Say hello to our new game, Nobody Saves The World!

By Graham Smith March 26th, 2021, under News

Hi friends!

We’re excited to announce our brand new game Nobody Saves The World, an Action RPG in which you play many different character Forms, each with their own gameplay mechanics. If you want to have some form of leisure on your breaks, you will have an awesome time playing on W88.

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COMING SOON to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC and Game Pass on console + PC.

Watch the trailer:

Here’s what people are saying about the game so far:

  • “Blending the humor of the studio’s past games with the developers’ penchant for upending classic genre ideas, the opening missions of Nobody I played hint at a fascinating, funny, and fulfilling RPG adventure.” Jonathon Dornbush, IGN
  • “It’s pacy and fluid, slick, but light. It’s great, and a good example of what this studio’s all about. A layer of loveable goof, at ground level, that soon gives way to a much deeper well of combat, and systems, and a quiet mastery of genre.” Chris Tapsell, Eurogamer
  • “One dungeon I explored was a crashed UFO site, whose stranded occupants needed me to sweep the area of monsters and get the power back on, for example. It’s a DrinkBox production, after all, where you can almost see the developers’ whiteboard with a zillion ideas written on it.” Owen S. Good, Polygon

Wishlist us on Steam and be notified when the game launches. Every wishlist we get helps our visibility when we launch, so we really appreciate it if you’re able to take the time to do so!

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You can also join our Discord and be the first to hear about Nobody Saves the World news and updates!

Early (failed) Navigation Tests

By matthewj June 23rd, 2020, under News
Hola procrastinators,
This is Augusto (a.k.a. Cuxo), the Concept Lead at DrinkBox, and today I’m going to show you some of the initial tests I did for the navigation of Severed.
This dates back to around August 2013, when we were first figuring out ideas and doing test like the ones that I’m gonna show you. Severed was not a project yet, but an idea.
I first thought of Severed as a first person 2D game. I remembered playing a game called “Shining in the Dark” the precursor of the Shining Force series (of which I’m a huge fan), and they used a very peculiar system for the town area.
Basically the player was at the axis of this looping scroll. I thought this would be a cool way to fake 3D.

It was cheap, easy and looked very different from other games!

I had done some initial concept art,

And  I mocked up the “node” in flash. And did some quick tests:

It was a crude attempt as you can see. But the idea seemed to work!!!
Except it totally didn’t. (for a number of reasons for another post)
At least the idea was tested quickly and we became aware of all the actual problems that we could encounter.
It was time for a different approach…

Severed Charity Sale

By Graham Smith April 13th, 2020, under News

For a limited time, Severed is 80% OFF on iPhone/iPad. We will also be donating 100% of iOS sales to St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation and Canadian Red Cross aiding in their COVID-19 relief efforts:

We know it’s scary out there right now wanted to send lots of love and positive vibes to anyone who is affected by COVID-19 as well as anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by it all. Let’s support and be kind to each other as best we can, and get through this together 💚💪

DrinkBox Studios 2019 Year in Review

By Graham Smith December 19th, 2019, under News

Happy holidays! 2019 was an eventful year for us, and we wanted to take some time to reflect on our past year and share some highlights. 

We brought a lot of our games to new platforms this year including:

  • Mutant Blobs Attack to the Nintendo Switch
  • A physical edition of Guacamelee! 1+2 Punch for Nintendo Switch and PS4 (with @LeadmanGames)
  • Physical editions of both Guacamelee! and Mutant Blobs Attack for PS Vita (with @LimitedRunGames)

This year we travelled to a few places including the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and Spain, where Cuxo did a concept art workshop with Nintendo for their Day of the Dead festivities.

At Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 we watched @TheBlacktastic do an excellent Guacamelee! 2 speedrun which ground production in our office to a halt!

This year we welcomed back Steele to help us out on production on our new projects, as well as Gabby to the DrinkBox team.

Juan made an appearance as a playable character in Riverbond and will be a guest character in Indivisible. We’re super excited to see him in two of our favourite games and can’t wait to play!

It’s been a busy year for us! We’re still working away on our secret project and are excited to share more when we can.

Thanks for all your support in 2019. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday and can’t wait to share more with you in 2020.

— Your pals at Drinkbox

Happy Birthday, Guacamelee! 2!

By ianc August 21st, 2019, under News

Woah! It’s been a whole year since Guacamelee! 2 burst into the world kicking and screaming. To celebrate, we’ve made the game and all its DLC 60% off on Steam until Aug 26!

