Posted: November 28
Guacamelee is one of the best games I've ever played. I put it right next to Cave Story in my list of favorite indie games.
Guacamelee is a Metroidvania 2D-sidescrolling action game. Here are my personal highlights:
-Pacing and level design are both fantastic. The game introduces new powerups and abilities at a constant steady pace, which keeps the game feeling fresh the whole way through. Every powerup you unlock opens up new areas in past locations you've already visited, with new goodies to discover in each.
-Combat is fun and easy enough to understand. It's pure melee action and rewards you for chaining combos of different moves. It gives you full freedom to pull off different combos of all sorts.
-Art style is stylish, gorgeous, and makes good use of Mesoamerican cultural references/imagery in a respectful manner.
-The soundtrack fits all of the different (Mexican) environments perfectly. I don't think the developers (in Canada) had a single person of Mexican descent on their team when they made this game... but I can tell they did their homework on Mexican culture.
-Lots of clever easter eggs and references to other games like Metroid, Mario, Zelda, and other indie games. It was fun spotting them all.
I didn't really find anything to fault the game for, other than that it never recognized my USB gamepad, so I had to play it with my keyboard. It was still enjoyable despite that though. If you have a Xbox 360 controller (I don't, mine's a generic USB pad) you likely won't have this problem.
I definitely recommend this game! It deserves every bit of praise it gets. I sadly never got to try out the 2-4 player co-op multiplayer, but I imagine that would only have made it even more enjoyable.