Earlier this month Xeis Studio released Mariachi Giro [$2.99], a universal rhythm game that abandons the predictable set list of terrible covers of hits from the 80's and 90's in exchange for mariachi music. To say the game is a little rough around the edges would be an understatement, but the novelty factor of feverishly tapping notes and switching between the various instruments of your mariachi band to nine Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan traditional folk songs is just insane.
In the game, you take your mariachi band on the road performing at various Mexican locations that surely someone more culturally aware than myself will recognize. Once you unlock some songs, the true fun begins. A second game mode opens up where your mariachi band serenades a señorita from her window, and you're able to customize your band quite a bit. Everything from renaming them to changing their basic appearance or even upgrading their instruments. Check out this video put together by the developers:
There's a lot that is weird about Mariachi Giro, the polygon count of your band members is seriously low, and the crowd that comes to your concerts look like bouncing cardboard stand-ups. Also, there isn't really much feedback when you're hitting or missing notes, making learning the timing of the game to score well a little more difficult than it should be. Regardless, rocking out to some mariachi music is oddly amusing.
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