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: If you've been playing games for any extended portion of your life, you'll completely understand my mindset while I played through Drinkbox's outstanding new south of the border platformer, Guacamelee. What mindset am I talking about?
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.
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.
Summary: Retro-game-homages are as popular as ever, but too many fail to capture the magic of their inspirations. To call Guacamelee! anything other than an homage is downright uninformed. However, it's surprising just how well it manages to both cite its source material and use those inspirations to form a...
Pros: Charming characters and dialogue, Flashy and nuanced hand-to-hand combat, Fantastic use of color, Great balance of comedy and drama
Cons: Mildly repetitive enemy designs and encounters