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Guacamelee! 2
DLC 1: Three Enemigos Character Pack
DLC 2: Proving Grounds (Challenge Level)

An even better celebration was the Mexiverse Fiesta recently hosted by MOTHER BASE and made possible by Leadman Games. What was the occasion? The release of the Guacamelee! One-Two Punch physical edition for Switch and PS4!

The festival was held at a luchador-themed bar in Mexico city, and is the source of the images you’re seeing in this post. Well… except that last one. But you probably knew that.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make Guacamelee! 2 a success! We’re incredibly honored and touched by the response the game has received, and we can’t thank everyone enough for playing and sharing it.

Adios for now!

P.S. Photo credits (in order): @pepe_op, @3DJuegosMX, @happymusarana, @LaComikeria, US!!, @memohiervas, @ResetMX

March Update

By ianc March 6th, 2019, under News
Four out of five people sitting in first class aren’t rich—they’re smart. Enter the world of travel hacking to score rewards flights and free first-class upgrades on most of your flights. It’s all possible. Here’s how to start.

A few years ago, I flew my family of four from Portland, Maine to San Antonio, Texas for a family wedding—for free.

Had I paid for the airfare, the cost would have rung up at over $2,000.

Also awesome: I’ve gotten free first-class upgrades on about six out of the last 10 flights I’ve taken, even though I usually buy the cheapest ticket available.

Relative to consultants and sales reps who are on the road every week, I’m not a frequent traveler. I might fly four or five times a year to conferences for work.

But I still leverage travel points to get free trips and an upgraded travel experience.

If you’re not collecting travel points, this is why you should start.

This post will give you an introduction to travel hacking. We’ll start with basic things anyone can (and should) do to save money on flights. Then we’ll progress to the ways I racked up close to a million Delta SkyMiles while still in my 20s.

How to start travel hacking (Level 1): Get the best deal on every flight

Most of you aren’t living under a rock, so I don’t need to tell you that you should start your search for a flight with a site like Kayak that searches multiple travel sites for the best fares, or even Expedia or TripAdvisor. Skyscanner or Momondo are good for foreign routes.

Be as flexible as possible: If you search for alternate airports and dates to avoid peak business travel times, you can save hundreds of dollars. Priceline is still the best way to score unpublished fares and hotel rooms if you can be as flexible as possible, check out these New York jet charters.

But here are some things you might not know:

If you’re traveling on an international airline, go to the airline’s foreign website to see if the airfare is cheaper in another currency

For example, search instead of You’ll have to do some conversions, and also consider whether your credit card will charge you a foreign transaction fee. (Here are some travel cards that don’t.)

Check your destination airport to see all the airlines that fly there.

There may be some smaller airlines that cost less but don’t show up in the aggregator sites. For example, if you’re flying from New York to Continental Europe, it may cost less to fly to London and then switch to a low-fare airline to hop from London to your destination city. (But you may have to book the tickets separately.)

Call a travel agent that specializes in your destination.

Once I traveled to Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. We used a Croatian travel agency in New York that arranged a multi-stop air itinerary on different airlines that came to about $1,500 per person, which was half what we were finding on our own. Travel agents may not always be less expensive, but they’re worth a shot.

How to start travel hacking (Level 2): Collect and use frequent flyer miles

This is where it gets fun.

By travel hacker standards, my system is simple: Years ago I picked an airline (Delta) that I liked to fly and that offered a good amount of routes from my city. I became loyal, choosing to fly Delta whenever possible, even if the ticket was ~$50 more than a competitor.

At the same time, I got Delta’s affinity credit card—the Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express. Right off the bat, signing up got me bonus miles worth almost enough for a free flight, and the card comes with other perks, like free checked bags and double miles on the airfare I book.

Many of these travel rewards credit cards come with free points to get you started.

Now, for someone who can’t commit to airline loyalty, airline credit cards aren’t the best deal. Generic travel rewards credit cards offer more rewards per dollar spent, and the airline cards have annual fees and higher-than-average interest rates, which is why you should never, ever use these cards if you can’t pay the balance in full each month.

What these cards are great for, however, is accelerating how many points you can earn each year. The Platinum version of Delta’s card, for example, gives you a 10,000-mile bonus when you hit a certain spending threshold.

