The definitive version of the smash hit Metroidvania-style action-platformer, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition adds new levels, powers, challenges and refinements to the sprawling, ridiculous, Mexican-inspired adventure of the original.
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Release Date: Aug 21, 2014

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April 18

Multiplayer Fixes! New DrinkBox workshop skins!! Sale!!!

Hey there Steam,
We’d like to tell you about a long-brewing update we’ve just put up that provides a few minor fixes, plus a dab of bonus content. Feast your eyes on the sumptuous changelist below:

  • Enhancements to the costume creator: Instead of custom skins always changing appearance to Juan/Tostada while in Intenso mode, you can now specify whether they Intenso-fy as J/T or just as a gleaming version of the custom skin. You can also turn off the glow that appears around them while in the opposite dimension, which is handy if the skin has changed your character’s silhouette so that it wouldn't match the normal glow shape.
  • Players who had an issue where their computer would run the game super-too-fast should hopefully now find that to be resolved. Please email us at support AT drinkboxstudios DOT com if you still see anything similar cropping up post-patch.
  • Some changes to better support the new 3- and 4-player mode, as well as miscellaneous other bug fixes. For more detail, see the full changelist
  • And the fun part: play as your favourite NPC! We’ve added to the Workshop for both Guac STCE and Gold Edition custom skins to let you play as X’Tabay, Uay Chivo, Flameface or Jaguar Javier. Steam user Mujizik worked with us to create these lavishly animated reskins, and they’re free to download as of today.

Finally, we’re having a sale! Guacamelee (STCE, Gold and the Complete bundle) will be 80% off on Steam for the next week! Tell all your Guac-deprived friends.

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Reviews

“Still the reigning champ.”
9.1 / 10 – IGN

“This is, by far, the best version of Guacamelee! you’re likely to see...”
A – Gaming Age

“Guacamelee Super Turbo Champion Edition offers one of the best-designed and most original takes on the well-worn metroidvania phenomenon you'll ever find.”
4.5 / 5 – US Gamer

Super? Turbo?? *Championship????*

Guacamelee! STCE is an enhanced version of Guacamelee! Gold Edition that adds in two huge new levels, an explosive new ‘Intenso’ power mode, 4-player local co-op support and more. You’ll need to use every bit of your skill and power to defeat STCE’s new challenges (including a scheming new boss- El Trio de la Muerte), in addition to everything the original game's sprawling world has to throw at you.

About This Game

Carlos Calaca has kidnapped El Presidente's Daughter, and he plans to sacrifice her in order to merge the World of the Living with the World of the Dead.

Juan Aguacate, an agave farmer who stumbles upon a Legendary Luchador mask, must find the strength and courage to become the Hero he's always dreamed of being and put a stop to this.

Guacamelee! is a Metroidvania-style action-platformer set in a magical world inspired by traditional Mexican culture and folklore. The game features melee combat, parallel dimensions and same-screen co-op. The original Guacamelee! received wide critical acclaim and was a finalist for both IndieCade and the Independent Games Festival's Excellence in Visual Art award.

Key Features


  • Non-Stop Fighting Action. An extensive move list, advanced combo engine, and anti-gravity grabs
  • Multi-dimensional Platforming. Instantly swap between the Worlds of Living and Dead to traverse impossible terrain
  • Combat moves double as movement, uniting platforming and fighting in a way never seen before
  • Diverse, detailed world containing lively towns, dark forests, flowery canals and fiery volcanoes
  • Drop in/out 4-Player local co-operative play, featuring independent dimension swapping
  • Multiple boss characters (each with unique back stories), wide range of foes, and elite-class enemies
  • Spectacular player abilities: The Rooster Uppercut, Frog Slam, and “Intenso” turbo-combat mode
  • Create new custom costumes and share these with others via Steam Workshop
  • Steam leaderboards, achievements and trading cards, support for multiple save slots, persistent cross-save-game costume unlocks
  • Chickens. Lots and lots of chickens.

Please note that the ‘Super Turbo Championship Edition’ of Guacamelee! is an updated version of the previously-released Guacamelee! Gold Edition.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, XP, 2000 and Vista
    • Processor: 2 Ghz+
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Supports Xbox 360 Controller and other XInput-compatible controllers
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Carp Gabel
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
An amazing side scroller that is worth your time!
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Wow!
( 19.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
¡Increíble! Guacamelee STCE throws you directly into the game fighting enemies.

