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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Promotes idea of exploration, theme of teamwork. Players are challenged to solve problems on the fly, quickly adapting to their environment and coming up with creative ways to overcome obstacles in their way.
Positive Role Models
Ana, Roffy, and the rest of the diverse cast are generally presented as adventurous, friendly characters. Those not being used directly by players make their home at Base Camp, offering advice and other tips or hints to players.
Ease of Play
Although controls are relatively simple to pick up and play, the game can get insanely difficult: lots of action happening on-screen at any given time, and players are constantly forced to make split-second changes to tactics while testing their reflexes. Things get even more chaotic once additional players factor in.
Violence & Scariness
Despite cartoonish style, it's got a surprising amount of violence: large explosions, an over-the-top arsenal of weapons, and all manner of lethal traps that players must navigate through. Damage includes drops of blood that fly from the character.
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Although there's no profanity in the game, online play could still expose younger gamers to offensive language from others via party chat.
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Products & Purchases
This is the sequel to 2008's Spelunky.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spelunky 2 is a platform adventure game available for download on PlayStation 4 and Windows-based PCs. Players run, jump, and shoot their way through a series of randomly generated caves, searching for treasure and rescuing other characters in the process. Players can go through the adventure alone or with up to three friends in co-op play, working together to overcome obstacles and bypass traps in their quest for more treasure. The game is fast-paced, with a lot of on-screen action happening at once. This, along with the randomized nature of each session, contributes to a relatively steep difficulty curve. There's also a fair amount of violence, including some on-screen depictions of blood when characters are damaged.
Is It Any Good?
When the original was released back in 2008, it quickly became an indie favorite with its retro look and feel, randomly generated levels, and challenging play. Now, more than a decade later, Spelunky 2 has finally broken ground. It's no exaggeration to say that the game improves on the first game in almost every way. Although returning spelunkers are sure to enjoy the sequel's wealth of riches, is it possible to overindulge and have too much of a good thing?
Spelunky 2 includes more characters to rescue and play. There are brand-new wacky weapons and tools to use. There's even an assortment of cute creatures to ride as mounts while exploring. Meanwhile, the game has added multiple new layers to its randomly generated stages, giving literal depth to the 2D gameplay. Coupled with a new assortment of deadly traps and enemies to contend with, this cranks up the difficulty quite a bit. And that's where the game loses just a little bit of ground. The original Spelunky was already known as a challenging game for even the best player. But the sequel makes that look like child's play by comparison. The difficulty's only magnified by the random nature of each playthrough, as the new and more complex pieces used to create each stage occasionally fail to fit together nicely. This can lead to some playthroughs feeling almost impossible to beat. Usually, failing out of a stage and restarting, complete with a brand-new build of a stage, can fix the issue. But it's still one bit of shaky ground left on an otherwise solid gaming foundation.
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