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Sagkosh Dec 28, 2013 @ 2:24am
Spelunky Buy Guide PLease
I was interested in buying Spelunky but i had some questions:
1 - In its website it has been said that the game is free to download , why it is not free in steam? is there a difference?
2 - How long is the game?
3 - Does it have Multiplayer?
4 - Does it have a campaign or something?!
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Papashan Dec 28, 2013 @ 2:41am 
1. The game is an HD Remake, originally done for the 360 and now brought to PC. The original game (pre-360) was free to play. You can try out the original if you want to try before you buy.
2. A full game, from start to end, would normally take 20 minutes to an hour. In saying that, it'll take you much, much longer before you actually get good enough to make it that far.
3. It has local multiplayer only, and online leaderboards.
4. Not really. The game is a platformer taking elements from the "roguelike" genre, in that if you die, you're done. There's an explicit order in the "worlds", but every level is randomly generated so it's different every time. There ARE explicit endings (two of them, one kind of the "easy" ending and one the "proper" ending). The idea is to get as far as you can without dying, and improve as you go. Kind of like Binding of Isaac if you've ever played that, but a platformer instead of a top-down shooter.

Some other things you should know:
Personally I don't think it's a big deal, but a lot of people are whining about a "Soft Timer" in the form of "the ghost", which appears two minutes and thirty seconds into the level. If you touch her, she immediately kills you. It's just another game mechanic you get used to. Most levels, once you get used to the game, won't take you nearly that long, and there're other interesting uses of the ghost to get extra money. She's less of a "timer" and more of another "obstacle" that you can work around, since she's slow and easily dodgeable when you get used to her.

The game has perma-death. If you die, you're dead, and have to restart. You don't keep your items, you don't keep your money. You will die a lot. You will get better. Think of every death as a learning experience.

Even once you've finished the game, the game still has plenty replay value. Every run is different as the levels are randomised, there're daily challenges and online leaderboards to try and place in, and it's always fun to improve yourself and get better at it.

Just ask if you have any more questions :D
Radioactive Dec 28, 2013 @ 2:44am 
1 - The free version is the original 2008 freeware release. The one on Steam is an enhanced remake with new additional content, tweaked mechanics, tighter controls, leaderboards, and redone art.

2 - It's a game that's highly inspired by roguelikes, so a single session from beginning to end can be fairly short, but it's all procedurally generated and built with replayability in mind, and it typically takes a player many hours of gameplay and many deaths to become good enough to reach the ending. In that respect, it's bit like Binding of Isaac or FTL.

3 - Local co-op only, no online, no LAN. Spelunky is best enjoyed as a single player game, in my opinion. Co-op can be rather frustrating if there's a gap in skill or poor communication between the players.

4 - There's 3 game modes for Spelunky: Adventure, Daily Challenge, and Deathmatch.

Adventure is what you'll likely spend most of your time playing, and it's the normal game. You start at the beginning (though you can eventually unlock shortcuts that you have the option of using), the levels are all procedurally generated, and your goal is to try to reach the end, or die trying. Adventure can be played single player or local co-op, and since there's permadeath, if you die (or in co-op, all players die), you restart from the beginning and you're presented with a new set of procedurally generated levels.

The daily challenge is much like adventure, but it can only be played in single player, everyone that plays it that day gets the exact same levels, and you only get one shot. Whether you win or lose, you can only play the daily challenge once per day.

Deathmatch is pretty much what you probably think it is, and it's fun if you have some friends over. With the right settings, it makes for a good party game.
Sagkosh Dec 28, 2013 @ 2:44am 
Very Very Very Detailed explanation i think i would be buying it ;)
Samots Dec 28, 2013 @ 4:40am 
You should buy it, also people didn't mention that runs can go from 2minutes(speedrun WR:P) to 5 hours i had a few 3 hour runs already, if you're really gonna buy it,good luck, it's a great game.
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