Pixelitis Review: Guacamelee!

"Outside of obscure fighting game characters, Mexican professional wrestlers aren’t seen in videogames often. El Fuerte from the relatively recent Street Fighter IV tops the list along with King from Tekken as gaming’s most prominent luchadors, but DrinkBox Studios has set out to change gaming’s distinct lack of luchadors with their PlayStation 3 and Vita cross-by title, Guacamelee!

Despite obvious inspiration drawn from early Metroid and Castlevania games, it would be a mistake to assume Guacamelee! is merely a gorgeous Metroidvania clone. Sure, you’ll spend most of the game acquiring new techniques, like wall jumps and block-destroying body slams, to fully explore large labyrinths, but Guacamelee! has much more going for it than that. In fact, what Guacamelee! does best is take these Metroidvania concepts and wrap them in an original lucha libre coat of paint while still maintaining an identity of its own."

- Lowell Bell

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