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Game Over

Spelunkers will see this game over screen all too often.

In Spelunky, Death occurs when the player character runs out of HP, or becomes victim of an instant death attack. Death results in a Game Over (unless the player has the Ankh in their inventory), and the game results screen will display, describing how the player character was killed and a list of game statistics.

These statistics include the level the player died on, how much money they accumulated, how long the game lasted, the number of Damsels they saved, the number kills they made, and the total number of times the character has died in the game.

From the Game Over screen the player has two options; to continue, which places the character back to the entrance to the cave, or to do a Quick Restart, which allows the player to start again from the level where they first entered the cave.

List of Death OutcomesEdit

MonstersEdit

Outcome Quote Cause of Death
Snake Bite Snakes! I hate snakes! Snake, Cobra (Contact)
Poisoned I succumbed to deadly snake venom. Cobra (Venom)
Bitten A bat nibbled me to death. Bat (Contact)
Spider Bite I succumbed to a spider bite. Spider, Spinner Spider (Contact)
Spider Bite That was the biggest spider I've ever seen! Giant Spider (Contact)
Clawed I was clawed to death by a skeleton. Skeleton (Contact)
Stung I was stung by a scorpion! Scorpion (Contact)
Beaten Up A caveman pummeled me to death. Caveman (Contact)
Beaten Up I should never have angered that shopkeeper... Shopkeeper (Contact)
Shot I should never have angered that shopkeeper... Shopkeeper (Shotgun)
Beaten Up A tiki man pummeled me to death. Tiki Man (Contact and Boomerang)
Stomped I got squished by a frog. Frog, Giant Frog (Contact), Fire Frog (Contact and Explosion)
Eaten I was devoured by a mantrap. Mantrap (Contact)
Eaten I was nibbled to death by a piranha. Piranha (Contact)
Eaten I was torn apart by the legendary river monster. Old Bitey (Contact)
Stung I must be allergic to bees. Killer Bee, Queen Bee (Contact)
Slimed My flesh is melting right off the bone. Snail (Contact and Bubbles)
Cursed A jiang shi has leeched away my life energy. Jiang Shi (Contact)
Beaten Up I was treated to a medieval welcome. Green Knight (Contact), Black Knight (Contact and Shield Crush)
Bitten I can feel my humanity draining away from the vampire's bite... Vampire (Contact)
Haunted Where am I? I can't feel my body... Ghost (Contact)
Poked I hope I taste good atleast! Bacterium (Contact)
Death I hope I taste good atleast! Worm Egg (Contact)
Bitten I hope I taste good atleast! Worm Baby (Contact)
Beaten Up A yeti pummeled me to death. Yeti (Contact)
Beaten Up I've been thrashed by the king of the yetis. Yeti King (Contact)
Beaten Up I died again. Mammoth (Contact)
Shattered My frozen body shattered into a million pieces. Mammoth (Ice Shattering)
Slimed Embarrassingly enough, I've been killed by a little alien. Alien (Contact)
Zapped I've been incinerated by a UFO laser blast. UFO, Alien Queen (Contact)
Blasted I've been incinerated by a UFO laser blast. UFO (Plasma Bolt)
Blown Up I couldn't get away in time. UFO, Alien Tank (Explosion)
Death I died again. Alien Tank (Contact)
Brain Fried A powerful psychic blast has liquified my brains. Alien Lord (Psychic Bubbles), Alien Queen (Psychic Zap)
Beaten Up A hawk man pummeled me to death. Hawk Man (Contact)
Beaten Up I died again. Croc Man (Contact and Telefrag)
Burned I was burned to death by a magma man. Magma Man (Contact)
Stung I died again. Scorpion Fly (Contact)
Cursed An ancient mummy has gotten its revenge on humanity. Mummy (Contact and Flies)
Brain Fried I've been destroyed by the jackal-headed god Anubis. Anubis (Contact and Psychic Bubbles)
Crushed It seems I was no match for the mighty Olmec. Next time! Olmec (Crushed)
Poked A blue devil perforated me with one of his horns. Devil (Contact)
Seduced I died again. Succubus (Contact)
Beaten Up My soul was judged unworthy by the King of the Underworld. Horse Head, Ox Face, King Yama (Contact)

TrapsEdit

Outcome Quote Cause of Death
Impaled I fell on some spikes. Spikes
Arrow An arrow has pierced one of my vital organs. Arrow Trap
Blown Up I died again. Powder Box, Mine
Crushed I've been ground into a fine paste. Boulder, Crush Trap, Ceiling Trap, Spike Ball (Crushed), Loose Platform
Impaled I stepped too close to a tiki trap. Tiki Trap
Burned I hope I taste good atleast! Acid
Crushed I hope I taste good atleast! Regenerating Block
Death I died again. Turret (Zap), Forcefield
Blown Up I couldn't get away in time. Turret (Explosion)
Brain Damage Something hard hit me in the head. Spike Ball (Contact)
Burned Up I've been burnt to a crisp. Lava
The Abyss Help! I'm still falling! Falling down The Abyss

MiscellaneousEdit

Outcome Quote Cause of Death
Death I died again. Committing suicide
Long Fall I broke every bone in my body Fall damage
Brain Damage Something hard hit me in the head. Any ricocheting object thrown by the player
Blown Up I couldn't get away in time. Bomb explosion
Sacrificed I offered myself to the Black Goddess. Landing on an Altar whilst stunned
Crushed I've been ground into a fine paste. Teleporting into a wall, getting crushed by a Pushable Block

Level SpecificEdit

When dying on certain levels - particularly the last level of a given area, death outcomes are overridden by the following:-

Outcome Quote Level
So Close! The end of the mines was just in sight! If I could survive a little longer... The Mines 1-4
So Close! The air was getting much colder... I almost reached the next area! The Jungle 2-4
So Close! I can hear muffled chanting coming from below... The Ice Caves 3-4
Death I hope I taste good atleast! The Worm
Death It's the most exquisite tomb in the world... The City of Gold
Death It seems I was no match for the mighty Olmec. Next time! Olmec's Lair
Death My soul was judged unworthy by the King of the Underworld. Yama's Throne
Oh, Dear... We need to work on our teamwork! The Mines in Multiplayer
Okay! Well, at least we made it out of the mines! The Jungle (and its secret levels) in Multiplayer
Not Bad! Getting to the ice caves together is an achievement. The Ice Caves (and its secret levels) in Multiplayer
Splendid We made it to the temple! Shared victory was within our grasp! The Temple (and its secret levels) in Multiplayer
Amazing Unbelievable! We made it to the underworld! Hell in Multiplayer

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