Spelunker HD

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Spelunker HD - Japanese logo.jpg
Japanese logo.
Developer(s) Irem Software Engineering
Publisher(s) Irem Software Engineering, Tozai Games
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
  • JP: March 26, 2009
  • NA: November 23, 2010
  • EU: August 10, 2011
Genre(s) Platformer

Spelunker HD, known in Japan as Minna de Spelunker (みんなでスペランカー Minna de Superankā?), is a PlayStation 3 downloadable platform video game developed by Irem Software Engineering and published by Irem Software Engineering and Tozai Games. It is a remake of the 1985 NES port of Irem's arcade version of Tim Martin's Spelunker and it was available on the PlayStation Network's Store. While in terms of gameplay the game does not differ greatly from the original,[citation needed] it adds HD graphics, although the NES version can still be played, as well as 100 all-new levels over 10 different locations.[1]

It was first announced on TGS 2008. It was released in Japan on March 26, 2009,[2] the rest of Asia on July 28, 2009,[3] in North America on November 23, 2010,[4] and in Europe on August 10, 2011.[5]

In 2015, Square Enix announced a free-to-play sequel for the PlayStation 4 titled Spelunker World.[6]

PlayStation Home[edit]

Irem has released a PlayStation Home themed space based on the remake, Minna de Spelunker, in the Japanese version of PlayStation Home on March 19, 2009 and the Asian version on July 23, 2009. This space is called the "Gathering Place for Spelunkers" and includes a Message Board, a video screen, seating for the avatars, a Stone Monument which is a credits reel of the developers, eight artifact displays, three in-lounge avatars that tell the users something (Weedy Spelunker?, Wise Boy, & Muttering Old Man), and a full game launching support feature accessed by the Stone Statues of the Moon & Sun or the Stone Statues of the Wind & Rain. There are also dancing purple ghost that come out at certain times.[7] There is also an expansion to the space, called "The Bat-infested Abandoned Mine Cave", that takes users deeper into the cave of the Gathering Place for Spelunkers. Here they can play Flashbang Launcher where they collect the Flashband, the Underground Key (Red), and the Dynamite without getting hit by bat guano, then they play Rocks that can be destroyed by dynamite and blow up rocks with the dynamite collected, then they play Minecarts and ride a cart to a place where they get chased by a boulder to a room. In the room there is a shop with Minna de Spelunker related items. There is also a door called The door to the 2nd level underground? which when accessing, gives the users a prize, but cannot be opened until a later time.

The game of Minna de Spelunker supports Home rewards such as a spelunker costume for the users avatars.

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