Guacamelee! 2 is a deliciously satisfying sequel to the award-winning Mexican-themed Metroidvania-style action game – Guacamelee!
Action-platformers are not exactly my forte in gaming but there’s something about the style and charm of Guacamelee! that makes it hard to put the controller down and stop playing. This game is definitely not one to sleep on and given the originals cult popularity, I’m sure a lot of players won’t.
Guacamelee! 2 brings luchador Juan Aguacate out of his seven-year retirement, out of shape and out of luck as he faces his greatest challenge yet. With the very fabric of the Mexiverse on the verge of being ripped apart, we once again take on a world inspired by Mexican folklore and culture and a horde of new villains. Not to mention there’s a Chicken Illuminati, what!?…
Whether you plan to plough through as a solo adventure or jump in with friends in 4-player local co-op, Guacamelee will keep you hooked for hours at a time. The gameplay is smooth and intuitive making hard to complete platforming puzzles all the more satisfying when you manage to pull them off. The game is never unfairly hard but some levels may leave you scratching your head until it clicks or just re-running the same level until you finally manage to overcome the cleverly thought out design. Enemies also play a part in each level and have their own quirks. Learning them as you go is all part of the enjoyment.
As you progress, you unlock more wrestling skills to help you on your way, as well as being able to turn into a chicken. It may not make much sense but it opens up a whole new dynamic that’ll have you switching back and forth as you plough through your enemies and navigate the increasingly challenging levels. There are also trainers spread across the Mexiverse that’ll help you boost your natural talents by spending earned coins so making sure to hunt down these treasures and overcome the insane level designs to obtain them is always worth doing.
The characters are a collection of oddballs, with the villains being especially out there, but therein lies the charm of the story and cheesy dialogue. While the atmosphere within the game features a rather darker tone it never takes itself too seriously and often makes a point of showcasing that. If your down for a giggle and a little nod to games of old and current popular culture then Guacamelee has you covered. It’s the little things the developers have added to the game that helps you just love it more.
With a Mexican inspired style, we can’t not mention how visually appealing this game is. With a new rendering engine, vibrant colours and cultural themes the game just pops on screen with never a dull moment to be had. Let’s also not forget to mention the soundtrack, it’s crazy good. When a soundtrack is good, it helps the gameplay along; but when its great, it makes every second all that more memorable.
Guacamelee! 2 is easily a must-play game. Even if action-platformers are not your style, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Who knows, you might just like it. Fans of the original should find a lot to love here as the game features a few old faces but more importantly a new roster of enemies and bosses. Let’s hope DrinkBox have another entry in them because I could play these all day long.