It is developed by Drinkbox Studios, a little development outfit from Canada who made a little game called Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack.
Based on the fact they have a pretty decent track record with that game, and this game itself was getting a decent amount of buzz, and especially because I was looking for something new to play on my Vita, I decided to pick it up.
- It is $14.99, $11.99 for + subscribers.
- The first great thing about the game is it supports Cross-Play, so purchase it once and you get it for both the PS3 and Vita.
- Apparently it supports Cross-Save, although I have yet to check that out to see how well it works.
- It also has drop-in/drop-out CoOp Play on the PS3 version (supports the Vita as well), which is supposed to be a lot of fun.
- It has an awesome visual style IMHO.
Write Up From Official Website
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.
The game features a down on his luck Mexican named Juan Aguacate, who sets out to save the world when El Presidente’s Daughter is kidnapped by an Evil Charro Skeleton. The story takes place in and around a small village in Mexico, and has the player travelling through alternate dimensions: “The World of the Living” and “The World of the Dead” on his quest to rescue the girl he loves.
I have to say, the game is pretty damn awesome so far. I am playing it on the Vita right now, and it looks gorgeous. The visuals really do look outstanding on the Vita itself.
The amount of references and the homage it pays to other games and internet memes is also brilliant.
There are so many, Kotaku actually did a full article on just that aspect of things.
The Many Memes, References and Homages of Guacamelee!
Initial reviews are overall very positive, averaging a 85% on Metacritic.
I personally love platformers, so I was going to pick it up regardless, but I have to say I am truly liking it more than I thought I was going to. I only planned on quickly checking it out last night, and I wound up playing it for over 2 hours and went to bed way later then I normally do.
Definitely recommend it to Vita owners, and also recommend it to anyone who likes platformers looking for something a bit different.