Guacamelee! Gold Edition is a Metroid-vania style action-platformer set in a magical Mexican inspired world. The game draws its inspiration from traditional Mexican culture and folklore, and features many interesting and unique characters. Guacamelee!
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Release Date: Aug 8, 2013

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April 19

Play as X'Tabay, Uay Chivo, Flame Face or Jaguar!

Hey Gold Edition players,

Just a quick heads-up that we've uploaded new player costumes for four of the game's most notorious NPCs. Steam user Mujizik's lavishly animated reskins are free to download in the Guac Gold workshop. Enjoy!

All versions of Guac are also 80% off until next Monday, April 25. If you're a Windows user who wants to check out the new content in Super Turbo Championship Edition, now's a great chance!

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“Guacamelee isn’t only pretty to look at, it’s also a hell of a lot of fun to play.”
9.1 / 10 – IGN

“The responsive controls and a grin-inducing sense of humor make it near impossible to put down...”
9 / 10 – GameSpot

“Right from the start, Guacamelee! offers up a sugar skull-covered playground to delight in and devour with mucho gusto. It's a game I'll be playing and replaying again for some time to come.”
9 / 10 – Destructoid

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Guacamelee! Gold Edition is a Metroid-vania style action-platformer set in a magical Mexican inspired world. The game draws its inspiration from traditional Mexican culture and folklore, and features many interesting and unique characters.

Guacamelee! builds upon the classic open-world Metroid-vania style of games, by adding a strong melee combat component, a new dimension switching mechanic, and cooperative same-screen multiplayer for the entire story. The game also blurs the boundaries between combat and platforming by making many of the moves useful and necessary for both of these.

Travel through a mystical and mysterious Mexican world as a Luchador using the power of your two fists to battle evil. Uncover hidden wrestling techniques like the Rooster Uppercut, and Dimension Swap to open new areas and secrets.

Key Features

  • Use combat moves for both fighting enemies and platforming challenges
  • Swap between multiple overlapping dimensions (World of the Living and the World of the Dead)
  • "El Infierno" level expansion. Brave the fires of El Infierno and prove yourself in a series of challenges to unlock powerful new costumes for Juan and Tostada
  • Player costumes! Swap costumes to change the attributes of your Hero, and obtain new achievements
  • Steam Achievements, Leaderboards, Cloud Save, and Big Picture Mode
  • Trading Cards
  • Create new custom costumes and share these with others via Steam Workshop
  • Drop in/out 2-Player local Co-operative play for the entire story
  • Chickens. Lots and lots of Chickens

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System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, XP, 2000 and Vista
    • Processor: 2 Ghz+
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0, 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Supports Xbox 360 Controller and other XInput-compatible controllers
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+, GLSL 1.2+, 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Supports Xbox 360 Controller and other SDL compatible controllers
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: Pentium 3 2.0 GHz or better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+, GLSL 1.2+, 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 64-bit Linux requires 32-bit compatibility libraries. Supports Xbox 360 Controller and other SDL compatible controllers.
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TigerBloodMF
( 16.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Guacmelee is a Metriodvania game where a skeleton devil kidnaps your girlfriend and you turn into a mighty Luchador with MIGHTY POWERS!!!! Basicly what I'm saying is this game isn't anything to special but that does not mean it's a bad game. The game has a beautiful Mexican art style that fill the screen with bright colors and is always a joy to look at. The side-scrolling gameplay is very fun and introduces the player to many inventive and challenging puzzles as the story unfolds After you complete a puzzle, collect a new ability or defeat a boss it feels so rewarding to advance. Now that I me addressed the good stuff about this game now for the bad stuff, I think that their could have been a little more varity in terms of enemy disign because fighting the same enemies over and over can get a little redundent after a while I highly recommend this game it has minor flaws but overall great game
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elgregor
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
I recommend this game if you are not a completionist.

+ Fun combat
+ Humour
+ Atmosphere

- Bad and outright buggy controls. (I still press wrong keys sometimes. Also sometimes keypresses don't seem to register.)
- It's completionist's hell. You have to revisit areas to find previously inaccessible chests[1]. Oh, and the disappearing platforms laugh at your misery.

