
Well, one thing: THE FALL DAMAGE
Or should I say fall desintegration? There isn't any damage, you just go *poof* like Thanos decided you living was a waste.

If your character falls as much as one feet YOU'RE DEAD. How is that a good design choice? In a platformer? What?
The game's traps and whole difficulty is also centered around this one mechanic. And no you don't die when you touch the ground, you die while you're in the AIR. THE. AIR. H20. Wait no, that's water... O2! O motherspelunking 2!

Other than that it'd be a pretty fun game, but because of it I wasn't able to enjoy anything.

Overall, rating out of 100:
Story: 0
Mining man go *ouch I tripped, guess I'll die* haha.

Gameplay: -50
Contrary to most games I've played before, this one actually punishes you for playing.

Graphics: 0
It's gold, but it ain't pretty, boy.

Sound/Music: 10
It's so-so.

This leaves Spelunker with a I-hope-the-sequels-are-better -40 out of 400! Damn explosions nearly gave me seizures.
«Waste of time»
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