Spelunky Classic HD ported to the PSVita: Explore caves and hunt treasure on your PSVita with this homebrew GameMaker game!
SilicaAndPina’s G*Maker is already bearing fruit as even a few days after its release, some community members are porting GameMaker: Studio games to the PSVita! This time, Spelunky Classic HD has been ported which allows you to explore caves and look for treasure with enhanced graphics over the original Spelunky Classic game
What is Spelunky Classic HD?
Spelunky Classic HD is an enhanced version of the original Spelunky game (which was renamed to Spelunky Classic).
Spelunky Classic is a cave exploration game in which you hunt treasure, kill enemies and dodge traps among others things. This game, by Derek Yu, was originally released in 2009 as freeware but later on in 2012, an HD reboot (that’s available for the Vita via PSN) of it was released for which you have to pay $15.
Spelunky Classic HD, by yancharkin, took the original Spelunky game (which was converted to GM:S by Darius Kazemi and YoYo games) and improved upon it by adding:
- Support for different aspect ratios like 16:9 (which is found on many of today’s screens)
- Support for touch input
- Translation support (there’s a Spanish one available)
What about the PSVita port?
The PSVita got its port by Reddit user ‘tijesef‘ and G*Maker was used to make it possible. Spelunky Classic HD works pretty well on the Vita and has the following features:
- Excellent performance with no performance drops at all
- 16:9 video so you don’t have to bother with letter boxed gameplay
- Audio support
- Ability to use the d-pad or analogue stick to control the game
- This game makes no use of the touch screen so it’s PSTV-friendly!
According to ‘tijesef’, this game port is intended to show the potential of SilicaAndPina’s G*Maker to the PSVita. Without a doubt, this shows how well GM:Studio games work on the PSVita and will hopefully lead to many ports of open-source GameMaker games!
To grab Spelunky Classic HD for the PSVita, simply follow the link below and download the VPK. The VPK is 76MB large so it’ll take a while to install. As of writing this article, it isn’t available on VitaDB (VHBB’s source) so you have to get it manually.
For some reason, it asks for unsafe permissions but I can personally confirm that the VPK I installed is safe.(MD5:23668d84214502a3915897233c4f0c30).
Spelunky Classic HD Reddit thread (download link + instructions): https://www.reddit.com/r/vitahacks/comments/9p14qt/spelunky_classic_hd_vita_port/
Official Spelunky game for the PSVita (via PSN): https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP4407-PCSE00288_00-SPELUNKY00000000