Game Price = $19.99
(DLC GAME) for PC, PS3, PS VITA, xbox one, ps4, & Wii U
“In Guacamelee!, players control Juan as he fights his way across various enemies and obstacles in order to rescue El Presidente’s daughter. Juan can attack enemies using basic attacks and can perform various grapple attacks when they are stunned, dealing more damage or throwing them towards other enemies. Defeating enemies yields coins that can be spent at certain locations to unlock new grapple attacks or increase the player’s health and stamina gauges. As the player progresses through the game, Juan breaks various “Choozo statues” which grant him new abilities. These range from offensive moves, such as an uppercut, headbutt, and dashing punch, or abilities that increase Juan’s mobility, such as double jumping, wall jumping, and the ability to turn into a chicken. Juan also gains the abilities to transport between the land of the living and the land of the dead, required for solving puzzles or fighting enemies that can only be attacked in a certain world. Players can use these moves to access previously unreachable areas to find secrets, or break through barriers shielding enemies. The game (excluding the Vita version) also features a local co-operative mode, in which an additional player can play as Tostada. This mode can only be accessed after the introductory level.”
HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S EXPLANATION/BOX ART? ( 8/10 )
Honestly, I was amazingly surprised that this game was nothing like I though it would be at all. I downloaded it during it’s DL For FREE, on Xbox One just because it was free. Didn’t really look into it at all and figured it would be a silly wrestling game of some sort. Then after I decided to play it and looked at the story line, I was surprised to find out that it was a 2D platformer! And even better it was a huge homage to Metroid and Castlevania! The game will lose a couple points in this category only because I was being a normal human that isn’t going to read much about something that’s on sale or free. I think this game could get over looked very easily by not advertising heavily on it’s amazing positives.
HOW IS THE GAME PLAY? ( 10/10)
The game play is spot on. I never expect too much out of games like this. There are usually jumping flaws and attack flaws everywhere. But not here! This game is crisp, and if it wasn’t, you wouldn’t be able to get very far in it, because they spent a lot of time building puzzles that use each of your new power-ups. Needless to say. Flawless in this category.
HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S GENRE? (10/10)
I am happy to say that this game fits perfectly into the MetroidVania games. Which again, I wasn’t ready for at all.
The Game ‘OVER’ ALL? (93%)
From beginning to end this game has hundreds of homages to old series. Tons of remember this game jokes and images. Running around stopping at billboards and aztec sketches in the background will cause you to stop and smile, or scratch your head for a second trying to figure out exactly what the pictures are. Some of them are obvious and some of them are…. What the hell is… OH SHIT AWESOME! moments. If I wouldn’t have downloaded this for free, there was good chance that I would have never played this amazing game. Once I booted it up, I seriously didn’t stop playing it until I beat it on regular mode. Then the next day, I booted up Hard mode and played straight through it again. Don’t pass up this amazing game if you are a fan of Metroid, Castlevania, an old school nerd, or if you’ve recently really enjoyed Shovel Knight.