[1]It's something I hate in video games. It it's a cheap attempt at artificially lenghtening the game. Especially if you encounter a seemingly impossible challenge that after 10 minutes turns out to really be impossible because you lack required upgrades.
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Karavel
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
I got this game through a humble bundle, didn't expect much of it, just figured it was another cheap game in a bundle. I was super wrong. GOt hooked on this the first day I played it for so many hours. It is a very well done platformer,

in my book it's right up there with the best platformers. The mechanics in this game are superb and implemented so well with the combat system which is in itself ahhhmazing!! Especially for a melee only combat system! It is so much fun to throw and slam enemies!
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The Absent Practitioner
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
Product received for free
Colorful, stylized action, with an awesome soundtrack! Control scheme is a bit cumbersome at first but can be easily reconfigured. Gameplay itself is reminscient of old school Metroid, and there are even shout outs to this in-game. Reminds me of Book of Life and the TV show Mucha Lucha, which is great! If you have time and are looking for a fun sidescrolling beat-em-up adventure game, this is a great contender!!
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Mok-axe #Team Hoovy
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
Guacamelee is a really good game that needs to be played for all of those who love metroidvania style games.

-The Good-
-Beat them up style combat.
-Really Good Soundtrack.
-Clever puzzles.
-Gorgeous visuals(wich are inspired by Mexican culture).
-A lot of references to pop culture that can make you laugh.
-Lots of replay Value.

-THE BAD-
-Story is short.
-Controls dosen't respond well at times(Only if you are playing with the keyboard.)
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Nehovsrah
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Sick game. I highly recommend it to any metroidvania fans. The optional areas are difficult as heck!
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[MMold] Bega
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
A funny platform game!

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ebanchan90
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Lots of fun in single and co-op modes. Great value.
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cyzer
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Amazingly and unexpectedly fun side scroller with great progression and fun abilities. I wholeheartedly recommend this game.
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Infamous G.I.B.
( 20.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
This is a beautiful, brilliant game. Tight controls and gameplay that blends skill and puzzle challenges. Engaging visuals, responsive and rewarding combat, exciting original music, and cute references to Mexican culture. Be aware though, this is not a game with an emphasis on narrative. The story is a bit cliche, but for me it didn't get in the way of the experience as a whole. The weakness of the narrative is more than compensated for by the beautiful artwork and hilariously engaging characters. Be prepared to be frustrated, puzzled, and delighted by the joy that is Guacamelee.

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Breakdown:

Pros:
-Very original art style and setting
-If you are the completionist type, you will enjoy finding the many hidden treasure chests and side quests, and the metroidvania style play.
-Challenging, skill-based action
-Both new and classic puzzle mechanisms, used artfully in puzzles that will make you think
-Replay value: Gameplay doesn't get old. There is a second ending, hard mode, and a lot of secrets to discover as well!

Cons:
-If strong narrative is a must for you, then this might not be your cup of tea

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If you are like me, you will love this game. It is my all-time favorite platformer, well worth $15, and a steal at any lower price.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Guacamelee! Gold Edition is gorgeous. It's interesting. It's full of pop culture references. It's polished. It's rewarding. It's fun. But most of all, it's challenging, in both good and bad ways.

I'm not usually interested in or any good at brawling games where hit combos are the focus and often the key to victory. I gave up on Arkham Asylum for those reasons. But Guacamelee!'s combat system is relatively easy to learn, remember, and execute (with a gamepad), even as more and more depth is added. The game made me work to, ahem, "get good," and my fingers definitely imprinted some muscle memories onto my brain, but it was worth the mental and digital effort. Beating the marrow out of skeletons is fun! Dying a dozen times at the hands of the same boss can be frustrating, but figuring out the attack patterns and necessary reactions and finally beating the bad guy is so... satisfying. And scoring large combos, while not absolutely necessary for victory, provided me with more upgrade money and therefore incentive to play thoughtfully. I felt less like I was mashing buttons and more like I had a plan, even if I didn't always carry it out perfectly.

The game does a great job of acclamating the player to the additional combat and platforming mechanics that are introduced as the story is told. I was happy to fail in the face of and then adapt to the new challenges. But by the end of the game I had hit my own personal skill ceiling. If you're more skilled than me, well, carry on, my wayward agave farmer, but I had had enough.

The combat and platforming involved in the main story is of moderate difficulty, but some of the optional platforming puzzles and combat challenges are tedious and frustrating, if not almost impossible, especially near the end of the game. While I had failed earlier platforming challenges 30+ times but kept plugging away until I succeeded, I simply gave up on many of the later challenges, particularly in the tree tops and the hallways of hell.

