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Spelunky 2 Review

by Eric Farmer 7 months ago in product review
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Is Spelunky 2 a Good Game?

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Spelunky Is Back (Again)

Spelunky (HD) is one of my favorite games of all time. So I was very much looking forward to the sequel Spelunky 2.

I have played the game for a while now. Did the game live up to the hype? I am going to explain my thoughts in the review.

Why Did I Review This Game?

Like I just mentioned, I was very excited about this game. I am interested in explaining why I like the game and how it compares to the first Spelunky game.

How Long Have I Been Playing Spelunky 2?

I bought the game soon after release. I played the game until I could beat it for the first time.

What Kind of Game Is Spelunky 2?

Spelunky 2 is an adventure game. The goal is to exit levels and fight enemies. Spelunky 2 is also a rogue-lite game. You need to beat the game in one life. Or you have to restart the whole game.

Screenshot of Spelunky 2

The Game Is Very Simple

Spelunky 2 is about as simple as the first game. The main goal of most levels is to find the exit and leave. It doesn't matter how you get there or what you do while getting there.

There are many ways to beat levels, and I like creating paths through levels.

Screenshot of Spelunky 2

Spelunky 2 Has More Options

Spelunky 2 is less linear than the first game. Spelunky 2 has branching paths, and there are multiple ways to get to the last level.

Once you beat the game, you find out that there are even harder endings you can get to if you know how to get there.

One of the endings I would describe as being ultra-hard. But it is there for those who feel like beating it.

Spelunky 2 Is Quite Harder

One of the things I noticed about Speluny 2 is how harder it is compared to the first one.

It took me hundreds of tries before I could beat Spelunky 2 for the first time. It took me weeks just to get to the final level for the first time.

Screenshot of Spelunky 2

You still start with four life points like the first game. But the sequel has more things that ignore health and end your run if you get caught by them.

The game is more punishing. Enemies tend to have more health, and some are much harder to fight. The first game mostly had very basic enemies that were very easy to fight.

The levels are also slightly more complex. You need to more carefully plan how you get around in levels.

The game, for the most part, feels fair. But you have to know what you are doing to beat this game.

The Ghost Is Back!

Spelunky 2 also has the ghost. But with a twist. Now the ghost will eventually split into two and then four smaller ghosts. If any of the ghosts touch you, it is game over.

So it is even harder to try to avoid it and keep on playing levels if you take too long.

Screenshot of Spelunky 2

Mounts Are Interesting

A new feature in Spelunky 2 is critters on levels you can tame and ride around.

Finding and riding mounts is fun. But eventually, the mounts became another part of the game. But it is nice to see a change.

Screenshot of Spelunky 2

Do I Think the Game Looks Good?

Spelunky 2 has quite a different art style compared to the first. I would describe the look as being more stylistic.

I am not the best when descrying graphics. I like how the game looks and leave it at that.

It is interesting to some of the older levels in the first game again. These levels look similar but different.

Do I Think the Game Sounds Good?

The music is good. The music has strong themes, and it fits the levels well.

I can’t say I like the music more compared to the Speluny HD soundtrack. But I like how well it sounds while playing the game.

Is Spelunky 2 a Good Value?

Spelunky 2 costs a little more money than Spelunky HD. Spelunky 2 costs $20 (USD).

The first game did have any DLC and I don’t think Spelunky 2 will have DLC either.

I think Spelunky 2 is a great deal at $20 (USD). The game is very hard but it is fun to play often.

Do I Recommend Buying Spelunky 2?

If you liked the first game then yes I recommend buying Spelunky 2.

If you have not played Spelunky HD then I recommend Spelunky 2 as it is more interesting game and I think it is very fun.

You might consider buying and playing Spelunky HD if you want a more simple and easier version of Spelunky 2.

How Often Do I Play Spelunky 2?

Spelunky 2 costs a little more money than Spelunky HD. Spelunky 2 costs $20 (USD).

The first game did have any DLC, and I don’t think Spelunky 2 will have DLC either.

I think Spelunky 2 is a great deal at $20 (USD). The game is very hard, but it is fun to play often.

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Eric Farmer

I love writing about video games, and I often write reviews for my favorite computer games.

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