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Daniel Thomas MacInnes - 24/07/2018
The deaths from falling are stupid cheap, but there's no denying the appeal of this classic platformer from 1984. I prefer this version to the later NES release, although that version has some really wonderful music. There are endless challenges and obstacles in these caverns that will keep you on your toes. The controls could be a touch tighter (not falling from ropes and easy falls would help), but for a pre-Super Mario world, this is very good.
Katie - 24/10/2017
For the person who is looking for keyboard controls, I remember D for dropping a dynamite and the space bar turns on your fan to chase the ghosts away. Played this game a TON on a pirated copy from my dad when I was a little kid and my sisters and I died many ghost-inflicted deaths before we figured out the space bar, will never forget it! BTW I remember a different load screen and the Gates of Kieve playing
dackycat - 08/06/2017
Great, addictive game. I agree with the others who said the controls could be VERY touchy and unforgiving, but the gameplay was worth the aggravation. A very colorful and mysterious world to explore. I think I finished it twice.
Punkydudester - 21/12/2014
I love this game. This game made me fall in love with Broderbund Software. The intro alone when you first load it was amazing with awesome music. After that I looked for games with the same quality. Other versions just don't compare to this amazing original.
Daniel Thomas MacInnes - 09/05/2011
Spelunker was a great action platformer on the Atari 800, but Tim Whatshisname should be beaten with an ugly stick for mangling the controls. It's far too easy to fall off ropes or ladders, or just get killed by tripping on something. If you're a fat spelunker who gets killed so easily, maybe you should stay home.
Gwobby - 31/05/2010
Great Game! Loads of information and link to Spelunker Manual here:
http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/160891-spelunker-manual/page__p__1980794__hl__spelunker__fromsearch__1#entry1980794
Muffy St. Bernard - 25/05/2010
@Clark923, I think it's "D" for dynamite, "F" for flare, and SPACE to kill the ghosts.
CLARK923 - 11/05/2010
I recently played spelunker, but it's been over 20 years and I cannot remember or find the keyboard instructions (commands) does anyone know where I can find them?
lotek style - 01/04/2010
After quite a while I did manage to play it to the end. Quite cool game!
Mario - 23/09/2009
This was my favorite game on the Atari computers. It is a great platformer, with a great feeling of truely exploring a dangerous cave system. The controls are a bit unforgiving, but one can master them and really enjoy the game. The subsequent arcade and Nintendo NES versions are horrible in comparison to the original. Even if you don't like those, give the Atari version a try.
John - 29/05/2009
This was one of my favorite games on the Atari. After playing many, many times, I reached the final pyramid, then lost the game one jump short of the endgame. I didn't know I had gotten so close to the end until more than 10 years later, when I finished the game on an emulator.
Muffy St. Bernard - 25/11/2007
I did manage to finish the game on an 800XL long ago...no crashing. But there was definitely a bug at the waterfall; about 50% of the time you'd just get stuck at the bottom of the falls.
Paulio - 21/11/2007
Yeah Gourdin, I can only get to the pyramid using an emulator. In the past on my Atari 800, the game would always crash at the same point. GREAT platformer game.
gourdin - 08/10/2007
amazing game

I played a lot this game, I only reach the pyramid replaying it under an emulator :)

I think this was the best game I played on my atari800xl
Siegfried Lenz - 25/09/2005
One of the "great" Atari 8-bit games. A huge "world" to discover for its time. It took me days and numerous attempts to finally reach the pyramid.

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GenreArcade - Platformer (Scrolling)Year1984
LanguageMachine LanguagePublisherBrøderbund Software
ControlsJoystick, KeyboardDeveloper-
Players1, DemoCountryUSA
Programmer(s)

Martin, Tim / Barber, Robert

LicenseCommercial
Graphic Artist(s)

Foley, Cash / Barber, Robert

Medium Disk 
Sound

Martin, Tim

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Cover Artist(s)?SerialATDSK-133
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