#JamForLeelah, a Trans-Positive Global Game Jam!

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Mean Girls. The Video Game.

This is so fetch.

It’s been 10 years since Mean Girls first hit screens, becoming an instant classic that is as quotable as it is hilarious. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t reference a line from the movie, use a .gif of Regina George to respond to something, note that the limit does not exist, or chastise someone for trying to make something happen that’s not going to happen. This is one of those movies that truly defines a generation.

Today it finally becomes a video game. Cue every gay squee noise I can muster.

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Via So Much Drama Studios:

“If You Have Ever Felt Personally Victimized by Regina George, This Game is For You

Designed as an easily accessible ‘tiara-defense’ game, Mean Girls finds the original Plastics at peace with their world, when a new upstart Plastics clique attempts to take control of North Shore High School by piecing together the broken Spring Fling Tiara. Players can select from eight of their favorite Mean Girls characters—Cady, Regina, Gretchen, Karen, Janis, Damian, Aaron, and Kevin, each with their own distinct boost abilities—and all the cliques from the cafeteria, to help defeat opponents and complete each level.”

The mobile “tiara-defense” game is not unlike your standard tower-defender: You place troops, you set up traps, and you keep the oncoming hoards of enemies away from their goal. Only this time around your troops are who you hang out with and the enemies are the opposing cliques.

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While it may not seem like an obvious genre to slap the Mean Girls name on, it’s actually quite clever. Just as in the original film the cafeteria is a carefully mapped out warzone, with factions ranging from the Varsity jocks to the girls who eat their feelings to the burnouts to the Plastics. And just as Lindsay Lohan’s Katy Herron went to war with Regina George, players will go to war to protect their tiara from those who’d try to snatch it away.

Does this sound like the most fabulous game ever, or does this sound like the most fabulous game ever? Who would come up with such a game? None other than So Much Drama’s Jeff Medor, creator of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Dragopolis, one of our gayest games of the year two years running. As was the case with Dragopolis, Mr. Meador isn’t trying to make a lazy licensed tie-in game…he wants this to be a product that true fans will enjoy through and through.

Mean Girls is hilarious, brutal, and endlessly quotable; I absolutely loved watching and re-watching the film,” said Jeff Meador, founder and president, So Much Drama. “The game is rich with the quirky humor, over-the-top high school power struggles, and everything from hilarious lines, peppermint foot cream, to, yes, the Burn Book.”

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No matter which clique players belong to, from band geeks and preps to regulation hotties, Mean Girls offers seven different ways to play including gameplay modes such as You Can’t Sit With Us, Social Suicide, She Doesn’t Even Go Here, and The Limit Does Not Exist.”

Mean Girls is slated for release on mobile platforms soon. I bet it will make for a great candy-gram.

And none for Gretchen Weiners. Bye.

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April 10
2013

Review: Guacamelee

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How to spice up an action-platformer about a hero overcoming obstacles on his way to rescuing the princess? Draw from Mexican folklore to create a vibrant world to explore as a Luchador out to rescue El Presidente’s daughter from the fearsome villain Calaca! Drinkbox Studio’s newest game, Guacamelee, is out now for the PlayStation 3 and Vita and if you make the jump, I’ll tell you why you should check it out!

Yes, you will work your way through multiple levels of platforming challenges interspersed with enemies to defeat, but as Juan, a farmer-turned-Luchador, you’ll do it with such style that you almost don’t even think about how all the familiar tropes are present. They’re given a fresh spin that makes Guacamelee a whole lot of fun to play.

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Drinkbox has strung together the various platforming/combat levels with some small towns so it feels more like one open world, and there are some minor sidequests you can pursue in the towns that will net you rewards to help level up Juan. But the meat of the game is exploring the intricate levels full of challenging platforming and combat.

Things start off simply enough, but as you earn more abilities, you can open up new areas to grab more treasures. Like smashing yellow blocks with headbutts, or accessing small tunnels by turning into a chicken. Yes, you can turn into a chicken. And you can still fight, too!

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There’s a wonderfully wacky sense of humor running through Guacamelee all the way from the snarky goat god who grants you new powers to the parody billboards in the towns. The music is fun, but can get repetitive if you stay in one place for too long. The graphical style is just lovely, though. All angles and bright colors, everyone and everything looks fantastic, and animates beautifully.

Combat ramps up nicely, as you earn new abilities like uppercuts and ground slams. Eventually you encounter enemies shielded by a colorful glow that indicates the special move you need to deploy to break the shield and beat the crap out of them regularly. After hitting an enemy enough, your Luchador can grapple with the triangle button and either toss them into other enemies, a wall, or perform a special move.

You encounter dimensional rifts floating in the air that let you traverse from the world of the living to the world of the dead, and eventually you gain the ability to switch at will. Then you will encounter enemies that exist only in one world or the other and you’ll have to swap around in order to land any blows. Also, some platforms only exist in one dimension, so you’ll have to maneuver your way through some pretty brutal dimension-switching platforming sequences.

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There’s also drop-in/drop-out two-player co-op, and while this is super helpful for fighting, it’s much less so with the platforming. At that point, you’re gonna want your friend to drop out while you work your way to the next fight. Then they can drop in again to help. There’s a combat arena that’s more fun with a partner as you face off against waves of enemies. Throwing enemies at each other so you can juggle them in the air before tossing them back is a blast.

Guacamelee is available as a cross-buy for both PS3 and Vita, meaning that you buy the one game for $14.99 and you can play it on either the console or the handheld, with your game saving to the cloud so you can put one down and pick up the other to continue playing right where you left off. Checkpoints are frequent, and heal as well as save (also they act as stores where you can purchase new abilities or health/stamina upgrades). But be warned, the dimension-swapping platforming can be pretty unforgiving!

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About Chris Eades

(Writer) I love Animal Crossing, music games (even though I can't sing or play instruments) and adventure games. And the occasional 40+ hr JRPG when I can find the time! I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband and our hamster, Ch'p.

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  1. avatar Seth says:

    Just so everyone that reads this knows: buy it on the ps3 and you get BOTH the Vita and Ps3 versions for $14.99
    Such a good deal :)

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