If the goofy portmanteau of a title—plus the sight of a masked wrestler pummeling demonic creatures—didn't make it clear, then let us assure you: Guacamelee! is indeed a very odd, offbeat game. Styled after Metroid and the modern Castlevania games, this side-scrolling adventure finds you accruing various powers and abilities as you explore its interconnected stages. However, it does so with a ton of humor and panache, and the end result is an entertaining and challenging game that succeeds in part by not taking itself too seriously.
Abe Lincoln looks pretty mean with a chainsaw. He’s one of 12 historical figures called in via cloning to save the world (and an underground hobo kingdom) from hordes of monsters, zombies, evil dudes, and man-eating cheeseburgers in Rocket City Studios’ dual-stick hack-and-slash game, Second Chance Heroes. It’s just about as crazy as it sounds, and the wacky premise is backed by solid gameplay. Lincoln is joined by a who’s who lineup of historical clones, including Leonardo da Vinci, Napoleon Bonaparte, Joan of Arc, and Queen Elizabeth I (who carries a gatling gun).
The Steam Summer Sale is in full swing, meaning this is your best opportunity to get the greatest games for Mac OS X at prices that would make a bargain bin ashamed. Alas, while our selection still isn't as diverse as it is for folks who play their games on the PC, there's still a huge sampling available to keep you busy through the summer. We've saved you some trouble and found some of the best offers, which you can check out after the jump.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to develop a video game? Building mods or custom maps is an honest way to gain some experience with game development, but doing so requires technical knowledge most people don't possess – or want to spend the hard time learning. Thankfully, a few games over the years have simplified the process through level-editing software. The Perpetual Testing Initiative, a community-generated content add-on for Portal 2, is a really enjoyable, no-fuss way to try your hand at building your own mind-boggling stages.
In 2007, Valve turned the gaming world on its head through the release of a strange side project called "Portal", wherein a player took part in an experiment conducted by an insane computer named GlaDOS to see if they could escape from a series of increasingly intricate and dangerous mazes while armed only with a teleportation gun that activated both an entry and exit portal.