_Tamale Loco: Rumble in the Desert II_ is a 2D side-scrolling platformer with
a Mexican fantasy theme. The player controls the character Tamale Loco who
wants to woo the beautiful Esmerelda, but her dad has to be convinced first by
creating some burritos for him. The story is told as a flashback by one of the
game’s henchmen, who worked for Big K who wants to keep Tamale Loco out of the
desert. The game can be played in a Classic or a Rumble II mode, each one with
four levels each. Classic contains the two levels available online for free,
along with two new ones. Rumble II has four entirely new levels. Tamale Loco
can move around, jump, duck and shoot. There is a button to activate turbo, he
can kick and cycle between weapons such as TNT, exploding peppers and the
chips of death. The main goal in each level is to reach the exit while
grabbing food items for the burrito and weapons, while destroying enemies.
Six different food items need to be gathered to create a burrito, but there
are also bonus foods that can be collected and added for extra points. There
are items for power-ups and free lives, as well as different weapons to
maximize the damage. Enemies are destroyed by jumping on top of them. Jumping
provides other options: next to the regular jump the key can be held down to
fly father and higher, turbo jumps are used to pass large obstacles, and by
keeping it held down while falling it is possible to glide.
The game contains a level editor. It keeps track of the best scores and these
can be posted online. There are three difficulty levels.