Conclusion: Is there a time and place for meme art in games? Do Guacamelee! ‘s Mexican themes offend ? How does a game studio properly issue a love letter to their influences? Guacamelee! is a surprising source for a number of in-depth questions regarding ethnic art and internet influence, but it’s also one of...
Conclusion: Even though it would have definitely benefitted from taking a breath and slowing things down a little, and even though the game-world could have been mined more deeply, Guacamelee! remains a pleasure to play from start to finish, boss-shaped difficulty spikes and all.
Excerpt: In many ways, Guacamelee! is stupid. The name alone should give you that impression. A loving take on the 'Metroidvania' style platformer, within its first few minutes the ridiculous nature of its premise is confirmed.
Conclusion: Guacamelee moves seamlessly between the PS3 and the Vita keeping the satisfying combat perfectly blended with a good sense of style and humor. Drinkbox Studios second effort does not disappoint.
Excerpt: Drenched in Mexican culture and mashing together a half-dozen classic games, Guacamelee! is a challenging and delightful experience. It draws heavily on a triumvirate of combat, platforming, and exploration to create a memorable romp through a multi-dimensional world, consistently offering up vexing...
Pros: Excellent combat, Lovely presentation, Smart and funny
Cons: Brief difficulty spikes, No hints anywhere, Playing co-op with a less-skilled partner
Conclusion: If Super Metroid is fine dining on exquisite steak then Guacamelee is a night at the wild Mexican place down the street, the one where you're sure the salsa is either aggressively seasoned or mixed with the chef's blood.
Conclusion: Drinkbox Studios has already made a name for itself on PSN with colourful platformers like Mutant Blobs Attack. Guacamelee suggests a real step-up in terms of ambition, and that's a welcome move - even if it does perhaps come at the cost of a little polish.