I have to say, I’ve got a lot of respect for the Mayan god Chac. He’s the god of rain, y’see. He’s got an axe made of lightning. He beats up the Sun and Moon. Chac is a badass. Here’s Mayan Death Robots, a game where you get to play as a robotic version of Chac, possibly the only thing cooler than the god himself. Sold? You should be.
Mayan Death Robots feels a lot like Scorched Earth or Gunbound. You’ve got a campaign mode or a local coop option. In either, both players, controlling the titular robots, take simultaneous turns blasting away at each other’s power cores (or “hearts”) with a selection of weapons. It’s also possible to jump around to re-position your robot or construct more terrain to keep your own core safe. Blasting an opponent’s robot doesn’t accomplish much as they’re rapidly thrown back into the game, so you need to focus on getting at their heart to win. Periodic powerups will also change the way players’ weapons act.
You’ll also need to use the worshipers on both sides of the screen to your advantage. If a worshiper is on your side of the screen, it’s “yours” and will protect you from incursions by the other player’s robot. As your worshipers are killed, the other player’s weapons become more powerful. It’s worth your time to keep these guys safe if you aren’t otherwise occupied.
What’s more, every so often a boss will appear, like a giant serpent popping up and taking command of the whole stage. Both players to work together to take the boss out, with the “winner” in terms of murderousness gaining a boost for the rest of the battle. You can’t attack each other’s cores at all when this happens, so you actually do need to stop bickering and cooperate!
This is one of the more immediately appealing games I’ve checked out in awhile. The Mayan style overflows from the visuals, with the sci-fi touches adding a laugh here and there. The real star of this game is the music, though, which is comically over the top at all times. In particular, the boss battle music is fantastic and makes everything seem even more ridiculous.
If you’ve got a pal around for local multiplayer, then Mayan Death Robots is an insta-buy. It’s so over the top and hilarious that you’re bound to have a good time, particularly when *ahem* adult beverages get involved. Even in single-player mode the game’s crazy enough to remain fun, but multiplayer is where it’s at. It’s easy to recommend this one for $15, so go ahead and take a look; CHAC, GOD OF RAIN, COMMANDS IT.