IHAO on ... Spelunky

This game is great.  And the first game review I am gonna review.  So that's neato!  I actually have a lot of games I want to review, including a special experience that I'll get to some time that requires my roommate to help me out, since I have no clue what I'll be doing.  But let me start talking about Spelunky.

Spelunky is a platform/exploration game, with a huge amount of difficulty and lots of great carrot-on-a-stick to keep you coming back.  The schtick is that you play as Spelunky, or one of the other skins you can earn, buy, or find randomly throughout the game, and you are trying to make as much money as possible as you travel through the mines into the Lost Jungle, into the Ice Caves, into a hidden Temple, and even into Hell itself.  I have not been able to get to Hell.  In fact, I've only beaten the game once.  I mean, I've played probably close to 2000 iterations of the game, but yeah, only once have I beaten it.

How is that?  Well, there are basic rules for each stage and level, but the actual make up of those stages changes randomly every time you play.  Every single time.  It means that you can only learn the basics, but never just memorize the gameplay.  You have to take risks.  Is it worth it using your resources now to get potential new resources, or wait for an easier spot?  Should I steal from the shopkeep to get these cool items but earn his wrath for every other level, or do I just skip those good items?  Do I go to the secret levels I just unlocked that are harder, but could reap higher rewards?

It is truly unique, and really wonderful.  I find myself going back to it over and over again.  And that doesn't even account for the great graphics and music.

My personal favorite setup currently, just so you know, if jet pack (of course), freeze gun, sticky bombs, baseball gloves.  That's all I need.  Everything else is gravy.

Sam: "Dean, this gravy doesn't look like it is the right consistancy."
Dean: *chomp chomp*
- Soup, er, not really

AND THAT'S NOT ALL!  There is a "Deathmatch" mode, which is basically all the crazy hectic-ness of Smash Bros, except in smaller bits.  You can tailor it however you like, but our home tends to give everyone a single bomb, 10 life, and see who is left standing.  Play best to 10, fatal 4-way.  Literally, you become ghosts.

And being a ghost does not end the game.  You can interact with the world as a ghost, which makes both Deathmatchs and just general multi-player play super fun, even in death.

I cannot say enough good things.  Go get this game if you can.  It is on PC and X-Box, so everyone SHOULD be able to find a way to get it.  What, you still not sure?  Fine, why don't you play the original version FOR FREE!  That's right, they have put the original version of the game online for free download to play.  It is also fun, but the new version is an improvement.  So if you enjoy the original, you'll definitely enjoy the HD upgrade.  Get the original here.

Grade: A+

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