Square Enix's Project Code Z Is a New, PS4-Exclusive Spelunker

Minna de Spelunker Z coming to Japan on March 19.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

A new Spelunker game, Minna de Spelunker Z, is coming exclusively to the PlayStation 4, publisher Square Enix has announced.

Earlier this week, the Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider publisher launched a teaser website for an upcoming game with the working title "Project Code Z." Today, during the Tokaigi 2015 event in Japan, the company revealed that game is based on the original Spelunker, which was first released in 1983.

These days, you might better recognize Spelunker's gameplay from a more recent popular game it inspired, Spelunky. As you can see in the trailer above, much like Spelunky, Spelunker is a 2D platformer, where you venture into a cave, jump around, climb ropes, and collect treasure.

Minna de Spelunker Z is being developed by Tozai Games and will release in Japan on March 19. It will be free-to-play, and while it's not yet clear how Square Enix plans to monetize it, we can see an inventory system in the trailer where you can equip your character with different items and outfits.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 164 comments about this story
164 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for Stogin

Man I don't think Square could be any more off the mark than they have been this gen and last gen. Like anyone was praying for another Spelunky game...

Avatar image for esqueejy


Avatar image for epobirs

Could be good if they appreciate what made the original enjoyable. I'm glad they showed the original Atari 800 version rather than the NES. It's annoyed me how many time I've seen it referenced as an NES game when it didn't originate there. At the time it first appeared it was pretty innovative but those elements had become much more common by the time the NES verson appeared.

Avatar image for Ladiesman17

Z stands for ZOMG!!

Avatar image for hexadecimal255

I can only assume that nintendo turned this down. RE-DO FF7!

Avatar image for porterhoarder


Avatar image for lion2447

Woopee, another free to play (pay to advance) game from Square-Enix. They're taking a game from the 80's, rehashing it and making it worse. At least the original game didn't bug you every five minutes to put down more money to continue playing or make your playing more enjoyable. If they were trying to win their fans back with FFXV, they're not helping with games like this.

Avatar image for kasyhearn

<< LINK REMOVED >> android becomes more smart with gaming smart WATCH..enjoy gaming on smart watch

Avatar image for hexadecimal255

<< LINK REMOVED >> Sod off.

Avatar image for abcdefgabcdefgz

this looks worse than spelunky. Why bother?

Avatar image for 001011000101101

... really?

Avatar image for The_Last_Paladi

I have to admit, I'm a little bit underwhelm and disappointed in this reveal. I guess this is great for some though...

Avatar image for fearsyth

I would not consider this a Square Enix game. They are only the publisher. They publish a lot of crap by other game companies.

Avatar image for zor3333l

i was sad it isn't coming to Pc then i read free-to-play and po0f, i don't care about this game anymore.

Avatar image for advocacy

Free-to-play. =(

Avatar image for jaydurden

Fail square

Avatar image for archav3n

This will be great if i get it for PC. I'm sure console fanboys wont disapprove. Lol. Also in no doubt this could actually be 4K 60FPS on PS4 you know? The power of next-gen?

Avatar image for saturatedbutter

I want Squidix to hurry up and announce the next Deus Ex game.

Avatar image for Thanatos2k

<< LINK REMOVED >> You want another "The Fall"? Why.

Avatar image for saturatedbutter

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No I don't want some mobile garbage. I want a proper sequel to Human Revolution.

Avatar image for hermitkiller

Is there a petition I can sign for this???

I'm begging to get this please!!!!

Avatar image for diabolik_023

free2play nintendo copy/paste ?!

Avatar image for BFKZ

Did we really think the announcement might be an FF12 HD Remaster? :/ smh...such disappointment.

Avatar image for Marky360

Ah yes another boring ass indie game oh well hopefully by E3 they'll be some real games to announce. I played Spelunky on the PS4 it's pretty generic just like most other indie games. They all seem to Be unambitious boring ass retreads of 80's video games with fake pixalated graphics that some how manage to look WORSE then the actual games of the 80's

Avatar image for saturatedbutter

<< LINK REMOVED >> It's published by Square Enix. That's not indie.

Avatar image for The_Last_Paladi

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> If I remember correctly, Square Enix have a kickstarter-like program that does help indie games get ahead if enough people vote on the games to be made. I wonder if this was part of it?

Avatar image for jedicommand7

I couldn't watch the original stream, but I was watching the neogaf thread as it ran last night. That was highly amusing, with 2 pages of "lol" and "hahaha" and "Squeenix trollin' again" before anyone actually posted what the game was.

Avatar image for Weaponn_X


Avatar image for jlenoconel

Maybe this is more the kind of game that Japanese people care about.

Avatar image for santinegrete

They created a teaser for a game with indie caliber? Not to insult indies in any way, they don't resort to this kind of marketing strategies.

"Oh" is the first thing that came from my mouth.

Avatar image for SingletreeAve

Well, at least it should run at 1080p 60fps.

Avatar image for LilRoss2k3

.....lmaoooooooo :deep breath:........lmfaooooooo!

Avatar image for lostn

With the amount of fuss they made over the secret new announcement, I was expecting a AAA, but thanks anyway Square. After that FF7 PS4 prank you guys pulled, that's about the standard I'm going to expect from you guys here on out. If you're going to treat people like imbeciles, you'll get what you give.

How much did Sony pay for this?

Avatar image for Mindwipe77

lol, junk.....i knew it wouldn't be anything cool like a new rpg or anything

Avatar image for oldtobie

Gotta say, this is the exact opposite of what I was expecting.

Avatar image for dementedlullaby

So exciting........Or not.

Avatar image for Minamo

Anniversary of FFVII today and of course Square Enix takes time out of the day to troll whatever few fans it has left. No surprise there.

Avatar image for flashn00b

How involved is the original creator of Spelunker? I imagine it'd suck if it lacked any form of development input from the original creator.

Avatar image for McGregor

Well, that is too bad. I'm not even sad that it's exclusive to a single console.

Avatar image for rasterror

Really Square? You created a big tease for this? What a waste of time and resources.

Avatar image for strothers101

I was kind of hoping for something more...substantial.

Avatar image for ntomatas1

stupid Japanese sound effects ruining games since the 80's

Avatar image for jlenoconel

<< LINK REMOVED >> ???

Avatar image for ratchet200

Yea think ill pass on this one.

Avatar image for onesiphorus

So this is the game that was known as Project Code Z.

Avatar image for Jasurim


Well that is underwhelming.