Spelunker (Ariolasoft/Broderbund) Review | Computer Gamer - Everygamegoing

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Spelunker
By Ariolasoft
Commodore 64

 
Published in Computer Gamer #3

Spelunker

Despite having to make continual disk accesses, this is a highly excellent game. The depth of detail and imagery of the playing areas is wonderful. The problems that need to be solved are also very good.

But first let me fill you in on the game. You are going down a mine that has claimed many other miners after the usual treasures that anybody would find down a mineshaft. On your way, the ghosts of previous miners try to attack you (however, you have an anti-ghost gun to fend them off), bats drop things on you, volcanic things spit at you, and the entire terrain seems to be after your blood.

On the way you must collect dynamite, flares, and energy, as well as the elusive treasures you have to find. Flares are used to scare off the bats, and blockages can be cleared by the bombs.

The game is broadly ladders and ramps from the original Miner 2049:er, and its clone Manic Miner, mould with a lot of differences. The game is not screen-based, you don't have to complete one screen before going on to the next in fact you can almost come and go as you please.

All in all, this is one of the best ladders and ramps games that I have seen.