Classic 80’s platformer Spelunker has made its way to mobile! Tozai Games’ Everday Spelunker brings all the maddening fun of the famously challenging game to your pocket. The game came to iOS this fall (grab it here) and was just announced for Android devices as well (grab it here)!
Everyday Spelunker pays homage to its 8-bit forefather with a delightfully retro style. It’s a port of the NES classic and would look at home on a crackling, 19-inch Zenith tube TV. The game maintains its 4 x 3 aspect ratio, using the rest of your smartphone’s screen real estate as dedicated sidebars for a virtual d-pad and buttons
While the insane difficulty and pixel style remain true to its past, certain features have been added to ease the transition to touch screen. There’s a “rope assist” feature, and endless continues add a modern forgiveness to the hardcore 80’s gameplay.
The main game costs $3.99, and customers can also purchase two add-on episodes,Episode 2: Deep into Another Mine and Episode 3: New Challenges for $0.99 each. For more information Tozai Games’ announcement follows below:
Everyday Spelunker is Now Available for Android Devices
Mobile version of the classic punishing platformer Spelunker®
arrives on Google Play to confound Android gamers
Bellevue, Wash. — December 10, 2013 — Tozai Games announced today that Spelunker®, the fiendishly challenging classic platformer, is now available worldwide on Google Play for Android devices as Everyday Spelunker after its initial debut on iOS. Fondly remembered for its exacting controls and ridiculous number of ways to die, the original title has become a cult phenomenon, particularly in Japan, inspiring musical tributes, toys, comics, and even sports slang. Everyday Spelunker remains faithful to this legacy by providing an authentic Spelunker experience specifically tailored to mobile devices.
A skillful recreation of the NES original, Everyday Spelunker has added several helpful features to ensure that the series’ classic magic remains intact with the touchscreen interface. For example, the new “rope assist” feature that ensures no slippage on those pesky ropes, and “endless continues” which may provide some relief to determined explorers.
Two mobile-exclusive “Episodes” have also been implemented as optional downloadable content in Everyday Spelunker. For those who can’t get enough of the game’s exciting, cave-dwelling madness, these include the brand new Episode 2: Deep into Another Mine and Episode 3: New Challenges, with the potential for future installments.
“When I served as executive producer on the NES game, we had no idea that Spelunker would begin such a phenomenon. It is a pleasant surprise, even to this day,” says Scott Tsumura, Tozai’s co-founder. “For a character who dies so easily, his notoriety has endured for three decades now, and he continues to gain new fans. We are excited to bring Spelunker to contemporary mobile platforms such as Android.”
Everyday Spelunker is now available for $3.99 on Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.tozaigames.everydayspelunker, with Episode 2: Deep into Another Mine and Episode 3: New Challenges for $0.99 each. Please visit www.everydayspelunker.com for more information. An iOS version is also available in the App Store.
Four colossal caves to explore in the Main Game
Dynamite-blasting, flare-launching, cart-riding, quicksand-evading fun
New “rope assist” feature assures no-slip grip on ropes
New “endless continues” feature may allow players to complete the game for the very first time
Supports Google Play Game Services leaderboards and achievements
Episode 2: Deep into Another Mine and Episode 3: New Challenges are available as in-app purchases
Includes wallpaper and sound options
Created by Tim Martin in 1983, Spelunker is the weakest action hero in the history of video games, whose colossal spirit for adventure is countered only by his miniscule threshold for pain. Wander through miles of uncharted caves in search of the legendary underground pyramid and its vast treasures. But beware of the scalding steam vents, poisonous bats and the avenging spirits of dead spelunkers that lurk in every corner of this massive underground labyrinth. In recognition of its ongoing popularity and cameo appearances in Japanese pop culture, Spelunker was presented with the Retro Game Award for Excellence at the 2007 Tokyo Game Show, and received the PlayStation Store Top Sales Award in 2009.
About Tozai Games
From the classics of yesterday to the original IP of tomorrow, Tozai Games delivers lasting gaming experiences to passionate gamers around the globe. Based in Bellevue, Washington, and Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, Tozai Games is an experienced team of professionals dedicated to building successful licensing and publishing relationships around the world.
For more information about Everyday Spelunker, as well as a complete history of the Spelunker game and its wacky fandom, visit http://www.everydayspelunker.com/ and http://www.spelunker-hd.com/. Keep up to date with Spelunker news at the Spelunker Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SpelunkerHD. To download Spelunker or other Tozai Games’ assets go to http://press.tozaigames.com/.