Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition Strikes Gold
So the indie game scene is big this year. E3 had a huge lineup of up and coming indie games which is lucky for Sony and Microsoft since the majority of their big name titles are delayed until 2015. This last month came the release of an indie title from Drinkbox Studios called Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition. This is Guacamelee’s fourth edition after being previously released on PS3 and PS Vita in 2013 and later releasing a Gold edition on Steam which included the DLC and other features. It was once again released earlier this year on OS X and Linux and finally in July it was released on Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U. Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition includes the DLC from the Gold edition as well as extra levels and bosses.
Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition is your classic 2-D side scrolling action adventure game that has been popular since the original Nintendo Entertainment System. The gameplay is addictive, the levels are well designed, and your characters have unlock-able abilities. What’s not to love? Drinkbox Studios did a great job sticking to the classic 2-D format and keeping true to the genre. When the game begins the player controls Juan Aguacate who is a farmer that is in love with El Presidente’s Daughter. The village is attacked by Carlos Calaca who kidnaps El Presidente’s Daughter and while trying to thwart the kidnapping Juan is killed and wakes up in the land of the dead. The second playable character, Tostada who is a Luchador, gives Juan a mask that transforms him into a Luchador and returns him to the world of the living. Now with his new powers, Juan must rescue El Presidente’s Daughter before he can perform a ritual that will give him control of both the land of the living and the dead. The plot is a combination of Super Mario Bros. and the movie Willow combined with Mexican cultural references and folklore.
Drinkbox Studios took a lot of their inspiration from games such as Castlevania and the levels are designed very similar. Certain areas are not accessible in the beginning of the game, but after unlocking certain abilities for your character, you are able to access them. Keeping with the Mexican theme of Guacamelee and being a Luchador, Juan and Tostada have a range of grappling moves that allow you toss your enemies into each other or suplex them on top of other enemies. This allows for great crowd control which is a necessary gameplay mechanic in Guacamelee due to the crazy amounts of enemies that will appear during boss fights and other areas in the game. Also, Juan and Tostada have unlock-able costumes that enhance certain attributes; some of them are pretty comical (i.e. the Chicken costume).
A feature that I applaud Drinkbox for, is including the option for a 2-player feature, so you and a friend can play as Juan and Tostada together through local co-op. This is a feature in games that is rarely seen anymore in our online gaming world and is a nice addition. Unfortunately, there is not an option for online co-op which seems surprising to me since the local co-op is already built in, and it seems like an easy add-on. I mean, it is the fourth release of the game.
Overall, Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition is a great addition to the indie game scene and is a fun classic styled game that brings older gamers back to their roots and shows the younger crowd what made video games great to begin with. The characters are wacky and fun and gameplay mechanics are enjoyable which create an overall great experience. Unfortunately, the game is quite short and can be completed in less then ten hours. However, even though your time with Juan and Tostada is short lived, it is Guactastic while it lasts.
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