-Great graphics
-Fluid controls
-Not too challenging platforming
-Not too hard overall
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Carp
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Rly good so far but it's so much better with a controller, using keyboard and mouse makes the game about 6x harder than it should be (at least for me)
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guro
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
this game has all the funny jokes that you already know you're supposed to laugh at you could ever want. i like it better that way because the developers don't have to waste time making their own jokes and can focus on the gameplay.
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Alexdxz
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
*_____________*
LOVE IT!
VERY FUN!
SO HEN!
WOW!
MUCH LUCHADORE!
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Harley365
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Dip your chip into this tasty treat.

With Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition, Toronto-based indie developer DrinkBox Studios mashes up 2D Metroid-inspired exploration and platforming with brawler-style combat, then seasons it all with heavy doses of Mexican culture, video game nostalgia, and lively humor. The 2013 original skipped Nintendo hardware, but luckily Wii U owners get to experience this expanded, definitive take on the game with new areas, abilities, and enemies.

Guacamelee: STCE stars Juan, a lowly agave farmer bestowed with a super-powered luchador mask after a brave--but failed--attempt to rescue El Presidente’s daughter. Juan’s ensuing journey is presented in a cartoony manner that rarely wavers from a peppy, humorous bent, though I found the narrative’s handful of serious notes surprisingly compelling, as well. That being said, the story is never really intrusive. It doesn’t overpower the gameplay, but flavors it well, combining with a Mexican setting and vibe rarely explored in video games to form a vivid, refreshing personality that’s a tremendous asset to the experience.

Juan’s adventure takes him across a series of gorgeously rendered locales, and the Metroid-inspired progression in regards to new abilities yielding newly accessible areas is pervasive throughout. The game does a good enough job with this structure, and its world is fun to explore. There’s always another hidden health or stamina upgrade to be found or perhaps an amusing easter egg referencing video games or pop culture lurking somewhere around. The ability progression makes it so that things really open up over time in terms of combat and navigating the game world.

However, Guacamelee is admittedly a bit lacking when it comes to the pacing and environmental intricacy that are so key to the best titles in the “Metroidvania” genre. For instance, the map is segmented in such a way that environments feel set apart from each other, and there are loading screens separating the individual areas. The maps can be quite well interwoven within these discrete zones, but they don’t overlap with each other in significant ways. Also, the color-coded barriers that gate off areas until the acquisition of the proper abilities seem a bit paint-by-numbers and inorganic. All these elements dissolve a much-desired sense of seamlessness.

Fortunately, other aspects make up for these small deficiencies. Combat in particular improves significantly once more moves are unlocked. In the beginning, battles feel stilted, samey, and very chore-like. In the late game, when enemy types are more varied and the player has a wider array of super-powered moves available, combos become far more creative and stylish. The design structure still tends to rely too much on kill rooms, but the surprisingly deep and fun combat system that emerges over the course of the game mostly mitigates this flaw.

The way new attack moves also increase mobility (e.g., a Dragon Punch-style uppercut allows one to make it to previously out-of-reach platforms) is a nice touch that makes gaining new abilities feel more meaningful and adds extra texture to the game’s solidly-designed gauntlet of platforming challenges.

The only issues with Guacamelee are simply minor quibbles that keep it from true masterpiece status. It’s hard to worry too much about these slight imperfections when the game hits so many right notes, ranging from the lavish presentation to the deep combat and platforming. On the whole, it’s a brisk and refreshing joy to play, with a lively personality that's eminently endearing. Guacamelee is a fantastic Metroid-inspired platformer that shouldn’t be missed.
Summary
Pros

Exploration is a joy
Fun presentation and personality
Nice ability progression
Outstanding art style and graphics
Surprisingly deep combat

Cons

Imperfect implementation of Metroidvania structure
Overreliance on kill rooms
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Tubutas
( 24.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Wow! Bought this game on a steam sale years ago and just finally got bored enough to play it and with my little expectations I was BLOWN AWAY.

Everything from the art style, to the humor, to the gameplay, even the narrative left a very postive taste in my mouth. It's like a 2d version of my favorite game of all time ocarina of time. You go to a new place get a new power to help you solve incresingly diffacult puzzles just like a zelda, but this game adds in interesting challenges by adding moderately difficult platforming while fighting against hordes of baddies.

