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Platform PS3, PS Vita, Win, PS4, Xbox One, 360, Wii U Publisher DrinkBox Studios Developer DrinkBox Studios Release Date 2013-04-09

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Guacamelee review: back from hell

You begin Guacamelee as a poor Mexican farmer named Juan, whose boring life is interrupted when the woman he loves is kidnapped by a murderous skeleton named Carlos Calaca. Juan is killed in a botched rescue attempt but finds himself resurrected as a luchador in the realm of the dead. Journeying through the forests, deserts and temples of the surrounding countryside, Juan builds up an arsenal of mystical wrestling powers to take on the dastardly Calaca. Guacamelee smartly "gates" new areas behind obstacles that only new skills and abilities can overcome, and those new tricks are also added to Juan’s growing combat and platforming repertoire. The headbutt skill destroys yellow blocks but also can be used to send enemies ping-ponging across the screen. The uppercut destroys...

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Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition - Overview video

A lot has happened in the games industry since last April, so I couldn't really blame you for forgetting its charms, its refined Metroidvania structure, its accessible but rewarding combo systems. Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition takes that delightful package, bundles it with the game's hyper-punishing El Diablo's Domain DLC, then tosses a couple new areas, a new ability and a new boss in there for good measure. Essentially, we're talking about a seven-layer dip situation, now. In this Overview, Chris Plante and I chat about some of Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition's additions, and attempt to generate as many lame Tex-Mex-based puns as our psyches will allow. Plante also makes a startling confession that makes it a lot harder to remain friends with him.

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Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition gameplay video - Get Intenso!

Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition is a beefy package, pulling in DrinkBox Studios' original metroidvania platformer and its respective downloadable additions into one bundle. On top of that, it layers on two new areas, complete with a new, three-headed Mariachi boss, and a new "Intenso" mechanic, which temporarily turns your luchador into, essentially, the Hulk. For a glimpse of this mechanic and the new Canal of Flowers level, check out the gameplay video posted above.

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Guacamelee, BattleBlock Theater and more go free on Xbox Live Gold in July

Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to download three newly free games in July, including The Behemoth's BattleBlock Theater and the Xbox One debut of DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee, Microsoft announced today. Guacamelee (screenshot above), which was originally released on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in April 2013, will launch July 2 on Xbox One and Xbox 360 as Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition for $14.99. (That enhanced version of the platformer will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Wii U the same month.) Xbox One-owning Gold subscribers will be able to download the Super Turbo Championship edition for free as of July 2. Press Play's Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (regularly $14.99), which became available free under Games with Gold this month, will remain...

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Guacamelee hits PS4 July 1, Xbox and Wii U July 2

Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition will arrive on PlayStation 4 July 1 and on Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U July 2, developer DrinkBox Studios announced today. The expanded version of the platformer will include new content alongside the downloadable content from the original PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions. It will be available for $14.99 and ship with new areas, a new boss, new abilities and new enemies. Press play below to watch a teaser trailer for the multi-dimensional platformer. To learn more about the studio and Guacamelee, be sure to read our interview with DrinkBox's Graham Smith.

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Why the makers of Guacamelee decided to make a touch game about a one-armed woman

The game, which uses swipes with a finger on a screen in combat, has players on the hunt for body parts and the story of how this unnamed protagonist woke in a desert. It's a compelling story coming from the creators of Guacamelee. It's also the first game in Drinkbox's history that won't be a platformer. "We've been making platformers for six years and Guacamelee for three years," said Drinkbox co-founder Graham Smith. "We're going to try something new, something different." So Drinkbox opened the floor to pitches from everyone at the studio to see what they could come up with. "When we opened it up to the studio to pitch new ideas, this happened to be the one that people got most excited about," Smith said. "It wasn't a decision to make a touch game, it was, ‘This is a cool idea...

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Watch a long demo of Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition, direct from GDC

For example, Jimmy the Polygon Video Guy played through the game twice on two different Vitas — he lost both. But let's not mourn the woes of Jimmy; let's talk about the new version of the game, Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition. It includes the original game's downloadable content, plus new levels and bosses. Drinkbox co-founder Chris Harvey and designer Chris McQuinn join us to talk about the new features and the process of making a game they love even better. Finally, Jimmy the Polygon Video Guy will have a chance to play Guacamelee! — again!