I'm typically a completionist when it comes to achievements, secrets, unlocks, etc., in video games. Like collectable pocket monsters, I want to get them all if I can, even if it takes a large amount of time and effort. But not this time. Sure, revisiting areas to explore previously inaccessible nooks was worth my time. It was enjoyable to do what I couldn't do before. But I'm simply not skilled or patient enough to attain a 100% completion rating.

Guacamelee! broke my will and spirit. It taught me my limits. But it also taught me I could be successful while playing a 2D brawling platformer. No, I'll never unlock all of the achievements. I'll never access that golden elevator. And I'll never collect all the pieces of the Luchador mask. But I had fun beating one boney ♥♥♥ after another after another.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
The short of it: Guacamelee delivers a satisfyingly solid metroidvania experience while maintaining an aesthetic and an identity all its own.

Mechanically, It's a relatively simplistic game that never bothers to introduce much in the way of equipment or character upgrades. Beyond the obligatory health and energy boosts, there are scant few abilities to be found as you scale impossibly tall trees and chicken your way through ruins saturated with lava, but the game draws out its platforming sections to such a frankly absurd scale that what abilities it does give you never start to feel tired. In that vein, the level design is demanding, but also quite forgiving. Falling off platforms never puts you back more than a few seconds, and the intuitive map makes backtracking for hidden items surprisingly painless. Combat is frantic but solid, the soundtrack full of energy. The references to nerd culture populate the latin-styled environments like elderly people at a nude beach, but unlike Old Man Wallace, they remain happily in the background, never forcing you to appreciate them, and the game's off-beat humor holds up all the way through the end credits.

Buy it full price or on sale, whatever fits your budget. You'll be glad you did.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Guacamelee is a really good game that needs to be played for all of those who love metroidvania style games.

-The Good-
-Beat them up style combat.
-Really Good Soundtrack.
-Clever puzzles.
-Gorgeous visuals(wich are inspired by Mexican culture).
-A lot of references to pop culture that can make you laugh.
-Lots of replay Value.

-THE BAD-
-Story is short.
-Controls dosen't respond well at times(Only if you are playing with the keyboard.)
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
326 of 344 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2013
Guacamelee is a platforming luchadorean adventure where you must rescue your senorita bonita from the devious and hellish Calaca.

I fully completed the game, with all 60 achievements, in 20 hours. The game was incredibly fun. During the normal playthrough, the keys move and feel great, and the abilities are all super fun and responsive and fitting. The bosses were interesting, and the game was satisfying.

After completion, I enjoyed going around, completing the area and the zones, which was so enjoyable I decided to just complete the entire game again in Hard mode!

Hard mode, however, was a surprise, as parts of it were genuinely hard! Usually, as a longtime gamer, I'll find hard mode to simply be "normal" level of difficulty, but in Guacamelee the bosses and, later on in the last zones, even the mobs, are incredibly challenging, which again gives a satisfying edge for further completion.

I'd highly recommend this game at any price, but as it's an older game it will undoubtedly be on sale soon, so ensure you pick up this very fun and engaging title when it is!

Nilesy
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197 of 246 people (80%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2015
I don't recommend this game, it has a better version located at:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/275390/

Buy that one instead. This one is outdated and no longer supported - shady business practice by the Developer. Should've been either DLC (yuck!) or free upgrades like Trine developers doing.

Note: as per 18/1/2015, the new game is on Humble Bundle Weekly Brawler: https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly
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84 of 99 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro8x6hGY3fs

The metroidvania subgenre's popularity has erupted with the popularity of downloadable titles and the burgeoning indie scene. Their emphasis on exploration and character building make them instant favorite for those looking for those looking for retro gaming experiences with contemporary flavor. In addition to that contemporary flavor, Guacamelee is also spiced with chili powder and served with a shot of tequila. It's a south of the border styled adventure packed with plenty of platforming and pugilism as well as a sexy senorita in distress. It also might be, surprisingly, one of the best games you will play all year.

You play as a simple agave farmer named Juan who finds himself having the worst Día de los Muertos celebration ever when and evil Charro named Calaca abducts El Presidente's daughter and sends Juan to the underworld. In a small stroke of luck Juan is resurrected and transformed into a luchadore so that he may rescue El Presidente's daughter and stop Calaca from wreaking havoc among the living. The plot is Guacamelee is what pico de gallo is to a taco, it provides color and flavor but certainly isn't the main attraction. The healthy dose of humor and Mexican culture and folklore do distinguish Guacamelee from its contemporaries however and give it a unique ambiance.

