Guacamelee announced; Metroidvania with Mexican wrestling

DrinkBox Studios announces Guacamelee for the PlayStation Network, a 2D Metroid-vania style brawler starring a Mexican wrestler.


Toronto-based indie developer DrinkBox Studios has just revealed it's next game, a 2D brawler-platformer starring a Mexican wrestler and featuring Metroid-vania style open world design. The game is called Guacamelee, and in it, players will take on the role of Juan Aguacate as he uses all manner of punches and kicks to save El Presidente's daughter (and the world) from the clutches of an Evil Charro Skeleton.

Drawing inspiration from Mexican culture and folklore, Guacamelee is set near a small village, but Aguacate will need to perform a grim fist-fandango across "The World of the Dead" and "The World of Nightmares" in order to save the day.

While the top-line description may make the game sound like simply another action-platformer, the open-world nature of the game and its implementation of brawling mechanics that are also used to explore seem like they could be a great fit.

"We're looking to build upon the classic open-world, Metroid-vania style of games by adding a strong melee combat component, a new dimension switching mechanic, and co-operative same-screen multiplayer for the entire story," said DrinkBox COO Graham Smith on the game's official blog (via PSN Stores). "We are also attempting to blur the boundaries between combat and platforming by making many of the moves you perform useful for both of these."

Platforms and a release date for Guacamelee have yet to be revealed, but given that DrinkBox's previous game Tales from Space: About a Blob is a PSN-exclusive and its follow-up, Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, is being developed for the PlayStation Vita, it's likely (but not confirmed) that Guacamelee will also be available via the PlayStation Network. You can check out the game's announcement trailer, below.

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    October 18, 2011 12:00 PM

    Jeff Mattas posted a new article, Guacamelee announced; Metroidvania with Mexican wrestling.

    DrinkBox Studios announces Guacamelee for the PlayStation Network, a 2D Metroid-vania style brawler starring a Mexican wrestler.

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      October 18, 2011 12:06 PM

      I will play this game, but more importantly, I will listen to the music in the trailer for the rest of the afternoon.

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      October 18, 2011 12:35 PM

      That looks fantastic!

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      October 18, 2011 12:36 PM

      This looks far too amusing. Anxiously awaiting a demo.

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      October 18, 2011 12:48 PM

      Finally sold on the PS3.

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      October 18, 2011 12:50 PM

      I think this might be the greatest name in videogames.

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        October 18, 2011 3:00 PM

        I personally like "AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity" better, but yeah, it's a nice fun zany name.

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      October 18, 2011 12:56 PM

      Shame about dem gross titties PSN

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        October 18, 2011 4:52 PM

        A friend and I were having this discussion the other day... which platform has better exclusvies? XBL or PSN?
        the only thing he could think of for swaying to XBL was Shadow Complex... but then again he was a bit drunk.
        I just think PSN has way more cool exclusives than XBL... all the pixel junk stuff, the guys from that game company, and the stardust dudes. plus wipeout, warhawk, deadnation, and all the ps1 stuff you can get and the zaney japanese stuff that goes on their from time to time

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          October 18, 2011 5:22 PM

          The correct answer is neither. Steam and/or some other PC digital distro

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            October 18, 2011 6:09 PM

            i fuckin' love indie games and i've been pretty sad about missing some great indie titles exclusive to consoles in the past so that's not right either.

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          October 18, 2011 5:50 PM

          It's gone back and forth, I think. For a while PSN had better (new) exclusives, now Xbox does. Like there was definitely a time in XBLA's lifespan where it was going through this transition period, and it had a really low size cap. Now it's still fairly low, but it doesn't seem to be hindering developers as much.

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            October 18, 2011 6:04 PM

            2 gigs isn't really low

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              October 18, 2011 6:14 PM

              I think 2 gigs is pretty low compared to no real limit (besides what you can pay for)

              though, who knows what sony's setup is, and at what point it stops being financially viable.

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            October 20, 2011 12:10 AM

            what is there on xbox that has put XBL ahead of PSN in terms of cool games? i wanna try these out one day

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      October 18, 2011 1:34 PM

      That looks delightful

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      October 18, 2011 2:32 PM

      I like. Would love to see it make it to PC sometime.

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      October 18, 2011 4:33 PM

      great sense of style

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      October 19, 2011 7:02 AM

      Looks great! I hope there is coop, but I might try it even if it is 1p only because it has a great art style and looks to have a nice sense of humour.

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