Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

I don’t know about most of you, but I had the great pleasure of playing one of the greatest PS Vita games;  a little known side-scrolling platformer by the name of “Guacamelee!”  With an intelligently designed gaming mechanic married with brilliant level design, “Guacamelee!” seeks to challenge player’s minds, wits, and reflexes. It not only manages to borrow from some of the greatest platformers, but also pays tribute to the genre we love.  Never before have I played a side-scrolling action platformer with such in-depth fighting mechanics. Your skills are needed as you learn to combo attacks and grapples to clear a room of enemies.  Your perception is pushed to its limit as you attempt to leap wall to wall while switching between dimensions.

You can tell that a lot of love and consideration was put into this game.  Developers Drinkbox Studios gave nods to some of their favorite pop-culture icons. Speckled throughout the levels you will spot “luchadorized” poster versions of the Legend of Zelda, Batman, Grumpy Cat, and a great many more.  It manages to delight and surprise everyone as they play.

The plot starts off like a typical adventure story injected with Mexican heritage.  You play as Juan Aguacate, a humble agave farmer who falls hopelessly in love with El Presidente’s Daughter.  Before getting a chance to take his señorita to the annual festival, an evil and powerful apparition, Carlos Calaca, appears and steals the damsel away while killing our hero. While in the afterlife, Juan acquires an ancient luchador mask which grants him powers and revives him to the land of the living.  Now, he’s on a quest to save his love and prevent Calca from ruling the world.

Nearly a year old, yet, why am I still gushing about this game?  Because the newly re-branded  Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is making its way to PS4, WiiU, X360, and XBox One on July 2nd.  While the original featured a co-op campaign, this re-release with feature play for up to four players, newly designed stages, and more difficult challenges.  So, check out the trailer which, once again, pays homage to a classic fighting game, and then go pre-order it.

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