Juan Aguacate is a man on a mission. Once he was a humble, down-on-his-luck farmer; in Guacamelee! he is a barrel-chested hero, a wearer of striking tattoos, shiny masks and impossibly tight trousers, following in the footsteps of the legendary lucha libre Mexican wrestlers.
El Presidente’s daughter – the most beautiful woman Juan ever laid eyes upon – has been kidnapped by Carlos Calaca, a glory-hungry fighter who made a pact with the devil. That Satan now finds himself trapped in the body of an annoyed rooster gives you some idea of the villain you must track down, as well as the sense of humour running through this adventure.
So as you bound through Mexicana themed villages decked with flowers and piñatas, kicking flapping chickens out of the way as you go, you’ll come across washed up wrestlers, giant enchiladas and furious, attention-seeking witches. Offsetting the more familiar Mexican imagery is a laid-back, electronic soundtrack with just a subtle hint of mariachi music. Check out guacamelee.com for news of how to buy the score.
Initially Guacamelee! seems a bright, fizzing PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 platformer. Within just a few minutes, however, you’ll find intelligent gameplay design and a cheekiness that makes Guacamelee! impossible to put down for long. And lots and lots of irritated poultry.