Let’s just toss this right out there on the table. I’m hooked on Spelunky on XBLA. Ever since the game came out several weeks ago my gaming break time has been spent trying to push through this damn hard game.
It’s always been hard for me to find games that I could both be challenged by and enjoy at the same time. More often than not, the games I truly enjoy don’t exactly keep me up nights, and the games that challenge me are often not played again once I’m done with them.
Spelunky manages to do both. I’m near the end but can’t quite get there yet, but have no desire to move on right now. I’m going to do this, damn it. I’m going to complete this game.
It got me to thinking about the last time a game managed to do this to me. Best answer I could give came back in 1990 when I picked up the Konami ass-kicker The Adventures of Bayou Billy.