Review: Guacamelee!

Developer: Drinkbox Studios | Year: 2013 | List Price: $14.99 | Buy from Amazon

Guacamelee-Logo-2There are games that are hard, and then there are games that make me question whether I’ll ever be able to finish them. Guacamelee belongs to the latter category. Thinking I should get the Platinum, I first started Guacamelee on Hard difficulty, and finally gave up after 4 hours of constantly dying. Restarting the game on Normal made the game more accessible to me, but even then I still had a hard second half. That’s the beauty of Guacamelee. Unlike many modern games, it’s not too worried whether the player finishes the game or not. Of course, most people do, and that’s a testament to the game’s quality. Guacamelee is a Metroidvania-style platformer with brawler elements. Add to that heaps of Mexican-inspired setting and witty, humourous dialogue, and you’ve got yourself one of the better game formulas in recent memory.
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Review: Shovel Knight

Developer: Yacht Club Games | Year: 2014 | List Price: $14.99 | Buy from Steam

Shovel KnightI first heard about this game earlier this year and thought nothing of it. But Shovel Knight has received so much hype since its release that despite the fact that I reject platformers by principle, I simply had to buy it. Touted by some as the best modern retro style game, and by others more as the best 2D platformer, I wondered what the kerfuffle was all about. Now, having completed the entire adventure front to back, I have to say that I was not in the least bit disappointed.
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