• Publisher: Ariolasoft
• Developer:
Release Date: 1984
Tim Martin
GFX: Tim Martin
Music: Tim Martin

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 79%
Our Game Rating: 80%


FILE: spelunkerend.zip


> SPELUNKER by Ariolasoft

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Spelunker by Ariolasoft is an action game that has you roaming caverns and collecting treasure in order to reach the temple at the heart of the caves that holds the hidden treasure. The graphics are poor, the sound is poor and the control method is poor. That, however, doesn't make it an awful game - just a frustrating one. The caverns are large with many items to collect so there's a lot to do. Jumping around and dodging ghosts takes great skill and will take practice to do well enough to get far in this game. Overall it's fun exploring, but you die so often and have to repeat sections over and over - making it all a bit boring. I preferred playing Montezuma's Revenge - it looks and plays far better and it's an overall better experience. I'm sure Spelunker will appeal to a lot of gamers, as it's quirky and has great depth - but sadly it wasn't for me...

The game is complete!

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used cheats that gave me infinite lives, keys, dynamite etc

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: At the end of the last level you see the temple. Approaching the passage leading up to it causes the wall to crumble and open a hidden pathway. The screen flashes and a tune plays. You have finally made it to the end. A message then appears, which reads: 'YOU ARE NOW ONE OF THE SKILFUL AND THE BRAVE WHO HAVE REACHED THE HIDDEN TREASURE'. The message flashes various colours and pressing the fire button takes you to the high score table.


  • Neil: What?! I don't get to see the treasure? That sucks.

  • Vinny: Heh-heh... I enjoy playing this game, though as Neil said, it is quirky and very frustrating at times. It's a wonder that I ever persisted with it! It's just unfortunate that the ending is so basic :(

  • Andrew Fisher: For the time, you'd expect a simple ending and that's what you get... it's one of those cult games, if you played it back then you'll rave about it.

  • Brendan Phoenix: I wanted to see the treasure as well. Gutted.

    It's a rubbish ending, but of it's time so not really shocked by how poor it is.

FINAL SAY: A huge let down after all that adventuring. Yet another terrible C64 ending.

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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