The action is everywhere, if I had to nitpick i'd say there are too many enemies, but a large portion of the enemies are optional battles. That being said combat is very fun. Its easy to string hits but you can do some pretty narly combos. And I love how baddies scale in this game, instead of taking a billion hits to kill late game they just start to dodge and become pseudo boss attack patterns.

And each area concludes with a boss battle. The inner sadist in me wishes they were harder, but they are epic feeling. Every boss is unique, has a progression to how they attack, and once you figure out their patterns are very rewarding to kill.

The narrative is pretty moving. The plot is pretty straightfoward but the combination of the art style and the unique setting of the game really helps disguise the fact that it is basically dude rescues the princess platformer. The characters are memorable, the dialog is good and the cutscenes are powerful.

The comedy style of this game is gold for me I could see it being a detterant for someone who wants their game to be taken seriously, but its an indie game. At one point the devs run out of new ability names so they litterally say sorry we ran out of names and give you a move called "Dashing Derpderp".

I just beat the game on regular mode, but in order to get the complete narrative I have to go back and play on a new game plus type deal and I'm ECSTATIC. I wanted to replay the original game almost immediately after beating it it was so good, but now I have a reason to continue gaming.

10/10
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DeathWantsMore
( 39.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Honestly the most fun platformer/metroidvania I've played... Well, since Super Metroid. It features a super fun combat system borrowed from fighting games, mostly and obviously Street Fighter, although it's much more simple and not strictly timing based for the most part. Platforming is the most challenging part of the game, requires precision and timing but game is not very punishing so it won't get on your nerves quick. If you're looking for an amazing platforming action then you just must try this game out, I can't tell you even a single reason against it, cause that is a 10/10 game. Well, maybe if you hate mexican culture really really much then... You still must play it!
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Valo216
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
This game is awesome
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Ductos
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
One of the absolute best Metroidvania games I've ever played, now in the most definitive release!

Don't even know where to start. It has great humor, very intuitive controls (get a gamepad though), fun level design (now with even more areas!) and the ability to play in fan-made costumes is just the icing on the cake.

Masterful music, fantastic presentation, colorful graphics...really, it's very hard for me to find any flaws with it.

Gold Edition is good, but the Super Turbo Championship Edition is far superior!
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doofer20
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Lots of fun over all with an ok story.

The gameplay was a lot of fun. The moves all pretty much a directional slam but the throwing along with them made comboing out fun and different then most games like this. The puzzles were challenging on both timing and figuring it out but not to the point they were to hard.
The story was fine but could have used some text sound. doesn't need speaking but just like the beeps like in megaman or random noises in banjo kazooie. It pretty predictable but its fun.
The game looks great over all and has a lot of little easter eggs hidden in the towns. The music is great but again i wish there was text sounds.

if you like these type of sidescrollers like i do this is a must
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I am the cheese
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Probably one of the best Medtroidvania games out there. Storyline and theme is interesting enough, controls and movement are quick and responsive and the gameplay is easy pick up and put back down when you've had enough (thanks in part to heaps of save points). Fairly easy to beat, but the fun of finding all the powerups and secrets makes you want to keep playing and exploring.
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Lain
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
This is the perfect game to live out your fantasies of being Jeb Bush
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Ramama
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This game is amazing!
The platforming is challenging, yet fair, and entertaining to discover new ways to stay off the ground.
The combat is fun and the special moves are oh so satisfying to use!
The characters are funny and charming.
It is definitely worth a shot!
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Krauntz (G.E.W.P.)
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I dont like it :/
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XxZappixX
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
it good.
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BanjoBunny
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Overall I liked the game and it's definitely worth the price on sale for ~4hrs of entertainment. However there was a slight issue I didn't notice early enough that I'd like to warn people about.

When this game goes on sale, it'll also have the gold edition and this one bundled up in one. Pay attention and don't buy the bundle, just buy this edition.
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toerenteller
( 23.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Fun metrovanian platformer with challenging puzzles and gameplay.
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AFRLme
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
This game let's you play as "Bad ♥♥♥" Danny Trejo in a gimp mask & apparently all the women (in this game) love themselves a side order of burly tattoo chested gimp mask wearing Danny Trejo.