Unlike most metroidvania styled games, Guacamelee places a huge emphasis on platforming and some optional areas have an almost Super Meat Boy like difficulty requiring quick and precise actions to traverse the obstacles laid out. Most of Juan's offensive repertoire doubles as a means to navigate the environment. A Street Fighter style flaming uppercut acts as a super jump, a charging maneuver that can be devastating to your foes is also effective when it comes to smashing blocks. By the end of the game these abilities can be combined into lengthy, deadly combos and used to reach far off platforms. Juan also eventually gains the ability to swap between the world of the living and the world of the dead and much like The Gianna Sisters, things change between worlds, opening up new passageways and allowing Juan to reach previously inaccessible areas.

The fundamentals of combat are simple enough on the surface with one button throwing punches, another dedicated to special attacks and one used to grapple enemies once enough damage has been doled out. Grapples are very effective for crowd control since once an enemy is in Juan's grasp the game slows down and an arrow indicates where your foe will be tossed and throwing your enemies into each other is always a good idea. Special grapple maneuvers can also be purchased at the games save points for additional offensive options. Costumes, health and stamina upgrades are also available for purchase. Combat starts out simple enough but over the course of the game's six or so hours enemy types are mixed up and combined with the platforming ca pose a satisfactory challenge. Some enemies have shields that require a particular special to bring down. Bosses also challenge your mastery of Juan's skills and many offer multiple phases.

As with any metroidvania game backtracking is a necessity if you want to grab every secret that Guacamelee has to offer and this is made painless as a result of a fantastic map and plentiful fast travel points. Blocks that require specific abilities to break are color coded and their location is marked on your map making them easy to find on repeat visits once Juan has the proper skills to smash them. Chests are also marked on the map. Rounding out the distractions are a handful of side missions who can be found by talking to the citizens of the two towns you are able to visit. These missions involve everything from simple mini games to talking to every citizen in an effort to gather the ingredients necessary to make the world greatest enchilada. The only problem with these side missions is that they are very centralized and don't really require any exploration. It's easy to complete most of them within a matter of minutes.
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59 of 66 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
As great as this Gold Edition is, there is a new Super Turbo Championship Edition. So why bother getting this version when they're the same price?

Guacamelee is a joy to play platforming beat'em up done in a Metroidvania style with a lot of flair and fresh ideas for an old genre. The combat is excellent. Easy to play, tough to master. Attack button, special attack, roll trigger and jump are the basics you need to know. You can uppercut enemies into the air, jump and punch them, roll through enemy attacks and hazards, grapple enemies to throw them in any direction you want. There is good stuff here. Then as the game progresses, you unlock special moves, like jumping uppercuts, wall jumps, double jumps, headbutts, frog stomps, wall climbs where you shoot yourself straight until something stops you. All of this is considered combat, but in Guacamelee it is also a means of traversing. Jump uppercut will let you break red walls or its used as an extra boost while in mid air. Now just that, but the game's enemies will eventually have shields that can only be broken by special attacks. The shields are all color coated, such as jumping uppercuts break red walls and red shields. Yellow shields and walls are broken by headbutts and so on. Then on top of that there's an extra layer of day and night worlds or living and dead worlds. You flip through them to traverse or take out enemies that can only take damage in the living or day. They still hit you if you're not in their world, but you just can't hit them.

Each world full of bright, vibrant and beautiful colors. The game is a joy to look at as well as play. Great simple story, the president's daughter has been kidnapped and you are killed, but resurrected by a luchadore mask. Everything has a lucha Mexican vibe to it and that makes the game feel so fresh and different instead of space worlds or never ending castles. The world isn't that big and really it feels like there are a few specific combat areas tied together by a major town. There's no real chance to get lost, since you have a map and the map will always point you to your objective, without revealing rooms that you've been in.

While the combat is easy and joyful enough, the game really starts getting tricky with your powers. Such as having to wall jump back and forth all while switching between the living and dead worlds. Timing plays a big part in the later areas. There are plenty of side rooms with parts of heart and stamina containers that will really test your skills and timing, but since there are frequent easy challenges, it makes the big challenges seem less daunting and have a 'one more try' mentality.

