Also available on PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Linux, OSX, and Windows
Guacamelee is an indie side scrolling beat 'em up in the Metroidvania style themed around the Mexican celebration of el Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). I got it, if I remember correctly, from a Humble Bundle a couple years ago with a bunch of Wii U and 3DS games.
You play as Juan, an agave farmer, preparing for the Dia de los Muertos festival when an undead charro named Carlos Calaca attacks the president's mansion in an attempt to kidnap his daughter for use in an evil ritual. While trying to save the president's daughter, Juan is killed by Calaca until a magical luchador mask resurrects Juan with the legendary power of a Mexican wrestler. You then dedicate yourself to following Calaca, taking out his minions, and hopefully stopping his evil plans and saving the president's daughter. Whether or not you're successful in that last part depends on your play throughout the game as there are multiple endings to the game.
There are a fair variety of different dungeons and environments in Guacamelee, and there are abilities that are unlocked throughout the game that will allow you to access previously restricted areas. This not only gives the game some more variety but also gives some reason to go back to previously cleared areas to try to access new secrets with powerups and money that can be used to unlock improvements and new costumes. Each costume has its own abilities and detriments, so it's totally worth it to try to farm silver and experiment with the different costumes.
Guacamelee isn't a stunningly revolutionary game, and its theme revolving around a Mexican festival is probably its most unique feature. Despite that, however, the game is a TON of fun with some interesting dungeons and some engaging boss battles. If you find it on sale and are a fan of beat 'em ups, definitely give it a download. It should be getting a release on Switch soon, as well, so if that's your platform of choice, you'll soon be in luck.
My Rating - 4 Neps
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