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Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition.
« on: February 19, 2019, 12:47:54 PM »
Guacamelee! was originally released in April 2013 by Drink Box Studios, and has gone through 2 major updates/iterations consisting of a "Gold Edition" and more recently the "Super Turbo Championship Edition" which included all the content from the earlier "Gold Edition".

Guacamelee! is set in the Mexiverse, a dimension where the world is heavily influenced by Mexican culture and folklore, often making reference to the Mexican holiday of "The day of the dead", where it is to be believed that the barrier separating world of the living and the world of the dead begins to weaken and allows the spirits of ancestors to visit family for a day.

The game sets out with you as Juan Aguacate, a humble agave farmer with aspirations to become a luchador (Mexican pro-wrestler), naturally he gets his chance to prove his metal when his childhood love interest simply known as "El Presidente's Daughter" (her real name is revealed to be Lupita) is kidnapped by the evil undead charro (cowboy) Calaca.

Juan tries to stop the abduction, but is quickly killed in the process, when he wakes up in the land of the dead, he is met by an inhabitant name Tostada, who tells him to put on the mask of the dead, which contain supernatural powers to transport the wearer between the world of the living and the dead.

Along the way Juan learns new skills and powers to use in the fight against Calaca and his evil skeleton forces.

One of the interesting aspects of the game is that the powers you acquire are not simply used for fighting but puzzle solving and even advancement through sections of the game itself.

For example; you reach a section of the game where your standard jump can not reach the required height to reach a ledge, you will require the "Rooster uppercut" power to get that extra bit of height to land safely on the platform. Other instances have the play chain together multiple powers to traverse a section of map that is littered with obstacles, and for an added challenge some of these sections have you not only use your various powers, but swap between the land of the living and dead.

The game is reminiscent of the classic Metroid and Castlevania games (hence the term "Metroidvania") where in order to progress you need to acquire new skills and then you can return to the section of the game that may have given you difficulty before. You also can take on side quests to increase you health and stamina so you can not only take more damage but also have more energy to perform special attacks.

Humour and pop culture references fill the brightly coloured game to the brim and will more than likely leave the player with a smile on their face.

One of the additions that were brought in by the "Gold" update was the inclusion of costumes and the "El Diablo" challenges.

The costumes each had their own special abilities and penalties that would help or even hinder you on your quest, but seem to be more geared in defeating specific "El Diablo" challenges, such as dealing more damage with throw attacks, or giving you more stamina for the special move challenges.

Then when the PS4 and XBONE rolled around, Drink Box released the "Super Turbo Championship Edition" that included all the DLC for free and an altered story line that added two new sections for the game along with another boss and enemies! Along with these updates came an extra DLC pack containing more costumes that consisted of bosses dubbed the "Frenemies", and each offered their own set of abilities and even achievements that added replay value.

To summarize, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is a fantastic game that has equal parts humour, action, adventure, and frustrating challenge and is a welcome addition to anyone's collection be they young or old.

Score: 9/10


Sir Logan Johnson, Esq. XIII.