Parents' Guide to

Guacamelee! 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tough but rewarding luchador adventure through dimensions.

Game PlayStation 4, Windows 2018
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As a hardcore action platformer, there's very little that this sequel does wrong. Guacamelee! 2 gives us a wealth of finely tuned combat options and special abilities that must be wisely used in a variety of challenging and sometimes ingenious scenarios. Some of these are scenes where various dimensions scroll across the screen, altering the type and lethality of foes and hazards in the environment. New types of challenges and abilities pop up so frequently that there's little time to grow bored. And it has style to spare, thanks to its colorful Mexican luchador theme, as well as a heaping helping of pop culture references to everything from indie darling game Limbo to cult hit TV show Community. For the right player -- that is, someone who relishes a challenge, enjoys spending hours mastering unusual game mechanics, and likes to have a good giggle along the way -- it's an utter joy from start to finish.

For others, though, it could prove more frustrating than fun. Guacamelee! 2 does a good job teaching players the ins and outs of various skills, but eventually you'll have to use them with expert timing and in rapid succession in exceedingly harder situations. Some scenarios and bosses will probably take dozens of attempts before you successfully beat them. And you can also expect to do lots of backtracking through completed areas as you return to obstacles you couldn't move through because you lacked the proper ability or technique. It can get repetitive. But that's exactly the sort of game that the developers wanted to create. And for players of a similar mindset, Guacamelee! 2 could prove one of the most satisfying such games they've played in a long time.

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