If you’re a fan of brutal unforgiving roguelikes, but don’t quite have the money to shell out $14.99 for the HD version of Spelunky, then Spelunky SD might just be perfect for you. Especially now that “YellowAfterLife” has released a co-op version of the game to play with your friends.
For those of you unfamiliar with Spelunky, it is a 2D cave exploring permadeath game in which you must simply make it to the end of the game by proceeding through the doors at the end of the levels. It’s not as easy as it sounds though, as traps, monsters, and enemies will all go out of their way in an attempt to make sure you don’t.
Spelunky was originally released on the PC as the “Classic” version, and then moved to consoles with a significant graphics upgrade. Modders then picked up work on the classic Spelunky as it was released as an open-source project. Eventually the HD version of Spelunky also moved to PC.
“Legends speak of a Colossal Cave that extends deep underground, so twisted by time that its passages shift like the sand under which it lies… the Cave is said to be filled with fabulous treasures, but also incredible danger!”
It was not all fun and games though, as the developer of Spelunky SD claimed it took three months to get the co-op version implemented. It was not actually implementing the multiplayer that was the problem for “YellowAfterLife,” but the fact that the game simply refused to recognize the other player. Meaning enemies, traps, and more would outright ignore the second player.
Eventually after long hours of testing and development, however, the mod was finished. The mod currently supports 2 players and the developer has expressed interest in multiplayer PvP, a level editor, and compatability for Mac and Linux. However, the developer has said he plans to pursue other games, working on fine-tuning his implementations of multiplayer.
You can check out the developer’s full entry at: http://yal.cc/
To pick up the mod you can head over to: http://gamejolt.com/