This Isn’t a Review: Guacamelee!

I attacked an armoured Armadillo,punched a giant skeletal robot thing, caught some chickens and then saved the girl. All in a day’s work for a Luchador hell bent on saving the world.


What Is It?

Guacamelee! is the latest game from the guys that brought you *Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack*; *Drinkbox Studios*. Much like their previous title, its a unique affair, with distinctive Latin American vibe to it.

You’ll be running, jumping, and climging around the game world, destroying statues and giant colourful rocks in order to get to new skills. Unlocking these skills will allow you to test yourself against selection of bad guys including skeleton warriors, high flying dragons, giant robots and even an armoured armadillo.

Oh and also, you’ll have to master a dimension shifting ability that basically changes the game and allows you to explore the map to a much larger degree; which you’ll want to do as you can find extra life, which is invaluable when you get to…

… the games’s big bad, who’m you must defeat to save the girl.


Why Should I Play it?

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Drinkbox Studios last game _Mutant Blobs Attack_. It was sluggish, heavy and I didn’t get on with the control scheme. Guacamelee! on the other hand, is one of the best platformers I’ve played in a while.

It looks beautiful, especially on the Vita where the games unique style and colour pallet can really burst from the screen. As already stated, the background music is fantastic; and the games visuals are some of the most colourful and unique I’ve seen in an awful long time.

The only part of the game I’m not in love with, is the combat. Now it’s not so much the combat mechanics that i have the problem with; its the sheer number of enemies they expect you to be able to defeat at any one time. It gets confusing, frustrating and at times, a little disheartening. This is even more evident on the Vita where I was struggling to see what was going on at times. Thankfully, for the most part you’ll brute force your way past most fights, but its never the less annoying and resulted in my putting my controller/Vita down at certain points.

Contributing to the somewhat frustrating combat is the ability to switch dimension. This gets introduced about half way through the game, and whilst its a very cool mechanic, it makes those already punishing fights that little more annoying. For some reason, you aren’t able to damage enemies in the other dimension, yet they’re capable of doing so to you. At times it feels cheap.

Aside from that, the gameplay is very addictive. It’s got a similar structure to that of Super Meat Boy. If you die, you’ll find yourself playing the game within a second or two; which is perfect if like me, you hate waiting for another go at a difficult jump.

Finally, if you’re a fan of internet pop culture you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. The game is chock-full of references to Video Games, Movies and Internet Memes; and unlike another game released in the last year, it doesn’t hit you over the head with them.


Where Can I Get It?

The game has just been released on STEAM(Windows PC only); its also available on as a Cross Play title (you buy one version, and get it for both Vita and PS3)on PSN.

* I believe you can play this game on a keyboard and mouse, although i would recommend you play this game with a controller.

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