Before there was Spelunky, there was a 1980s platformer called Spelunker. The ultra-challenging platformer saw players navigating deadly caves with little chance of survival. That game was remade and expanded as Spelunker HD on PlayStation 3, but it’s not exactly easy (or even possible) to play PS3 games on modern consoles. Hence, ININ and Tozai Games have recently brought Spelunker HD Deluxe to PlayStation and Switch, complete with 4-player local and 6-player online co-op. The hard part now is both mastering the game and finding co-op partners who have the skills to pay the bills.
The Co-Op Experience: 3 out of 4 modes support cooperative exploration. In Adventure and Endless Mode NEO, players do not share lives but can revive a player who runs out of lives. In Challenge Mode, players share lives. Most online modes default to a split-screen view, but the view can be toggled to full-screen as well.
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