Guacamalee is a 'Metroid-styled, 2D- platformer developed by DrinkBox Studios.
The plot of the game revolves around a farmer named Juan trying to to rescue the president's daughter from the clutches Carlos (the skeleton) who is goiing to sacrafice her in order to rule the world. In order to do so, Juan chases Carlos and defeats his lackies along the way.
Soundtrack is fantastic, giving off a mexican feel and draws you into the unique world. There is no voice acting with character dialogue through text. The sound effects for attacks are also good.
The graphics suit the game well. the colours are vibrant and not distracting, and do a good job at instilling the mexican atmosphere in the game. Furthermore, the characters and stages all have a mexican styled design to them which helps invoke the mexican atmosphere in the game.
Gameplay revolves around platforming and combat. The platforming in in this game varies between simple to challenging. Some platforms only require a few moves to get to such as simply jumping on them, while more challenging ones require precisely timed executions in order to reach. For the challenging platforming areas, it is difficult to get the precise key inputs through the keyboard as it can only detect a limited number of inputs at a time. I was forced to play with a 360 controller which made the experience more fluid and less frustrating. In combat you face a wide variety of foes including skeletons, dragons and giants which either have melee or ranged attacks. The aim is mainly to unleash as many combos on them as possible to prevent them from attacking you. You have a varity of attacks which you can used to defeat your foes or to help reach platforms from side smash, uppercut and throws. You unlock more moves as you progress through the story. Furthermore, you can upgrade you character in variety of ways including increasing health, damage and spawn delay (by spending money). Furthermore, you can play the game via local co-op with a friend.
There are alot of references to other videogames such as nintendo characters Mario and Link (with mexican vibes to them). Furthermore, there are secrets hidden withen each area which allows you to unlock new costumes for your character. The different costumes each have a unique trait, such as increasing health/damage, which you can use to change how you tackle the combat. Plenty of other secrets lie in the game including secret stage which you can unlock by collecting enough money.
I highly recommend this game to people you love unique and challenging platformers.