Spelunker HD, known in Japan as Minna de Superankā (みんなでスペランカー), is a PlayStation 3 game developed and published by Irem Software Engineering. It is a downloadable game from the PlayStation Network’s Store It is a remake of the 1985 NES port of Irem’s arcade version of Tim Martin’s Spelunker. While in terms of gameplay the game does not differ greatly from the original, it adds HD graphics, although the NES version can still be played, as well as 100 all-new levels over 10 different locations.
It was first announced on TGS 2008. It was released in Japan on March 26, 2009, the rest of Asia on July 28, 2009, and in North America on November 23, 2010.
Originally devised by lone coder Tim Martin, the game became a hit in Japan in 1985 when Irem released a Famicom version. The action takes place in a huge cave hiding a valuable artifact in its deepest reaches – determined to recover the treasure, the player uses bombs and flares to disperse barriers and enemies, which include bats with posionous droppings. The game was, like many early platform titles, insanely difficult at times, with many a ‘leap of faith’ moment – usually ending in death. The remake, which boasts 3D graphics, 100 new levels, and multiplayer modes, was originally released in Japan, but the appearance of a US version suggests a European release won’t be far away.