I’ll be honest and admit that I didn’t get into Guacamelee! until well after its initial release. But once I did, I couldn’t get enough of it’s Metroidvania inspired chicken and luchador goodness. Now it’s back with even more poultry platforming in Guacamelee! 2, which will put your jumping and fighting skills to test as both hombre and pollo for some of the most fun you’ll have with a game.
Taking place a few years after the events from the original game, our hero Juan Aguacate has hung up his lucha mask and is taking it easy with his wife and kids. Of course that doesn’t last for long as before you can say “chicken”, there’s a new threat to the Mexiverse rearing its ugly head, and Juan is forced to don his magic luchador mask and take on evil once again. As with the first game, you’ll need both brains and brawn to overcome enemies and crazy platforming perils by using combinations of double-jumps, uppercuts and dash attacks to take out baddies and get Juan to far off ledges and walls.
Also as in the original, there’s plenty of zany humor to take in as you make your way through this adventure. From grumpy cat references to random npc’s poking fun at players’ gripes with the first game, chances are you’ll always come across something that’ll make you chuckle or crack up laughing. One of the things that had me going is the return of Juan being able to transform into a chicken, except this time his chicken form has a bigger part to play here.
Coming off as some bonus side quests you can do, those who enjoy difficult platforming puzzles will find plenty to cluck about in these missions as now Juan can use abilities such as the Pollo Shot that allows him to smash through blocks and enemy shields, while the Pollo Slide is a nice dash attack that comes in handy. You’ll also find out that the Pollo Shot launches you at an angle which helps navigating tricky areas and tunnels a bit easier, but don’t get too relaxed as these missions are some of the toughest in the game.
If the platforming action gets a little too crazy, you can call in some help via local chicken coop….I meant co-op. You and three other friends can get together and bash some baddie heads and have fun traversing unforgiving but mostly fair platforming mayhem. The only downside to this is that it would’ve been a lot better to have online co-op as well, as I feel bad for those trying to gather four people in front of a computer monitor for the Steam/PC version.
If you loved the zany humor and pollo-riffic platforming of the first game, you’ll want to lace up your luchador tights and boots, throw on your lucha mask and jump into the ring with Guacamelee! 2. While it would’ve been nice to have some online co-op, everything here has been improved on from the original, including 300% more chicken power you’ll want to cluck with in this adventure.