Classic adventuring through the bowels of the earth is given a vibrant High Definition update in Spelunker HD for PlayStation 3. Download it from PlayStation Store and discover that a pioneer spirit doesn’t always guarantee a high pain threshold.
Spelunker, our determined yet absurdly frail hero, can crumble at the slightest whiff of peril. Whether he’s tumbling down flights of no more than a couple of stairs, stubbing his toes or stumbling into a pit of snakes, jeopardy follows him even when no evil forces are nearby.
Helping this clumsy cavalier of caves to the ancient treasures within them is therefore tricky – and success is to be worn as a badge of honour, just as it was back in 1983, when the original Spelunker was released in arcades to great acclaim.
Recapture that distinctive 1980s look by playing through the game with its original pixelated visuals. Thankfully, modern touches extend to letting you save your progress regularly, while the newly animated Spelunker waddles with a chunky grace, encouraging the lingering feeling that his next trip will be onto his nose rather than pastures new.