I have completed the game on PSN and it seems like the Gold Edition on Steam is just easier when it comes to bosses. The bosses are simpler and I can't say that's a bad thing. Maybe its because there is no difficulty setting for the Gold Edition. Steam also offers character skins in the Steam Workshop, which is always nice.

On PSN I completed the game in 4 or so hours and that's when it was more difficult. That might not be enough play time in some people's opinion, but it was an absolute joy to play and well worth the time and money. I'd much rather have a game be short and sweet than long and boring.
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67 of 79 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
Guacamelee is an action platformer that was released in August 2013, published and developed by DrinkBox Sudios. Originally pinned as a Sony exclusive on the PS3 and Vita, it was however later ported to PC before eventually getting the "Gold Edition" releasing on all of the platform in mid 2014. Guacamelee is heavily based on Mexican culture and lore.

You play the role of Juan, a powerful luchador fighter. You will be fighting various different enemies in this platforming metroidvania style game. You start off with a very basic arsenal of attacks which you can pull off such as a basic three attack combo, but eventually you can work you way up to combos which can consist of eight plus button presses! (I never managed to pull off one of these more than once). Juan will also learn a various number of "out of combat" skills, such as wall jumping and the ability to turn into a chicken. The platforming element of Guacamelee was probably the most annoying for me, mainly because I am just terrible at the genre, but I found the jumping puzzles to be just tedious and grew very thin on my patience at times. The fighting side of the game is done very well; the combo system and special moves you can pull off are all really well done - some fights you will end up getting swamped by enemies, but it won't matter since you can throw together a number of punches which will just knock them out with ease.

Graphically, there isn't too much to shout about, it's a 2d side scroller so generally nothing spectacular is going to be seen, however the art style on show is gorgeous. This really portrays the Mexican style of game extremely well, and is probably the game's best feature. It looks very similar to the recent release of "The Book of Life" from 2014. Whilst it has a cartoon look to it, there is still an element of maturity and darkness in some of the scenes.

The plot in Guacamelee! was nice. It is your typical adventure style story, the humble farmer who is in love with the El Presidente's daughter, the daughter then gets kidnapped, and it is your task to rescue her so you can live happily ever after. The plot is very well thought out, offers a couple of cliffhangers and interesting twists and turn a long the way. Guacamelee also has a couple of comical moments in too to lighten the mood.

Guacamelee is another game which doesn't have voice acting in; I would really of liked to have seen (or heard) it included, because there is quite a bit of text to read through and I would of thought that having voice acting would make people get more immersed into this wonderful world on show. Having said that, the sound track is amazing. It is playing pretty much constantly throughout the game, and it never wears thin.

As I said above, the I found the platforming side of the game to be the most annoying, mainly because it is super difficult to progress in the game due to a number of jumping puzzles which had me close to rage quiting a number of times. Eventually you will get past them, it just takes perseverance and a lot of patience (something I am slowly finding out that I don't have very much of). Most of the fight scenes are easily mastered and you probably won't find your self dying an awful lot in this game. The opportunity to raise the difficulty level may change this though, which is something more confident veteran combo fighters will want to check out.

The world in which Guacamelee is set in, is very well fleshed out. There are plenty of NPCs to interact with, loads of side quests to find and complete, most of which are of no relevance to the main story, and is just an extra way to generate funds. Touching again on the topic of special abilities, you will also find your self backtracking to a degree in the game so you can use the new abilities you have just unlocked to reach places which you couldn't before, to unlock chests, health bonuses etc. You will also find a number of shops scattered around the world where you can purchase health and stamina upgrades along with a number of other power ups.

A full playthrough of Guacamelee took me almost eleven hours to complete; this was with the inclusion of the majority of the side quests too. I would say that eleven hours is just the right amount for me. The game also has a local co-op mode which you will find adds a whole new element to the game as well and is certainly worth a second playthrough on this mode, easily touching this game up to the twenty hour mark - and then of course there are the higher difficulty modes you can play on should you desire so. There is plenty of content on offer in Guacamelee to sink your teeth into.

No technical issues here; played on 4k resolution, at a steady 60 FPS as should be expected from a 2d side scroller. You will need a controller to play this game to any degree of competency though, simple because the jumping puzzles and combos would just be ridiculously hard to counter on a keyboard. The options menu also includes a wide variety of options when it comes to selecting resolutions and frame rates too, which is always nice to see.

