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  • Summary: Guacamelee! is a Metroid-vania style action-platformer set in a magical Mexican inspired world.

    The game draws its inspiration from traditional Mexican culture and folklore, and features many interesting and unique characters. Guacamelee builds upon the classic open-world Metroid-vania
    Guacamelee! is a Metroid-vania style action-platformer set in a magical Mexican inspired world.

    The game draws its inspiration from traditional Mexican culture and folklore, and features many interesting and unique characters. Guacamelee builds upon the classic open-world Metroid-vania style of games, by adding a strong melee combat component, a new dimension switching mechanic, and cooperative same-screen multiplayer for the entire story. The game also blurs the boundaries between combat and platforming by making many of the moves useful and necessary for both of these.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. Apr 9, 2013
    100
    As a solid mix of combat, exploration, and heart, it’s a shining example for Metroidvanias everywhere.
  2. Apr 11, 2013
    90
    True to its fanciful food title, Guacamelee serves up a saucy mix of eclectic influences in a fresh take on a classic dish. While there’s always the risk of sampling too many flavors, the end result is a delightfully diverse game that successfully showcases a different side of itself at every taste.
  3. Apr 26, 2013
    90
    Simply put, Guacamelee! is a fun game with a great colour palette, excellent combat and plenty of laughs.
  4. Apr 22, 2013
    85
    Guacamelee is an impressive effort from Drinkbox Studios. It's a simple, solid and well-made Metroid clone in a time when Metroid clones are nonexistent.
  5. Games Master UK
    May 30, 2013
    84
    Unique, stylish and effortlessly charming. [July 2013, p.77]
  6. Apr 26, 2013
    80
    A ridiculously fun action platformer with Mexico as a colorful backdrop. This indie adventure in 2D may be simple, but it successfully combines an engaging combat system with some very entertaining platform challenges.
  7. May 6, 2013
    60
    It's definitely worth a try thanks to the great exploration and fluid combat systems, just make sure you have plenty of patience on hand.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Apr 9, 2013
    10
    Hahaha, this game is hilarious. Definitely worth chicken' out, if you know what I mean. Beating the crap out of the undead always feelsHahaha, this game is hilarious. Definitely worth chicken' out, if you know what I mean. Beating the crap out of the undead always feels great, but the combat in this game feels especially fluid once you get a hang of the supers. Inter-dimensional platforming is also super sweet, and there are plenty of great challenges aside from the main quest line. Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2013
    10
    Perfect metroidvania game!!!!! Very funny and great shout outs to old school games like Castlevania, Metroid Super Mario Bros, and Zelda. aPerfect metroidvania game!!!!! Very funny and great shout outs to old school games like Castlevania, Metroid Super Mario Bros, and Zelda. a lot of love went into this game! Expand
  3. Apr 14, 2013
    10
    Brillant game, tons of fun. Incredibly deep and well balanced. What really makes the game shine is just how polished the mechanics are; itBrillant game, tons of fun. Incredibly deep and well balanced. What really makes the game shine is just how polished the mechanics are; it really is a joy to play. The music is excellent as well as the art direction. Expand
  4. Apr 16, 2013
    9
    This is the kind of game that made me fall in love with video games. This game draws on Metroid's 2-D, nonlinear platforming, with a FinalThis is the kind of game that made me fall in love with video games. This game draws on Metroid's 2-D, nonlinear platforming, with a Final Fight-esque combat scheme that is both simple and complex, and then champions this package with visual graphics that remind me of last year's Mark of the Ninja.

    Many will naturally point to the game's trajectory of plot as a weak point (not sure why everyone loves to do this) but personally I found the storyline substantially entertaining. I have also read that some think the absence of voice acting is a fault, to this I do not think they could be more wrong. The text box dialogue pays genuine homage to the greats of video games from which this game was derived and voice acting would have only conflated the identity if this video game into being something that it is not, which is truly original.
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  5. Jun 19, 2013
    9
    Incredible deep for a downloadable game. It's well balanced and it has a good lenght. I wish it would be longer but not because it's short, itIncredible deep for a downloadable game. It's well balanced and it has a good lenght. I wish it would be longer but not because it's short, it has a very decent length for a downloadable game (15 hours to complete it 100% on my first time) but I'd love to have more of it. The game has a ton of 8bit references and easter eggs to games like Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Castlevania and also recent games like Minecraft, Castle Crashers, Journey, etc. It's charming. Great combat, upgrades, skills, level design, etc. Kudos Drinkbox! Expand
  6. Apr 5, 2014
    8
    Fun, over-the-top mexican arcade smasher/platformer. Enjoyable and challenging platforming segments (in some of the secret orb locations itFun, over-the-top mexican arcade smasher/platformer. Enjoyable and challenging platforming segments (in some of the secret orb locations it even ventures into the hardcore territory), fluid and elaborated combat, cool art direction and most importantly fun gameplay. Let's transform into chicken and fight Jaguar Javier! I usually don't care for trophies, but it was my pleasure to plat this sombrero. 8/10 Expand
  7. May 2, 2014
    7
    I enjoyed my time with this one. It's a metroidvania lite title with some fun melee combat served on a digital nacho. What's with this 150I enjoyed my time with this one. It's a metroidvania lite title with some fun melee combat served on a digital nacho. What's with this 150 character minimum? Expand

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