Spelunky 2 - Bring Your Daughter to Work day

I’m pretty much done playing the game myself – there’s just too little variety to make it interesting for me. My kids still love playing it though, and I’d love to have a proper split-screen multiplayer for them rather than the horrible flag system. It’s really disappointing that they haven’t been able to add that. Hopefully the modding community will be able to add it in.

@Scotch_Lufkin, thanks for posting that. I tried it out and Overlunky is really cool. This will help my practice to get better at the main game, and I love the zoom out.

Very cool!

Yeah, I really love Spelunky 2 a lot - it’s just a strictly better Spelunky in my mind, with a ton more variety and tons of more stuff/things to explore and do on a given run, but it can be overwhelming and a real challenge to get to those crazy endings and see stuff like that. I’m about 200 hours in already, it’s been a wild ride.

Will I rebuy these for the 3rd time? Why yes I will. Also as an update, I still haven’t finished S2 despite trying daily.

Finally started to dabble with Spelunky 2 on the PS5 (and a liiiittle on PC as well) - so far my arch has been the same as the first game: Struggling to get past first world initially because I just can’t let the shopkeepers be (and because mole). Figured out how to beat them semi-consistently now so I’m reaching world 2. I’ve yet to get to use the Wadjet eye I make sure to pick up almost every run…

Is anyone active on the daily challenges? I’d add you for some extra incentive to do a run each day :)

I haven’t been but I could be persuaded to get back into a daily run. My steam name is sdlufkin, iirc.

Added! I’ll show up as Affordable Care Act I think

I saw it and added you! Good luck!

I did the daily! Died on jungle lvl 3 because I was soo afraid to go close to those dudes with a ghost and spiked myself instead :S If anyone wants to add me on steam you should find me here: Steam Community :: Affordable Care Act

Also, I found some kind of cross platform sync, I’ll try and see how that plays with my PS edition.

First impressions from Game Pass version of Spelunky 2:

Wow, this is way easier than Spelunky, where I couldn’t even get past the first level. In this one, the first level doesn’t even have any enemies! It’s a tutorial! It’s so nice to start the game off and it teaches you how to play! It makes it way superior to the first one!

Of course, once the actual game started, I got to the shop, I bought more rope, and threw my dog off a cliff, it died, and I died soon after. The tutorial didn’t really prepare me for the concept that I seem to take damage from falling off really high heights. But it’s not clear how high.

Oh yeah, and I always get killed by blow darts coming out of traps.

And there seems to be no metaprogress, just you die and you start over as if you never played the game before.

The meta progression is in your head.

Yup. It’s old-school rogue-like. You, the player, get better with every death and lesson learned. The character is static in ability between runs.

There are some unlocks but they are mostly cosmetic (new characters to play as with a different look like their rope style or the color of the health icon) or shortcuts (never use these unless you feel like you want practice in a given biome).

My “meta” progression in Spelunky 1:
2017: Completed the tutorial
2020: Reached the jungle
2021: Completed the game (regular, not hell)

It was a tough nut to crack for sure.

I’m going to try to preface this by saying I only mean to talk about my own experience and not judge other people’s. I’m not attacking anyone.

Negative impressions

After a few more deaths, just like with the first Spelunky, I’m just really struggling to find any quality in this one that I’m supposed to hold onto or enjoy or cherish or dig. The jumping doesn’t feel good, using the whip doesn’t feel good, traversal doesn’t feel particularly good, the art doesn’t give me any joy, the music doesn’t ping me in any way, the atmosphere is non-existent as far as I can tell. There’s hardly any narrative. I just… I don’t … I have no idea what I’m supposed to hold onto, what I’m supposed to be seeking exactly. There was no thrill at reaching the shop keeper or finishing a level, only annoyance that I can’t always do it.

The jumping and traversal kind of reminds me of the LittleBigPlanet games, it just feels joyless somehow. It’s all very perplexing.

That’s the polar opposite of my Spelunky 2 journey. It’s… wild.

I still play this most every night on the Switch while I watch TV with the missus. This happened last night.

Woah. He touched you and you didn’t die!

He has to be “rolling” to kill you - but even outside of the roll he does 2 damage, iirc. It was not ideal. I didn’t panic though!

I just got it on my Switch as well (there is a sale in the European zone, first time ever I think).
The difficulty isn’t a legend: even as a Spelunky semi-veteran, I died in a matter of seconds in my first dozen runs. This game really archens back to the original Spelunker memories in that way!
I had to pull myself away. I remember once upon a time we discussed the visuals, but I think I enjoy them more than the previous games’: everything is so clear.