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Guacamelee is an open-world action game very much in the same vein as
the classic Super Metroid or the deluge of Castlevania games blatantly
styled after it. But it’s not just a carbon copy; Guacamelee does its
own thing, too. It’s definitely too short, but also stylized, unique and
downright fun to play. It can be blasted through in a single day, which
is unfortunate, but it also gives you reasons to go back for more.
for the PS Vita. Guacamelee continues a streak of
using exclamation points at the end of a title, but departs from the
Tales from Space themes dealing with a slightly more grounded concept of
luchadores and the apocalypse.The beauty of the ongoing digital-distribution revolution is that it
gives tiny developers the ability to deliver small, innovative games for
DrinkBox Studios has made a name for itself by doing just that
on PlayStation platforms with the Tales From Space series, the cross-save, cross-buy side-scrolling action game for PlayStation 3
and PlayStation Vita, the trend continues unabated. It’s easily
DrinkBox’s best game to date
Guacamelee also places some emphasis on RPG-like (and RPG lite)
elements. Juan can find three types of treasure chests littered
throughout the game – some containing coins with which to buy new
skills, as well as others containing hearts and gold for more health and
special meter, respectively – so you can make Juan ever-stronger.
Finding chests is generally linked to how thoroughly you choose to
explore, as does discovering and completing not-particularly-exciting
side-quests. But these asides are nonetheless Guacamelee’s carrot on the
stick to get you to see and do things you don’t necessarily have to in
order to win.
One of the most intriguing and tragically underused features of
Guacamelee, however, is its living/dead polarity. Juan's ability to move
between two different versions of the same world with the push of a
button is something stressed near the beginning, but can’t be taken full
advantage of until about midway through your adventure. When it does
come into play, it adds an extra dynamic to puzzles and increases the
difficulty of battle significantly, like when certain enemies are only
in one plane or the other. I'm disappointed it wasn't used more – it
could have been Guacamelee's central motif – but it’s still wholly
clever and, while not necessarily novel, still well done.
Guacamelee! is a visually virtuous game that is splashed with color and
radiates charm at every corner. The game runs extremely well and
watching Juan barrel through a temple full of dangerous enemies is a
treat. Drinkbox has packed the world’s background full of visual jokes,
allusions and references that will please gamers. Mexico is a location
that is not explored often in video games and by exploring the richness
of the country, Drinkbox has created a beautiful game full of eye
catching structures and locales.
The art style is gorgeous and seeing
this world in motion is amazing. At certain points in the game, there
are certain visual effects that are subtle yet arresting, especially
when switching between worlds. There needs to be a petition drawn up and
signed by everyone for Drinkbox to release the incredible soundtrack on
CD or iTunes. The music mixes very video game specific electronic music
with traditional Mexican styles to create a soundtrack as engrossing as
the graphics. It would not be surprising if players left Juan hanging
and left the game running simply to hear the great tunes in the game.
\Of course, there’s a fine line between an homage and a clone, but
Guacamelee! most definitely falls into the former category. The game
includes a huge amount of Easter eggs and references to other
videogames; even some you wouldn’t necessarily expect. It just goes to
show that Portal-like gameplay mechanics can make even the strongest of
games even better.
Drinkbox Studios has created a game in Guacamelee! that is hugely unique
and will win players over almost immediately. It is dripping with
personality and charm that make it hard not to fall in love with it.The
art style is beautiful and Guacamelee! is a vibrant world full of color
and pulsating with life even in a world beset by death.Guacamelee!
features amazing music that mashes-up video game electronic music
with a strong Mexican influence to make something truly inventive and
A wonderful post-modern mix.
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