This past Friday night will go down as a memorable moment for us at DrinkBox Studios as Guacamelee! won awards for Best Indie Game and Best Downloadable Game at the 5th annual Canadian Videogame Awards!
The Carlu is swanky!
Guacamelee was up against a bunch of awesome Canadian-made games. We knew we had a good chance to win something but wouldn’t have been shocked if someone else’s name was called for any category we were nominated.
Graham saying thank-yous after Guacamelee! won Best Downloadable Game of 2013
The wins were extra special since the ceremony was held in our hometown of Toronto for the first time ever, meaning we were able to celebrate with our local game developer peers as well as our own friends and loved ones.
Accepting the Best Indie Game of 2013 award!
Chris and Graham posing with the hardware
Graham: “Why cant I hold all these… no wait, I got it.”
It’s been over a year since our last fan-art-dedicated blog post. All art is linked to their original creators, so click on something if you like it and check out more of that artist’s work. Thanks to everyone who shared!
Hooray! We’ve launched Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition on Steam. Grab it now for 10% off, or if you already own Gold Edition, 66% off. There are also new badges, steam cards, emoticons, and backgrounds to collect/trade/sell in the Steam Marketplace. We built this city on guac and roll, indeed.
We’ve opened up the Steam Workshop, so users can once again share their unique luchador creations for others to enjoy.
One skin in particular provides a unique challenge. You see, we get a surprising amount of users telling us that Guacamelee is not difficult enough. For those users, we suggest playing the game as a completely invisible luchador.
This is it! Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is coming out on Steam on August 21st!
If you already own Guacamelee! Gold Edition, you’ll receive a 66% loyalty discount. That works out to just under 5$ for 2 new levels, a buttload of new enemies, and the new Intenso ability… plus a whole lot more visual upgrades, jokes, and EGG BOMBS.
See you Thursday!
Intenso + the Alebrije skin lets you 2-hit Giant Skeletons
If you retweet any part of the Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition logo we tweeted yesterday, you have a chance to win the game for free on the console of your choice (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, or Wii U). We’ll be giving away 2 codes per logo piece; RT as many logo pieces as you like for more chances to win! We’ll be DM’ing the codes, so you can give it to a friend if you like.
Here’s a sneak peek at the new Intenso power in Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition.
First, take a look at the .swf that plays after you bust up yet another of Uachivo’s Choozo statues to unlock the Intenso power:
We had to abandon the rapidly flashing .swf style before releasing Guacamelee in Japan because the Japanese are much more strict about rapidly flashing lights than we North Americans are. We liked the style and applied it to all the .swfs when you unlock a new power.
Activating the Intenso ability summons a bolt of lightning that strikes Juan and Tostada, setting their bodies on fire, allowing them to move faster, and hit enemies harder. You’ll also unleash a soccer-announcer-style Intenso yell.
Normally you’d have to wail on these dudes for a good ten seconds before they’d go down.
Can you use Intenso whenever you want? No! We make you work for it. You can only trigger Intenso once you get your Intenso meter (that meter below the yellow stamina squares in the HUD) above a certain threshold. You increase your meter by running up your combo count, or by destroying bright barrels scattered about the Guacamelee world. Once activated, your meter will drain, but not if you keep attacking enemies. It’s kind of like that movie Crank.
When you break chests that look like the one below, your meter will get bigger, giving you more Intenso time.
Like stamina and health chests, you’ll need to find 3 before you see any changes to your stats.
You’ll also be able to buy upgrades to Intenso. With Shield Breaker, for example, you can perform any supermove and it will break any coloured shield barrier surrounding any enemy, even for bosses. Checkmate Javier.
We’ll share more news with you about Guacamelee! Super Turbo Champion Edition and reveal some more stuff we’ve crammed in.
PS: You can use Intenso while you’re a chicken too.
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is out on PS4 July 1! Wii U, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 on July 2!
First, I’m going to need you to remove your Power Hats so I can have your complete attention. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is launching for PS4 July 1st, Xbox One + Xbox 360 + Wii U July 2nd at an SRP of $14.99 for North America and £11.99 / €13.99 for Europe.
For those not in the know, we released the original Guacamelee last April for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. As it turns out, a lot of you enjoyed playing as luchadors Juan and Tostada, punching skeletons and platforming through a magical Mexican-inspired world to save El Presidente’s Daughter from Carlos Calaca and his gang of minions.
Just to remind you, here’s a list of some new features for Guac STCE:
more words to the title
an extra save slot
creepy hanging dolls
two extra levels
some new tunes
another save slot
a new dimension-switching ability called ‘Shadow Swap’
Two years ago, we released Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack for the PlayStation Vita to great critical and fan acclaim. Last year, we did nothing Blob-related and shipped some wrestling game. This year, we’ve been working on ways to make the experience bigger and better for customers who want Mutant Blobs Attack in the living-room. Soon, we’ll be adding you to our design process, so that you can help us shape the future of how Mutant Blobs do their Attacking.
A powerful new category of actual reality headheld controllers is on the horizon for the previous generation of next-gen platforms.
The Power Hat prototype, developed under the codename ‘Project DrinkBoculus‘, is a DualShock 3 controller lashed to the top of a bike helmet with little bungee cords. Today, we are happy to announce the Power Hat offers full compatibility with 18% of Mutant Blobs Attack and 100% partial compatibility. (We’re still working on a Power Hat for the 360, but we’re unable to get the motion sensor in the 360 controller to work for some reason.)
We have also created a prototype commercial for our prototype, filmed under the codename: Project DrinkBoculus Commercial.
There is no hat that fits all heads. We want you to make a headheld controller that fits your skull, so we need you to make it yourself. Join our Power Hat hardware beta and help us shape a new generation of Mutant Blobs Attack players.
Here’s how to participate:
1. Get a DualShock 3 controller
2. Find a way to stick it onto your head.
3. Tweet us your results @DrinkBoxStudios #powerhat
Winner will receive a prize of 10 MBA codes to giveaway to their friends and enemies.
We love the Power Hat, it’s so good. We hope you love it too.
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is $7.99 on PS3/Vita/Xbox 360. Already own the game on the Vita? You can get the PS3 version for $3.99. Also, check out the Delicious Bundle on PSN if you wanna snag the soundtrack and graphical themes for $11.49. The soundtrack was done by Peter Chapman who also worked with us on Guacamelee! All prices are discounted 10% for PS+ subs for one week.
You can’t spell Guacamelee without three Es. You’ll need a few more to spell Super Turbo Championship Edition. Incidentally, Chris McQuinn and Augusto Quijano from DrinkBox will be showing off the Guacamelee! Super Edition demo in two ways:
1. If you’re at E3, come say hi to us and try out the STCE demo on one of our two Xbox One stations.
We often look through Guacamelee! Gold Edition’s Steam Workshop to see if anything new has popped up. One user, Mujizik, has been blowing us away with his skins drawn from pop culture, and the custom animations made for each one.
Not only does Mujizik do a fantastic job recreating the likenesses of the characters, the animations are altered to actually mimic what the characters actually do in their own setting, be it a video game or cartoon.
Bayonetta sprouts butterfly wings when doing a Goat Fly or Double Jump. Lara Croft uses her climbing axe when doing a Rooster Uppercut. Punisher uses an assortment of guns. He-Hombre uses his sword.
What really made our mouths drop was the Cormano skin uploaded yesterday. Inspired by the classic Sunset Riders video game for the SNES, the Cormano skin copies the dodge animation and gun particle effects from the original game. Also Cormano mounts his horse whenever he performs a Dashing DerpDerp.
So dust off Guacamelee! Gold Edition from your Steam Library and try out these skins!