Do I recommend this game? ¡por supuesto! - of course.
Why? Because it's a hell-of-a-lot-o-fun!

& moving on... You get to play as plain old regular peasant Juan, Gimp Trejo & as a "Bad ♥♥♥" chicken with a pecking fetish. What's not to love? By the way, did I mention I really like Fajitas? What!? I didn't... well, I do, so now you know. ;)

No this game isn't all about fajitas, tortillas, chickens & Danny Trejo. You also get to do a lot of face smashing (& statue smashing much to the chagrin & protestations of a bleating old goat), with a side order of hazardous exploration, brain inducing puzzle solving & general exercise workout regime in the form of reflex training for your thumbs & fingers that would probably even tire out Wolf from the (super old) Gladiators TV show.

10/10/10/-1: Best spandex wearing gimp simulator (ever).
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scarypotato
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
This game is a true gem! From the graphics, game play, level design , story, everything about this game is a real delight. Some of the challenges can get frustrating, but it's never so bad where you won't want to try it over again. Visually, this game blows my mind with the fantastic style. Controls are tight and everything feels responsive, but it can get hairy when you're battling a big group of enemies, but that's part of the fun ( and I guess the reason for the Intenso meter)
The interaction with the people and NPCS is always sharp and funny. This game has everything you could wish for in a metroidvania, and brings plenty of twists to keep it feeling fresh.
In short, I really love this game and can't recommend it enough!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Dip your chip into this tasty treat.

With Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition, Toronto-based indie developer DrinkBox Studios mashes up 2D Metroid-inspired exploration and platforming with brawler-style combat, then seasons it all with heavy doses of Mexican culture, video game nostalgia, and lively humor. The 2013 original skipped Nintendo hardware, but luckily Wii U owners get to experience this expanded, definitive take on the game with new areas, abilities, and enemies.

Guacamelee: STCE stars Juan, a lowly agave farmer bestowed with a super-powered luchador mask after a brave--but failed--attempt to rescue El Presidente’s daughter. Juan’s ensuing journey is presented in a cartoony manner that rarely wavers from a peppy, humorous bent, though I found the narrative’s handful of serious notes surprisingly compelling, as well. That being said, the story is never really intrusive. It doesn’t overpower the gameplay, but flavors it well, combining with a Mexican setting and vibe rarely explored in video games to form a vivid, refreshing personality that’s a tremendous asset to the experience.

Juan’s adventure takes him across a series of gorgeously rendered locales, and the Metroid-inspired progression in regards to new abilities yielding newly accessible areas is pervasive throughout. The game does a good enough job with this structure, and its world is fun to explore. There’s always another hidden health or stamina upgrade to be found or perhaps an amusing easter egg referencing video games or pop culture lurking somewhere around. The ability progression makes it so that things really open up over time in terms of combat and navigating the game world.

However, Guacamelee is admittedly a bit lacking when it comes to the pacing and environmental intricacy that are so key to the best titles in the “Metroidvania” genre. For instance, the map is segmented in such a way that environments feel set apart from each other, and there are loading screens separating the individual areas. The maps can be quite well interwoven within these discrete zones, but they don’t overlap with each other in significant ways. Also, the color-coded barriers that gate off areas until the acquisition of the proper abilities seem a bit paint-by-numbers and inorganic. All these elements dissolve a much-desired sense of seamlessness.

Fortunately, other aspects make up for these small deficiencies. Combat in particular improves significantly once more moves are unlocked. In the beginning, battles feel stilted, samey, and very chore-like. In the late game, when enemy types are more varied and the player has a wider array of super-powered moves available, combos become far more creative and stylish. The design structure still tends to rely too much on kill rooms, but the surprisingly deep and fun combat system that emerges over the course of the game mostly mitigates this flaw.

The way new attack moves also increase mobility (e.g., a Dragon Punch-style uppercut allows one to make it to previously out-of-reach platforms) is a nice touch that makes gaining new abilities feel more meaningful and adds extra texture to the game’s solidly-designed gauntlet of platforming challenges.

