Sony PS Vita (PS3)
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 4.0 stars
I rarely find Mexican humor to be laughable, which makes watching TV channels like Telemundo quite painful. Even the movies "Nacho Libre" and "Casa de me Padre" made me groan more than smile. However, the hilarious video game titled "Guacamelee!" piles on extra cheese for a tasty result.
In a world where phrases like "in a world ..." are still taken seriously, an average Jose named Juan performs menial tasks for a living. His life is turned upside down when El Presidente's daughter is kidnapped, and Juan is killed trying to save her. Fortunately, Juan is raised from the dead and transformed into a mighty Luchadore, complete with a magical mask and ultra-broad shoulders!
Although Juan is limited to jumping and one type of punching attack at the beginning of this action platformer, he soon learns a fiesta of spicy new moves. Eventually, he can pull off powerful attacks like the pile driver, rooster uppercut and suplex as well as the ability to toss enemies into each other. This makes it extremely fun to build up powerful combos and smash through enemies.
I also like how new platforming moves, like running on walls, are required to traverse certain areas. As a result, it's tempting to return to previous areas to explore them for worthwhile rewards. My favorite platforming move, simply because it's so silly, has to be transforming into a non-threatening chicken to strut through tunnels.
Also cool is the ability to travel between the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead. At first this can only be achieved by using special portals, but eventually players can do it at will. Not only is it visually compelling to travel between worlds, but some areas later in the game make it a requirement.
"Guacamelee!" may be ridiculous, but how can you not love a game filled with luchadores, sugar skulls, drunken enemies and chickens?