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Guacamelee!
Developed by: DrinkBox Studios
Published by: DrinkBox Studios
Release date: April 9, 2013
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Linux, macOS
Genre: Action platformer
Number of Players: Up to 4 players
ESRB Rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Use of Alcohol and Suggestive Themes
Price: $14.99
(Humble Store Link)

Guacamelee! is a really fun game based off of Mexican culture, and also lovingly makes fun of it.

The story of Guacamelee! is when a skeleton named Calaca steals Juan’s (the main character) childhood friend to marry her. Juan tries to fight Calaca, but Calaca knocks Juan out in one hit. When Juan wakes up, he finds his town on fire. He walks through the town and sees the luchador statue. The luchador mask comes off and floats to Juan. It goes onto Juan’s face and he becomes the luchador!

There are two towns you can visit and each one has at least one quest. The quests are just something simple, like sorting someone’s chickens because they escaped their pens, or gathering ingredients because someone wants to make perfect chili. There are also three temples you can visit. These are the Temple of Rain, the Temple of War, and the Great Temple, where Juan rematches with Calaca.

The game is fun to play, and is very colorful. For example, each power-up has its own color. If you use a certain power-up it flashes a unique color.

Guacamelee!
Highlights:

Strong Points: Lots of fun; good story; can be very challenging; has a lot of funny jokes
Weak Points: (PC only) GOG version supports only 2 players while Steam version supports 4
Moral Warnings: Violence, alcohol references and magic use

Guacamelee! has some references to Satan. For example, Calaca says that he beat the devil. Also, you get to go to El Infierno, which is Guacamelee!’s version of Hell. In El Infierno, you meet Satan and he is in the form of a chicken. He says that Calaca turned him into the chicken. Juan also gets turned into a chicken, and Satan tells you how to get back to your normal form.

The enemies you fight are all skeletons, except for a couple of totem-like things. A lot of the skeletons look very similar, but you can tell them apart by their behavior, and by their clothing. There are some large ones and some small ones, and even the bosses are almost all skeletons.

The ESRB rating said there was mild language, but I don’t recall seeing any. There was use of magic and mentions of Satan, as I have already said. Also, there was use of alcohol. One of the bosses was a man made entirely of fire. This boss used alcohol for fuel. Because of this, he was very crazy and uses guns to fight. He once even ran out of ammo because he kept shooting the sky instead of shooting you.

Guacamelee!
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 94%
Gameplay - 20/20
Graphics - 9/10
Sound - 9/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 68%
Violence - 6/10
Language - 7/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 5/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 6/10

The controls are easy to learn and all the abilities are pretty simple with some funny names. Here are some of the abilities you can get: Olmec’s Headbutt, Rooster Uppercut, Dashing Derpderp, and Frog Slam.

The art is weird, but not bad. The music is Mexican-styled, and it isn’t bad either. The graphics are great, and simple, because the game is entirely in 2D. The game runs very smooth, and does not lag at all.

There isn’t any voice acting besides Juan grunting when he jumps or punches. The sound effects are also pretty good.

I highly recommend this game because it is fun, and challenging. It also has a good sense of humor. For example, it makes fun of Wreck-It Ralph (it calls it Break-It Bill), and the Mario Brothers (it calls them Los Super Hermanos). The game even makes fun of Mexican culture. A lot of times the game makes you mash buttons, and that’s what makes it challenging. There is even a training place that teaches you some button-mashing combos! As much as I like this game, I still don't think little children should play it because of all of the alcohol use, mild language, and supernatural references.

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