Guacamelee! Just hearing that name brings with it a plethora of different emotions for me. So let me put on my wrestler mask and step into a journey of Mexican folklore.
In his attempt to save El Presidente’s Daughter from the evil Carlos Calaca, Juan Aguacate is killed and sent to a realm of the dead. He is then given a mystical wrestler’s mask which gives him the special powers of a Luchador. Juan is then sent back to the world of the living to hunt down Carlos, rescue El Presidente’s daughter and save the world.
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is a 2D brawler/platformer title that has expanded from the original version to include DLC which adds new abilities, areas, enemies and bosses. These inclusions have been done very well and made play through seamless for players like myself who did not play the original.
Taking control of Juan, you begin with very basic movement and attacks which allow you to progress quite easily throughout the areas. Along the way, there are many civilians to talk to and obtain the occasional side quest to complete. For those attentive players, there is also many references to other games located in the towns to look out for.
As you progress further into the game, you acquire extra abilities that assist you both in combat and movement. These include double-jumping, wall-jumping as well as powerful uppercuts and power-punches to name a few. Obviously, the areas get increasingly more difficult to maneuver with the addition of obstacles like spike vines and lava requiring you to jump to and from realms or activate your very temporary shield ability, sometimes very quickly.
Now I’m not a noob, but some areas took me so long to complete that I almost needed a packed lunch and blood-pressure medication, but finally reaching the checkpoint was highly relieving. And without using spoilers, the bosses are quite the challenge. Fortunately, if you want to share the fun or need help you can now locally play with a friend. Online multiplayer would have been a nice inclusion, but alas is not available.
Visuals & Audio
Visually, the environments vary from brightly colours to solemn darks depending on which realm you are in, giving you a clear difference between the two. The areas and maps have been very well developed as are the graphically simplistic character design. Audibly, you are presented with local ambience and a wealth of Mexican melodies accompanied by your standard combat sounds.
Honestly, I picked up this title because it was free on Xbox One and thought it would be a great way to spend a couple of hours. At first, I did not have a very great opinion on this game but somewhere, I got hooked and couldn’t put it down, I had to finish it. To me, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is a diamond in the rough and despite wanting to toss my controller in rage more times than I’d like to admit, it is a great title and also one to enjoy with a friend. Having said that, I would have liked to have the option to play multiplayer online.