The only issues with Guacamelee are simply minor quibbles that keep it from true masterpiece status. It’s hard to worry too much about these slight imperfections when the game hits so many right notes, ranging from the lavish presentation to the deep combat and platforming. On the whole, it’s a brisk and refreshing joy to play, with a lively personality that's eminently endearing. Guacamelee is a fantastic Metroid-inspired platformer that shouldn’t be missed.
Summary
Pros

Exploration is a joy
Fun presentation and personality
Nice ability progression
Outstanding art style and graphics
Surprisingly deep combat

Cons

Imperfect implementation of Metroidvania structure
Overreliance on kill rooms
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Wow! Bought this game on a steam sale years ago and just finally got bored enough to play it and with my little expectations I was BLOWN AWAY.

Everything from the art style, to the humor, to the gameplay, even the narrative left a very postive taste in my mouth. It's like a 2d version of my favorite game of all time ocarina of time. You go to a new place get a new power to help you solve incresingly diffacult puzzles just like a zelda, but this game adds in interesting challenges by adding moderately difficult platforming while fighting against hordes of baddies.

The action is everywhere, if I had to nitpick i'd say there are too many enemies, but a large portion of the enemies are optional battles. That being said combat is very fun. Its easy to string hits but you can do some pretty narly combos. And I love how baddies scale in this game, instead of taking a billion hits to kill late game they just start to dodge and become pseudo boss attack patterns.

And each area concludes with a boss battle. The inner sadist in me wishes they were harder, but they are epic feeling. Every boss is unique, has a progression to how they attack, and once you figure out their patterns are very rewarding to kill.

The narrative is pretty moving. The plot is pretty straightfoward but the combination of the art style and the unique setting of the game really helps disguise the fact that it is basically dude rescues the princess platformer. The characters are memorable, the dialog is good and the cutscenes are powerful.

The comedy style of this game is gold for me I could see it being a detterant for someone who wants their game to be taken seriously, but its an indie game. At one point the devs run out of new ability names so they litterally say sorry we ran out of names and give you a move called "Dashing Derpderp".

I just beat the game on regular mode, but in order to get the complete narrative I have to go back and play on a new game plus type deal and I'm ECSTATIC. I wanted to replay the original game almost immediately after beating it it was so good, but now I have a reason to continue gaming.

10/10
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Recommended
39.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Honestly the most fun platformer/metroidvania I've played... Well, since Super Metroid. It features a super fun combat system borrowed from fighting games, mostly and obviously Street Fighter, although it's much more simple and not strictly timing based for the most part. Platforming is the most challenging part of the game, requires precision and timing but game is not very punishing so it won't get on your nerves quick. If you're looking for an amazing platforming action then you just must try this game out, I can't tell you even a single reason against it, cause that is a 10/10 game. Well, maybe if you hate mexican culture really really much then... You still must play it!
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Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Rly good so far but it's so much better with a controller, using keyboard and mouse makes the game about 6x harder than it should be (at least for me)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
The first thing that surprised me in Guacamelee was obviously the setting. The mexican theme is great. Although i don't know much about mexican culture to know if the game is respectful of it, i appreciate how colorful the game is. Even the "World of the Dead" is full of bright colors. Every single environment is just a joy to discover, because it's all so different than most games.

The second thing that surprised me was the gameplay. Based on the trailers, I was expecting a pure beat them all, but it's actually a fairly original mix of a beat them all and metroidvania (a platformer with a huge map where you acquire new powers to unlock new parts of the map). The two genres are well implemented, and complements each other very well.

On the beat them all side, you've got an array of attacks available, and it's fairly easy to chain them together, which makes it easy to get huge combos. It's always satisfying to reach 50, 100, or even more than 100 hits combo. Every few screens, you will enter an "arena", where you need to be able to beat a serie of enemies before the exits are unlocked.

On the metroidvania side, you've got lots of platforming, and your beat them all attacks also serves as ways to reach platformers. An uppercut to reach higher ground, a dash to go farther away, etc. As with any metroidvania there is a fair bit of backtracking to do to uncover all secrets, but all secrets are "fair": the game give you tons of hints as to where they are, there is no random guessing to do, and the game gives you a completion rate on each map so you know if you've missed something or not.

Another aspect where the game is fair and fun, is the platforming. Like any metroidvania, there is a fair bit of jumping around, and combining your powers to reach the hardest parts of a level. However, the great thing about Guacamelee is that if you fail a jump, the game will teleport you right back to the last platform you were on rather than throwing you at the previous checkpoint, which might be quite far away. So even though they are some fairly difficult parts, you're never forced to play huge sections again and again, you just need to retry the last bit that you failed. That's very nice for players, it avoids needless repetitions or raging.

