Conclusion: It's worth noting that Spelunky XBLA is a remake of the original Spelunky on PC which can be downloaded and played for no charge at all, so if the 1200msp price tag is a bit off putting try out the free PC version, as the games are very very similar in general. http://spelunkyworld.com/original.html
Excerpt: You drop off a ledge, your hands nervously gripping a flickering torch, which is your only source of light in these deadly, trap-filled corridors. For a split second, your mind wanders back to the encounter with a gargantuan reptilian creature that left you severely wounded.
Pros: Everything about it, The constant sense of discovery, Learning how to challenge your limits
Cons: Everything about it if you’re short-tempered, No online co-op, You will have to go to bed and stop playing at some point
Conclusion: Spelunky is a strong candidate for the game of 2012. It is arguably a perfect example of the potential of video games as entertainment – an easily understood, rapidly-learned set of rules which govern a game which can only be improved at by practice and mastery of those rules.
Excerpt: Most platformers are won or lost by memorisation. Learn the controls and study your terrain and you'll eventually end up on top of the flagpole or through the spinning golden ring. In Spelunky's procedurally generated world, however, the comforting familiarity of muscle memory is nowhere to be found...
Summary: Spelunky is a brilliant 2D cavern explorer that reminds us of the old days of gaming, where one foul move spelled the end of that run and the complete restart of the game that you had worked so hard on.
Pros: Beautiful 2D graphics, Difficulty will be welcomed by fans of hardcore gaming experiences, Multiplayer deathmatch is very fun
Cons: I WANT TO KILL THIS GAME SOMETIMES, Spelunky can be extremely frustrating, Multiplayer is local only, there's no online
Conclusion: Spelunky is a great game. There are no technical issues to hold it back, the controls are solid, the art is awesome, the multiplayer is fun, and the challenge is superb. The game can be really rough when you can’t make progress for hours on end, but overall I think people will find Spelunky to be a...
Excerpt: Spelunky is a game where death is permanent. Let me say that again — once you die, you start back at the beginning of the game. Death can come in all shapes and sizes — instant spike pit deaths, arrow traps, bat bites, piranha chomps, and Indiana Jones boulder splats.