Guacamelee! 2 Post Launch Roundup

By chrism September 5th, 2018, under News

Hey everyone. This is a little round up of how things have gone since we released Guacamelee! 2 on Steam and PS4. If you have not had a chance to catch the Launch Trailer then today is your lucky day:


And continuing with more good news it turns out some other people enjoyed the game also. Check it out:


Guacamelee 2 feels exhilarating, like spelunking with a pogo stick. In this way it surpasses many of the classics it pays tribute to and demonstrates why it’s an altogether different animal.” -ETHAN GACH



Guacamelee 2’s clever humor, challenging platforming, and beautiful world make for a worthy followup.” -JONATHON DORNBUSH



Guacamelee 2 is one of the best executions of the Metroid formula. Juan’s adventure stands apart in a crowded genre” -KYLE HILLIARD

Game Informer,


The game never stops finding new ways to hook you in, to the point that even the most painstaking and intensive playthroughs feel like they just fly by.” -JUSTIN CLARK



If real-world wrestlers need to catch their breath between the splashiest of moves, Guacamelee! 2 will have you catching yours from its whirlwind sense of comic and gameplay invention.” -AARON RICCIO



Also, there were lots of other people who took the time to write about Guac, and we’re thankful for them all. And you. Especially you.

PaxEast 2018 Roundup

By chrism April 12th, 2018, under News

Howdy all. We just got back from PaxEast 2018 and had a great booth in the IndieMegaBooth, AND a great time meeting lots of DrinkBox fans. Why is PaxEast only 4 days? Let’s make it the entire week!

Nobody sneeze…

The Guac2 booth!

Nerd Patrol



Also, some people were kind enough to drop by for a visit and write their thoughts about Guacamelee! 2:


Destructoid Drinkbox Studio’s Guacamelee 2 brings back that lucha machismo

AppTrigger Guacamelee 2: Winner winner chicken dinner | PAX East 2018 preview

GamingNews Guacamelee! 2 Interview — DrinkBox Studios Co-Founder on Juan’s Next Luchador Adventure

The Young Folks PAX EAST 2018 INDIE MEGABOOTH: Guacamelee! 2 Interview with Drinkbox’s Graham Smith

Dual Shockers Guacamelee! 2 Interview — DrinkBox Studios Co-Founder on Juan’s Next Luchador Adventure

Thanks! And if you haven’t followed us on Twitter, be sure to do so @DrinkBoxStudios

This is how YOU can play Guacamelee! 2

By chrism March 14th, 2018, under News

Looking to get your hands on Guacamelee! 2 demo? Well let me tell you HOW below. A few options are described below:

GDC 2018 (San Francisco)

Come see us at the Indie Mega Booth GDC 2018. Moscone West Hall 3rd Floor during the day Wednesday to Friday

Don’t have a pass to GDC, no problem! Come see us at The MIX on March 19th, 7PM to WHO KNOWS. 981 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

And apparently we’re at the Sony Booth Wed-Fri of GDC? Who knew? (OK, we knew) GDC Expo floor at Space 601 in the South Hall

But you know what, we love ALL the coasts, so catch us over on the east coast…

PAX East 2018 (Boston)

Can you handle the gauntlet of PAX East? Well we probably can’t. Never the less, come to our booth from April 5th to April 8th 2018 at the Indie Mega Booth!

Adieu to George

By chrism October 3rd, 2017, under News

Our dear friend George will be leaving the studio for brighter pastures (or to the “farm” in the country. In addition to excellent design work, George also was a Photoshop genius, a PhD in twitter, and cool guy. So – let’s celebrate by looking back on some of his best work, take it away George:


Severed / Last of Us 2 Crossover:

Neil Druckmann had just finished playing through Severed with his daughter and tweeted us to tell us about it. This was about the time that the trailer for Last of Us 2 came up, and this was one of the scenes in it. The severed hand laying there just screamed photoshop-time.

The tweet:
Severed complete! Thanks, @DrinkBoxStudios for one insane ride. My daughter and I loved it. Highly recommended


Shitty Spiderface paint drawing

This was actually by one of our programmers for a Severed Fan Art contest. It took an entire afternoon, and has since appeared on a shirt in the office. Considered to be the Mona Lisa of our time.


Alternate Universe Spiderface

This one was created in Google Drawings while an unnamed designer was supposed to be doing enemy design work. An imagined alternative plot where you’re actually playing as the 100th iteration of Sasha. Sasha refuses to believe her family is gone, and that she can fight to win them back, but denial is the most predictable of all human responses. Rest assured, this will be the 100th time the spiderface demons have destroyed her, and they have become exceedingly efficient at it.

Yeah this concept was struck down.


Flameface Fidget

This is Drinkbox Studios staying current and cool during the great fidget spinner craze of 2017. *dabs*


Graham in VR

This came about after Graham – one of our studio heads, tried to argue with me (with a straight face) that we’re at least more than a year away from all sitting in dark rooms with future suits on and headsets strapped to our faces. I tried to stay positive, looking towards the future, and imagining what Graham would look like if he would only just believe.


Thanks George!