- Costumes open up new ways to play
- New Trophies
- Costs just £1.25
- A giant chicken suit, what isn’t to like?
- No new levels or challenges
- No real reason to buy if you’ve finished the game
It’s been a couple of months since the launch of Guacamelee!, and since Juan’s tale of grapples, skeletons and giant, talking chickens came to an end, we’ve all been waiting for the first batch of DLC. Well it’s finally here, and it’s a costume pack, rather inventively entitled Costume Pack 1. It does exactly what it says on the tin and offers a bunch of new guises for the main man, but in reality each outfit affects more than the cosmetics.
Let’s start with the most ridiculous outfit; the Pollo Luchador. It sees Juan dress up in a giant chicken suit, and rather than transforming into a chicken as you do while in normal form, you instead potter around as a small egg. While in feathered form, your health slowly regenerates, but your stamina recovers at a severely staggered rate.
Juan’s other outfit isn’t quite so out there, instead seeing him don the exterior of a Skeleton. A rather meaty skeleton, but a skeleton nonetheless. Fans of spamming special moves will feel right at home with this one; there’s an infinite amount of stamina on offer. However, it comes at the cost of red orbs restoring no health at all, so the only way you’ll be able to heal is via the numerous shrines littered across the maps.
The other new “skin” is Identity Swap, allowing you to switch your gender to one of our hero’s female counterparts. Tostada was previously reserved for the PS3 version of Guacamelee! but the Vita edition sees her introduced for the first time. The distressing damsel has been given a new skin in the form of Juanita, who has identical abilities but without all the bandages and shades of blue. Both Tostada and Juanita boast the ability to launch lightning-speed assaults on enemies, but are best used up close and have all the throwing ability of a slug stuck under a ten-tonne boulder.
While the skins all add new ways to play, it’s disappointing to see a lack of any new content. There are six new Trophies that see you re-hunting down talking chickens and tackling the final column of the notorious La Caverna del Pollo dressed as a Skeleton (which by the way, is actually pretty tough going), but beyond that there’s nothing new beyond the revelation that Juan has a discount at Hernando’s. All the Trophies encourage you to do is stomp over old ground, a few costume-specific challenges would’ve been nice even it meant paying a little bit more.
At £1.25, there isn’t much to complain about with Costume Pack 1. It provides some alternate ways to play, but it’s probably better suited to those who have yet to beat the game rather than those who have. They open up alternate ways to approach combat, but equally don’t possess enough incentive to return for those who’ve already finished Hard mode. With a few added challenges it would’ve been a must-have pack, but as it stands it’s a nice addition but one that is by no means essential.