Juan's first Metroidvania adventure, Guacamelee!, remains one of our favourite modern examples of the genre, mixing addictive exploration, challenging platforming, satisfying combat, and a whacky sense of humour to great effect. Guacamelee! 2 is set to continue this trend. It recaptures the first game's compelling gameplay and irreverent tone, and we're excited to find out where Juan's new journey will take him. We do know that he'll be spending more time as a chicken.
Our brief demo was a two-player co-op affair, and it's the same level that you'll have seen covered during previous events. You start off playing as Juan in his normal form, beating up skeletal bad guys in ponchos as per usual, but you're quickly introduced to the sequel's more fleshed out chicken form. As a chicken, Juan can now fight, and with the new Chicken Shot ability, you can even break purple blocks, opening up new paths. The writing is just as silly as we remember from the original, and equally, the gameplay is sharp, easy to grasp, and satisfying to perform.
The living and dead worlds collide once more in Guacamelee! 2, and the two merged together for a tough platforming challenge ahead of the demo's final bout against the boss. It's good to see that the level design remains inventive and forces you to use Juan's abilities in interesting ways. The co-op works just as it does in the original, with drop-in for up to four players, and it's always fun tackling the combat and platforming sections with a buddy.
Visually the sequel is a nice upgrade from the first game, too. Initially, it seems that the games are identical, but there's more detail in the environments and better animations that really benefit the stylised presentation. We don't have a date yet for Guacamelee! 2, but it appears to be wonderfully polished already, which is an encouraging sign. We're confident the sequel will recapture all that's great about Guacamelee!, and we can't wait to see more.
Guacamelee! 2 is shaping up to be another great Metroidvania title, and we're excited to see where Drinkbox Studios takes us on Juan's latest adventure. Are you looking forward to Guacamelee! 2? Piledrive the comments below and let us know.