The secret to calming the chaotic nature of Spelunky is to understand the extent of the hero’s abilities and the general flow of the game. This 2D Xbox Live Arcade platformer/adventure/treasure- hunting title will actually teach those things to you, but you’ll have to die plenty of times first. Plus, it has an old-school difficulty where when the player dies, he ends up right back at the beginning of the game.
Spelunky is essentially the Tiger Mother who believes that mastery comes through practice and repetition, and only then does the experience become fun and rewarding. In this case, once you begin to really get down the basic mechanics, it becomes a lot less wild and unpredictable. Even though the levels are randomly generated, you begin to feel a little more in control.