PS Vita games you need to play #4
- Posted September 24th, 2013 at 12:52 EDT by Paul Kelly
What is Guacamelee!?
Well, it isn't actually Mexican for a start--that was a lie. Guacamelee! was made in Toronto, Canada by a company called Drinkbox Studios. No moose or maple syrup is in the game, though. Wrestlers, or luchadors, ARE in--and one is the protagonist. His name is Juan Aguacate. He was a simple farmer when the villian, a Mexican horseman named Carlos Calaca, comes along and kidknapps El Presidente's daughter and Juan finds a magic mask that gives him wrestling powers. Another thing the game does is put Spanish words into English sentences--it's so easy, anyone can do it! Parts of Guacamelee! can be an absolute cabrón.
Gucamelee! is a non-linear action platform game, which is sometimes known as a 'Metroidvania' (a blend of Metroid and Castlevania tropes). This type of game is known for having a lot of back-tracking, non-linear traversal, and combat. Guacamelee! has no shortage of all three. What sets this apart, though, is the combat system which is, of course, based on wrestling moves. As you progress through the game, more moves are unlocked, which aren't just used to defeat enemies, but also for getting through any given area. There are special moves and each is a distinctive colour; these can be used to destroy huge blocks halting your progress or open access to hidden areas. Early in the game, you'll see blocks that can't be passed until later abilities are acquired.
Juan can also switch dimensions between the living world and the dead world, which is key to navigating the game's areas. Platforming is like a puzzle in and of itself, thanks to this interesting mechanic. Of course, that's without mentioning the ability to turn into a chicken. Guacamelee's equivalent to Metroid's morphball, the chicken is small and allows you to squeeze through narrow gaps and reach hidden areas.