In conclusion, Guacamelee! is a really rounded out game, which is certainly one of the best indie titles to come out in recent years. The addition of local co-op makes this game even better, and fans of metroidvania style games really need to check this out. The price of £9,99 is an absolute bargain for the amount of content on show here too.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Only recommended when on sale
3) Recommended
4) Highly recommended
5) This is a must play

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41 of 46 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2014
Guacamelee! is a colorful 2D action platformer by Canadian developer DrinkBox set in a vibrant and thoroughly unique world inspired by Mexican folklore. The players take over the role of an agave farmer Juan who becomes a luchador after El Presidente’s Daughter is kidnapped by a charro skeleton Carlos Calaca. It’s as zaney as it sounds, but it just works. The story is basic and presented only in text, the writing isn’t great, but you’ll get a few chuckles out of it here and there.

The first thing you’ll notice are the fantastic audiovisuals that set the tone beautifully. The game world is a wonderful fusion of vibrant colors and cheerful music. The soundtrack is simply awesome, it sounds as if a house DJ remixed a mariachi band. Both of these elements come together to create a game world that is simply a joy to explore.

Considering that Juan is a luchador, the combat is melee-based – as the game title itself suggests. It starts off very basic with only a few moves, but you will unlock a healthy amount of varied and satisfying special moves during the course of the game. These are mostly wrestling moves such as the body slam or the headbutt. Different enemies will require different tactics and moves and they will sometimes be color-coded which means that only a specific attack can hurt them. Also, the game will at one point introduce a dimension-shifting mechanic which will alternate between the living and the dead worlds. Certain enemies can only be beaten in a specific dimension. Once the game starts throwing enemies in different colors and dimensions, the combat gets incredibly frenetic and intense due to the amount of stuff you need to consider. The fast-paced combat feels good thanks to sharp controls and the variety of moves at your disposal. Guacamelee! is a really tough game and you have to be vigilant at all times as you will often get beaten to a pulp. But it just feels so good that I always felt compelled to keep trying and get it right.

Outside of combat, there’s a fairly nice-sized world to explore full of secrets to find. But it will be incredibly hard getting to those goodies. This is where the platforming and dimension swapping come into its own. Certain platforms, walls or columns will only be visible in a certain dimension and the game will often make you switch dimensions mid-jump. It can get pretty nerve-wracking as the game demands pinpoint precision. Once again, the stellar controls make it worthwhile to persevere even though the fiendish difficulty will try its best to break your spirit.

Guacamelee’s retro design is both its strength and weakness. There’s no question that the design is strong, but it will at times give in to needless trial and error drowning the player in frustrating repetition. It will also feel cheap at times with enemies that will strike in moments when you really can’t do anything. But the sense of accomplishment is great indeed. I would say that a game like this is more enjoyable on the second run. Once you’ve unlocked all your powers and moves, the level of frustration drops down significantly.

In the end, Guacamelee! does what it sets out to do masterfully. Despite the overly punishing difficulty and a few design quibbles, it’s a great game worth playing for its fantastic world, frenetic combat and satisfying platforming.

8 OUT OF 10 (GREAT)
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Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2015
NOTE: Before you start, bear in mind that there's a better version that was released later and can be bought for the same price, more or less. I strongly recommend that you check that one. However, if, for some reason, the GOLD edition is on sale and the TURBO isn't, there isnt really THAT MUCH to miss. Newer release here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/275390/?snr=1_5_1100__1100

Guacamelee! is a game that brings nothing new to the front table. Its roots are pretty obvious, as it's a game that pays a staggering homage to the likes of Metroid and Castlevania. However, it adds nice puzzle elements and blends everything with such finesse and precision that elevates this game way beyond the "old school tribute" that many Indy games seem to be around these days, as it's safe to say, the boys from Drinkbox Studios went the extra mile and dwelled way pass their confort zone.

The graphics are amazing, the art has that Comic book feel to it and the colors are warm and well put together. Every character has their own feel and, despite their all sharing that Mexican Luchadore vybe with the masks, skulls and marching mariachis, they have their own sense of indivuality so the game wont bore you with that. Soundtrack is nice as well and the sound effects are really retro, part what I like most about this.

Apart from the challenging puzzles, the part that I liked most was certainly the bosses, specially the Leopard fight, it was one of the hardest and most fun I've ever faced.

Overall, great game with a nice amount of replay-value.
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