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Hands-on impressions of Spelunky 2 from PAX West 2018.

I got a chance to try out Spelunky 2 on the show floor of PAX West 2018, and it's pretty much exactly what I was hoping for: More Spelunky.

The earlier levels I was able to play both solo and co-op don't do much to radically change the formula of the first , but it's a formula that was already as close to perfectly tuned as you can potentially get. More of that is by no means a bad thing.

Watch the first gameplay video of Spelunky 2 here:

Spelunky 2 isn't exactly the same, of course. There were a host of new enemies to fight, obstacles to avoid, and treasures to collect. I didn't get far enough into its still brutally lethal depths to see things like the new mounts or the liquid physics we saw in its latest trailer, but there was still plenty of stuff I hadn't seen before early on.

The new characters are charming successors to the originals, with the main one, Ana, literally being the daughter of the first game's protagonist. The weirdest was likely Roffy D. Sloth, who is literally a sloth that looks sort of like The Fonz — though the fact that Colin Northward is based on game developer Colin Northway is wonderfully strange in its own right.

Frankly, Spelunky 2 is a hard game to demo on a convention floor. It's unforgiving, which I love, but the gameplay trailer above gave glimpses of so many wonderful new areas we weren't able to sample.

It left me wanting more, and wondering how truly different its later levels get. But, again, more Spelunky is not something I'm complaining about, and coming away from it knowing that the sequel would deliver that without its Fonz sloth jumping the shark was comforting.

We'll be sure to bring you more on Spelunky 2 when we get a longer look at it, and stick around this weekend for more games from PAX West 2018.

Tom Marks is Tech's PC Editor and pie maker. You can follow him on Twitter.

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