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Guacamelee: Gold Edition launches next week on Steam

Guacamelee: Gold Edition launches next week on Steam

First week sales include Mutant Blobs Attack, are 10 per cent off.

Beloved PSN "metroidvania" brawler Guacamelee is crossing over to Steam on 8th August in its enhanced Gold Edition.

This Steam port will be priced at £11.99 / €13.99 / $14.99, but during its first week on sale it will be 10 per cent off and come with a complementary copy of developer Drinkbox's excellent Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack.

This Gold Edition of Drinkbox's charming Mexican adventure features everything the Cross-Buy PSN version had, as well as the recently released "El Infierno" add-on which includes extra challenges and costumes.

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VideoWatch us play Guacamelee from 5pm BST

Come and avocado if you think you're hard enough.

Poor old Vita owners, stuck with their shiny machines without any games to play on them. Oh, what's that? There's one out this week? And it's one of dozens of curios and modern classics that's on the handheld? I should just shut up, download the new firmware and get arranging them all in neat little folders.

Guacamelee review

Guacamelee review

Super Mariachi.

From skeletal mariachi players to side-quests concerning enchilada construction, Guacamelee is a surprisingly lovable trawl through a nation's stereotypes. It's beautiful, because the possibilities suggested by Mexican art are beautiful - particularly when indie influences like Fez and Superbrothers are thrown in on top. It's satisfying, too, because the heft and snap of Mexican wrestling makes an ideal basis for the brawler that sits at the heart of this 2D metroidvania. The greatest source of inspiration Guacamalee finds in Mexican culture isn't the luchador mask its resurrected hero draws his power from, however, or even the grinning skulls that litter its battlefields. Instead, it's the humble piñata: the colourful sacrificial bobkin of a million summer birthday parties, built of papier maché, loaded with glittering surprises, and ready to spill forth riches once its flimsy body has been caved in.

It's the piñata that gives the game its ultimate pleasures, as you use your sun-baked fists to split open the paper ghouls and monsters you're up against before snagging the coins they've been holding. It's the piñata that serves as your reward for beating a combat arena: warping into view ready to be blown to pieces with a few valedictory punches. Most of all, it's the piñata that symbolises this light-hearted confection of throwaway violence and colourful feedback. Guacamalee is an afternoon's worth of sugary memories. Fire it up, knock it around a bit, and don't be surprised when you can't remember that much about the whole business afterwards.

The story is suitably forgettable stuff. Juan, the hero, is a newly murdered nice guy who is raised from the dead in the form of a super-powerful luchador when the woman he loves is kidnapped by spectral banditos. From there, you're into standard genre territory, spreading out across a map in all directions as you chase down bosses, stock up on powers, and unlock new areas that range from sprawling deserts and spooky forests to dusty mines and a flying temple. It's extremely traditional throughout, but therein lie its pleasures. If you like knocking down a series of different door types as you collect various bits of things, you won't be disappointed with Guacamelee's itinerary.

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Guacamelee! dated for April

Nacho average metroidvania.

Mutant Blobs Attack developer DrinkBox Studio's latest metroidvania adventure Guacamelee! has been dated for 10th April on PSN in Europe and the previous day in North America.

Guacamelee! announced for PS3, Vita

Guacamelee! announced for PS3, Vita

Stylish Tex-Mex platformer splices Metroid, lucha libre.

Lively indie platformer Guacamelee! is currently in the works for PlayStation 3 and Vita, developer Drinkbox has announced.

As detailed on the PlayStation Blog, it's a colourful side-scroller that follows down-on-his-luck agave farmer Juan Aguacate as sets out to rescue El Presidente's daughter after she's kidnapped by an evil Charro skeleton.

You'll be switching between two separate dimensions during your adventure - the world of the living, and the world of the dead.

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