However, despite theses mechanisms intended to make the game more accessible, Guacamelee remains a tough game. It's not a hardcore platformer like Super Meat Boy, but it's definitely more difficult than your average platformer. If you like challenging games, you should definitely feels at ease in Guacamelee, which has the added bonus that many of it's more tricky challenges are optional, so it's up to you to decide how much you want to push yourself. 100% completion is totally doable, but will requires some patience.

On the same point, it's fairly obvious the game is aimed at long time gamers. Beside the difficulty, it also packs a ton of references to other video games. Billboards in the backgrounds, specific piece of dialogs, characters...there are so many references spread across the game that I'm not sure anyone has ever been able to spot them all.

At the other end of the spectrum, people who are not familiar with platformers should stay away from the game. Though the mechanisms are fair, it definitely requires you to be familiar with some platformers tropes, and be used to chain powers together to fling yourself into the air.

Moreover, if you want a relaxed experience, where you're just enjoying the story, the game is not for you, because the story is barebones. Though it introduces some interesting characters, the dialogs are basic, and the story is a stereotypical "knight saves princess" kind of thing.

All of that means that the pleasure of Guacamelee lies in its travel (the screen to screen gameplay) rather than its destination (furthering the story). With its many references, it's an ode to video games and is aimed at long time gamers. It indeniably succeeds at that task. However you should only try if if you're think that would be the sort of things you would enjoy. Otherwise, you're just gonna set yourself up for frustration.
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Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Que tal um metroidvania que foge das temáticas comuns do gênero e resolve construir um mundo que respira o México? Este é Guacamelee, uma fórmula que deu muito certo e casou tudo muito bem tudo, nos mínimos detalhes. A música e o visual lembram bem este país, bem como o enredo, que trata da morte de uma maneira bem festiva, já que o Dia de Los Muertos é uma data a ser celebrada por lá. Juan, um homem simples do campo, vai ao encontro da filha do presidente, que é sua amiga de infância, para que juntos fossem às festividades deste feriado. Contudo, surge Calaca, um vilão poderoso que captura a jovem e acaba com a vida do protagonista, mas este consegue voltar com uma máscara, tornando-o um Luchador. Como um típico metroidvania, você consegue poderes novos à medida que avança e poderá retornar em cenários já explorados para descobrir segredos. Aventure-se com até mais três pessoas, mas duas no total já faz as coisas ficarem interessantes sem muita zueira, ou pode ir sozinho, que fica até mais difícil. Ele possui dois finais, sendo que o verdadeiro é possível desde que você consiga as seis partes de máscara espalhadas em diversos desafios. Ainda, o jogo faz um ótimo trabalho nos quesitos plataforma e golpes, além de usar de maneira inteligente da mecânica de viagem entre o mundo dos vivos e dos mortos para resolver as mais variadas situações. E pare para notar as numerosas referências, principalmente a outros jogos, espalhadas. Vai lá e... hasta la vista!
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50 of 55 people (91%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
[✔] True Metroidvania style with great powerups, secrets and maps of the areas.
[✔] Great sense of exploration gets you addicted and wondering what's coming up.
[✔] At times unique and challenging platforming relying on your upgrades and powers.
[✔] Enemies, bosses rely on skill to defeat, instead of button mashing, pre-programmed ways.
[✔] Satisfying fighting and combo system.
[✔] Superb and highly fitting soundtrack.
[✔] Great and subtle humor and storyline that doesn't get old.
[✔] Non-linear/Sequence breaking possible.
[✔] Grim Fandango character vibes on acid.
[✔] Lovely artstyle.
[✔] Challenges.
[✔] Steam Workshop.
[✔] Remappable controls.
[✔] POLLO POWER!!

I've finished the non-turbo version several times with all achievements and this is an amazing upgrade and I just saw an amazing Samus Aran skin so I'm gonna get back to this version now.
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Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
Donald Trump's worst nightmare/personal hell.
10/10 too much mexicans

But in all seriousness, damn near perfect game, buy it now. It was a steal getting it on sale. BUY NOW.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Very nicely done Metroidvania platformer with a pleasant (though quite flashy) art style, lots of references, smooth controls and fun combat. It really packs a punch and offers some gamepad-breaking challenges along the way, especially for completionists.

