Everyday Spelunker Review
- Novel for anyone who remembers Spelunky.
- Controls are awful.
- Constant deaths are off-putting.
- Features high up-front price and IAPs.
Though Everyday Spelunker does bring Spelunky to your iPhone, the atrocious controls and never-ending deaths make you wonder why they bothered.
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Spelunker is a platformer created in 1983, remembered fondly by owners of PCs and Commodore 64s. The game was notoriously difficult, and falling to an untimely death was a frequent occurance. Factor in traps, hazards, and a ghost that just won't leave you alone, and you have an experience that could only be remembered fondly by masochists.
Now, Spelunker has been faithfully ported to the iOS under the title Everyday Spelunker. So, 30 years on, how does the game stand up?
Now, we could just say 'badly' and leave it at that, but we should probably elaborate a little more.
There are on screen buttons which let you move, jump, and perform the spelunker's actions. If you just press the action button, a jet of air will be sprayed in the direction you are facing. This is a good deterrent for any ghosts who are floating by, but it does leave you vulnerable to attack for a few seconds. You can also plant bombs and fire arrows, the latter of which are needed to take care of bats that fly around above you, spraying more guano than seems healthy for a creature that size.
The buttons are very small and oddly unresponsive, making it easy to miss a jump or movement cue by accidentally pressing the wrong area of the screen. These error cause you to die. In fact, almost everything in Everyday Spelunker causes you to die. You miss a jump, you die. You hit a foe, you die. The ghost appears... you get the picture.
In game which revolves around death, we wonder why the developers gave us unlimited continues and generous check pointing, but chose to keep the lives system in place. This results in an experience far more frustrating than challenging, and a stark reminder of how game design has changed in the last thirty years.
There will no doubt be some players who will seek to rise to the challenge Everyday Spelunker offers. There will be those who remember the game fondly and wish to give it another try. But, considering the game's high price point, unreliable controls and maddening gameplay, we'd suggest you give this nostalgia trip a miss.
Description30th SPELUNKER ANNIVERSARY!
Now you can explore the cave while on the go!
OLD MEMORIES AND OUTRAGEOUS ADVENTURES ARE BEING REVIVED!
That’s right - gaming’s reputed weakest character has finally made his way to your iOS device, and his fate rests squarely in your hands. It’s up to you to safely navigate him through the dangerous caves in search of legendary treasures.
THE 1985 CONSOLE VERSION FAITHFULLY RECREATED!
The game is faithful to the original console version – down to how quickly the hyperventilating explorer burns through his air supply. But you’ll be holding your breath plenty as you try to maneuver past bats, spiders, snakes and other horrors lurking within the four colossal levels!
THAT EERIE CHANGE IN MUSIC CAN ONLY MEAN ONE THING…
A nasty ghost has caught your scent!! These relentless pests have been waiting around for more than three decades for a new slew of unsuspecting explorers… and they’re primed to exact their revenge. But don’t overlook a steam geyser, pit or ledge or you’ll be quickly reminded of why the Spelunkers who live to see daylight are a select breed.
A LITTLE LOVE FROM THE DEVELOPERS
In case you haven’t noticed a recurring theme – there are tons of ways to die in Spelunker! So, to show how much we feel your pain, we’ve added a rope-assist feature that can be activated in the UI. This handy little feature will make jumping from rope to ledge a much safer prospect than ever before.
• Four colossal caves to explore
• Touch optimized controls
• New rope-assist feature – no more falling!
• Worldwide leaderboards and achievements
• Cheating? New continue feature – you may finally complete the game!
• Wallpaper and sound options