The famous saga of exploration and playability 2D returns with a very particular delivery that reaches both Nintendo Switch and PC only digitally. We analyze what this new version offers for four simultaneous players: Spelunker Party!
Although it may sound a bit exaggerated for some of you, for me Spelunker was one of the most outstanding games of those that appeared on NES (although you already know that this was not the original format) that did not end up arriving in Europe. It was a very simple platform title that enjoyed a special “touch” that differentiated it from the rest, a franchise that fortunately has been rescued from ostracism for a few years.
Precisely the previous title of this saga, Spelunker World, serves as the basis to give life to Spelunker Party! , a title that despite its name has nothing to do with family games based on the mini-games. No way. It is a 2D development platformer adventure that allows us to progress through a very simplified world map in the style enjoyed in other games with similar characteristics and in which we have more than a hundred different phases. A trip quite entertaining and that surely will delight lovers of this type of proposal, although we are not facing a magnificent title in any of its sections.
The story that gives rise to the adventure is as ñoña as forgettable. A meteorite falls into the world where the young Spelunkette lives, who are encouraged to investigate what happened. I said, a narrative burden as simple as trivial.
Explore in companyFortunately, the gameplay behind Spelunker Party! has more chicha Our mission is to enter a large number of caves with a labyrinthine design, especially those that we must explore from the second half of the game. And what do we have to do inside it? Well, simply find the exit, a task that is not at all simple, so do not be fooled by the infantile character that presents its graphic style because of Spelunker Party! It is not a walk in the park precisely.
Each of the levels presents innumerable deadly dangers. And I say mortals because the slightest failure results in the death of the protagonist and the corresponding loss of one of their precious lives. Ghosts and specters, the classic lethal spikes, unexpected falls and other obstacles and traps (including some other final boss) make it difficult for us to advance, to which several other inconveniences are added. One is the lack of air, being necessary to “refuel” in certain specific places of the sets to avoid falling round. And on the other hand, it is also necessary to obtain colored keys that allow us to gain access to areas that are sealed first.
Win notably in the company of other players
Very simple but very challenging gameplay that, in addition, is spiced by two very important aspects. The main one is the possibility of being able to face the complete adventure in the company of up to three friends (two less than what was enjoyed in the aforementioned Spelunker World) thanks to the online and offline multiplayer mode that this show also holds, a factor that from my point of view sight becomes its main attraction. Without it, nothing is the same and, in fact, it is impossible to obtain certain hidden objects without the collaboration of at least one traveling companion.
The so-called Litho stones are spread across all the stages. And what happens if we collect them? Well, if we join all the pieces that make up each of these stones in full we will get a different item or complement. There are more than 200 of these objects and far from acting as mere pieces of props, each of them provides us with an advantage such as more resistance, a greater range for our attacks, etc. It is even possible to go enjoying the company of some pets that, in addition, provide us with certain special skills!
A very simple game mechanic that, however, is capable of providing good moments of fun … especially playing in the company of other players. An indispensable condition to get all the juice to a title that, yes, is losing freshness as the hour’s pass due to the invariability of their proposal. Something more diversity would not have hurt the development, but hey, in spite of that it is a pleasant title and that also has an estimable duration.
Technically Spelunker Party! It is a very simple game that gives everything in favor of sympathy … and little else. Designs and very basic modeling, minimalist animations and little recharged scenarios of elements are what this work offers us in this facet, something that fortunately does not entail any impairment for its gameplay. The sound maintains this same line, with sympathetic melodies and effects that fulfill their function.
This adventure bases a large part of its appeal on the interesting online and offline multiplayer mode suitable for a maximum of four simultaneous players. An option that brings a lot of interest to the games and that, without it, the adventure loses a lot, especially with the passing of the hours. A relatively durable title that despite not highlighting practically in any section, manages to entertain.
- Good assortment of levels and content in general
- The multiplayer mode is very entertaining
- Great bunch of objects to go collecting
- Playing alone loses part of his grace
- The development ends up being somewhat monotonous
- Technically it is very simple