I'm sure it's worth its full price, though I bought it on sale.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
another beautiful 2D game , this game has more Action , and amazing story
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
This game is AWESOME. Not perfect, that would be silly, but super fun, super well made, and it fits many kinds of players.
Casual? This game can be brute-forced relatively easily, and give you tools to cheese it.
Hardcore? This game has hard challenges, a hard mode, and tight fighting controls.
Explorer? This is a metroidvania-style game, with very generous final moves to explore everywhere!

To make it shorts: the game controls very well with either a gamepad or a keyboard, the story is good enough to keep you going, the graphics have a very strong style and looks nice all around and the soundtrack compliment the game very well.

There are really no cons to this game; it know what it does and does it well; it's well worth the price.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
66% Ethnic Stereotypes
33% Nintendo Plagarism
100% Fun
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
+ Gameplay is fast, fun and fluid, a cool melee take on the Metroidvania formula.
+ The world is very colourful and absolutely drenched in a Dia de los Muertos atmosphere.

- The story is a cookie-cutter 'Rescue the princess' plot with little to no variation.

While Guacamelee contains a few cool characters (mostly enemy bosses), the story felt incredibly bland and uninteresting, a stark contrast to the game's visual representation. Nevertheless I had an absolute blast with the game, piledriving hordes of skeletons into other hordes of skeletons. Fans of beat-em-up games like Shank or Metroidvania games in general should definitely give this a look.
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Recommended
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
Every once in a rare while you come across a game that feels so refined, so polished that there's nothing left to complain about. Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition is such a game. The visual style is unique, captivating, and still coherent. Each objective, and the motivation for reaching it, is always clear, but you're still free to explore along the way or in the opposite direction as you so choose. The collectables scattered about the relatively open world are hidden well enough to require some exploration but not so well that you're inclined to seek out a guide - exempting a select few of course. The ever-growing inventory of new special moves are explained fully, used immediately, and are as useful for regular platforming as they are for fighting. Misjudging a jump and falling into a bottomless pit or a pool of green slime sends you right back to where you jumped from, letting you try again without even the frustration of returning to the last well-placed checkpoint. And if all that sounds too easy for you, there is plenty of post-ending secrets and challenges to test your skills on, including a second, more punishing difficulty.
Every part of this game just works so smoothly and is so enjoyable that I had a hard time putting it down. But the thing that really caught me off guard is that amongst all the joking and all the delightful silliness, there's still something dramatic and engaging here. There's a damsel in distress that remains defiant and selfless despite being helpless. There's a hero that remains focused and grounded despite apocalyptic consequences and dying himself. There's villains with their own tragic, narcissistic, or trivial reasons for acting as they do. And there's a climax that ties it all together into something more meaningful than it seemed to be along the way. There is truly nothing missing here and no reason to avoid playing this game.
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Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
The game is pretty good. But it is not playable with a keyboard. When it becomes harder in the next chapters, it is almost impossible to pass without a gamepad. If you don't have a gamepad, I don't recommend it. You may ask that "how can it be hard". If you say that, try and see...
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Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Pros:
  • Great graphics design
  • Amazing soundtrack
  • Mechanically challenging
  • Gameplay never gets old
  • Co-op play is well implemented
  • The game is quite self-aware, the atmosphere, the references, the jokes are all refreshingly good
Cons:
  • Slightly unfair difficulty in some of the later stages, it could put some people off
  • It never hurt if the game was longer

Verdict: definitely 10/10 for me, if only there were more games like Guacamelee on the market.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Love this game , its fun , fast past .
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
In a gaming industy rife with grainy realisim this explosion of colourful personality goes down like warm coco. An incredible homage to games that paved the way for the genre from mario brothers to metroid this game takes the best of all those that once were with a fresh and slick mexican motif. Tons of finess has been put into every inch of the game from the lovable NPCs to wonderful artwork and top quality music. This is what gaming ought to be about exploration, escapism and ultimalty damn good fun highly recommended especially for the price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
Only played under 2 hours but this is really fun and for under 2€ it's a steal. if you like metroidvanias it's a casual one but the puzzles are still fun not so hard
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Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Grab Guac by the crack and lick the crap out of it.

9/10
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