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1001 Spikes, Guacamelee and CastleStorm among first wave of ID@Xbox indie games

At GDC today Microsoft unveiled more details about its first wave of independent Xbox One games, launching under the ID@Xbox umbrella. Originally announced last year, the scheme allows indies to publish games for Xbox One. "Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible so developers can focus on what matters most: creating the games you're beginning to see today," said games director Chris Charla. Firm release dates have not been announced, but among the games coming "soon" include the following, some of which have been released in some form or another on other platforms. Polygon will have a full report on today's ID@Xbox showcase later today. 1001 Spikes by Nicalis: Tough side-scroller offering 1001 lives to get through the game. Calibre 10 Racing Series by Bongfish:...

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Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition 'coming soon'

Drinkbox Studios will release a digital version of its acclaimed action platformer, Guacamelee, with additional content "soon" for PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U, the studio announced. Guacamelee, released last year for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, is the story of Juan — an agave farmer resurrected as a luchador. In December 2013, a leaked article suggested that the game would launch for PS4 and Xbox One will additional content. The Super Turbo Championship Edition will include the game's previously released downloadable content and add new bosses and levels. New areas will allow players to ride boats through the Canal of Flowers and avoid lava scaling the fiery Volcano. The content will feature The Trio of Death, a three-headed skeleton boss who lives in the...

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Humble Bundle 11 adds Fez, Beat Buddy, Starseed Pilgrim

The Humble Bundle 11 has added Fez, Beat Buddy and Starseed Pilgrim to its collection of acclaimed indie games available at a pay-what-you-want price. The Humble Bundle 11 launched Feb. 18. Anyone interested in adding those three titles will need to beat the bundle's average (currently around $4.58), while buyers who previously bought above the average will receive them automatically. In addition to the aforementioned titles, buyers will also get Antichamber, Dust: An Elysian Tale, Guacamelee! Gold Edition, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine and The Swapper. Games are available DRM-free for Linux, Mac and Windows PC — with the exception of Giana Sisters, which is currently only available for Windows PC. Buyers who pay more than $1 will also receive Steam keys....

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Monaco surpasses half a million sales, poor XBLA results

Pocketwatch Games' action-stealth game Moncao: What's Yours Is Mine surpassed 520,000 sales across four platforms, founder Andy Schatz announced, revealing that only 36,000 of that figure was from Xbox Live Arcade. "Sales update: We're well over half a million units of Monaco sold! (~520K), only includes about half the HIB [Humble Indie Bundle] sales since we are BTA," Scahtz tweeted, referring to the game's inclusion the latest Humble Indie Bundle. He later wrote that 36,000 sales were on Xbox 360 with the remaining figure spread across Windows PC, Mac and Linux. Monaco initially launched on Steam for Windows PC on April 24 with the Xbox Live Arcade version slated for a simultaneous release. The console version was delayed a day before its launch when a bug that disconnected...

Guacamelee Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2013-04-09
    • Publisher DrinkBox Studios
    • Developer DrinkBox Studios
  • PlayStation Vita
    • Released 2013-04-09
    • Publisher DrinkBox Studios
    • Developer DrinkBox Studios
  • Windows
    • Released 2013-08-08
    • Publisher DrinkBox Studios
    • Developer DrinkBox Studios
  • PlayStation 4
    • Released 2014-07-01
    • Publisher DrinkBox Studios
    • Developer DrinkBox Studios
    • Score 9.0
  • Xbox One
    • Released 2014-07-02
    • Publisher DrinkBox Studios
    • Developer DrinkBox Studios
    • Score 9.0
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2014-07-02
    • Publisher DrinkBox Studios
    • Developer DrinkBox Studios
    • Score 9.0
  • Wii U
    • Released 2014-07-02
    • Publisher DrinkBox Studios
    • Developer DrinkBox Studios
    • Score 9.0
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