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Psychedelic Taco is an umbrella fighting game created by Revelation Heroes Entertainment for the Nexus, Knuckleduster and Pharo. It is a perfectly average umbrella fighter with absolutely nothing strange happening at all.
Artistically, the game is inspired by dreams and the bizzare results they can produce, with many characters displaying more vibrant colours than in their source material to highlight the ethereal world in which they now exist.
Do you still?
The majority of Psychedelic Taco's gameplay is drawn from the Super Smash Bros. series, but with health bars over the traditional percentage meters. Players must defeat opponents by lowering their health bars to zero. However, when a health bar is empty, the player is not immediately eliminated. Instead, they become open to finishing moves from other players. The further below zero their health, the more effective the finishing move is. Eliminating a player scores a point for whoever eliminated them.
Dealing damage charges a characters Reality meter. A small portion of the Reality meter can be expended to power up any special move. At any point, the character can also choose to burn the Reality meter for an increase in power and speed. Finally, a full Reality meter can be expended for a devastating Reality Break, a powerful special move that will always defeat fighters below zero health if it connects. Characters with a fuller Reality meter also fall slightly faster.
Traditional blocking mechanics are used instead of the shielding system from Smash. Against a blocking opponent, the majority of special attacks deal chip damage, but only certain specials and grabs will break blocks completely. Additionally, each player chooses an Ally after choosing their character. Each player has two charges for summoning their Ally in combat, which will cause them to appear and aid the player. Ally's have their own, small health bar, but unlike player characters they are defeated as soon as their health reaches zero, or they will leave after thirty seconds on the stage. Ally charges can be regained from certain items or by depleting the Reality meter.
The cast of Psychedelic Taco is designed to be diverse, with a variety of characters from different franches. Combat in Psychedelic Taco is fast paced, with design that encourages quick brawls interlaced with quiet moments of recuperation. Characters also have incredible jump height and noticeably 'float' in the air, descending slowly but without the vulnerability state after attacking present in Super Smash Bros, essentially being able to fight normally while airborne, albeit with limitations to their moveset (namely, abilities that move the character may only be used once while airborne, with some exceptions). Stages in Psychedelic Taco are also designed comparably to those of Smash Bros, with floating platforms and a variety of stage hazards, but are often smaller than those of Smash Bros, with very few larger levels.
There are multiple modes in Psychedelic Taco, with new modes occasionally being added in updates.
- Quick Nap: The basic mode of gameplay, Quick Nap is a standard battle for two to ten players on 2.5D stages. Games can be played in Stock (with either a set number of lives or an elimination goal) or Timed matches. Battles can be played as free for alls or in teams, and a slew of modifiers such as quad damage or giant characters can be used. There is also a horde mode to practice against NPC's.
- Sleeping Together: Sleeping Together is the online mode of Psychedelic Taco, where players can battle other people online. It is also possible to spectate and review the matches of others, and custom lobbies to fight with friends. There is also a 'Roaming Warrior' system, where players can form parties of up to eight players and fight other parties in massive brawls.
- Deep Rest: Deep Rest is a traditional arcade mode, with the player taking on 10 successive battles at the difficulty of their choosing. The ending for each character is unique, but the final fight is usually against PT.
- Largo Siesta: Largo Siesta is an endless arcade mode, where the player is pitted against suceedingly more difficult trials. Players can compare their results to others around the world through a leaderboard system.
- REM Sleep: Rem Sleep acts as a kind of lighter story mode. Completeable in about an hour, REM is a repeatable adventure through the continously shifting world of Psychedelic Taco. Throughout REM players level up their characters, and the equipment found in REM can be used in The Longest Dream.
- The Longest Dream: The Longest Dream is a story mode. In it, the characters of the Psychedelic Taco universe are inextricably linked together through The Eternal Dreamer, and are pitted against The Chaos, a manifestation of evil in every world. The Longest Dream also features light strategy elements, with the player leading an army composed of the playable characters.
- Haunted: Addeded in the Candy Coated Catnap update, Haunted takes place within a nightmarish town. The player must knock on doors to receive candy while defeating nightmares trying to steal their candy.
- Where have you been?
Dreams of the Dreamer
The Dreamer's Dreams are the characters who were drawn into the world of Psychedelic Taco by the dreamer himself. They are the basis of the Dreamer's creation and thus are vital to the world itself.
|Absolute Zero||Adelle||Obi Wan||Winnie the Pooh||Jason Todd|
|BJ Blazkowicz||Soldier 76||Kessler||Geralt||Scott Pilgrim|
|Terminator||Nicholas Angle||Childish Gambino||Peter Parker||Comrade Fluffy|
|Nico Minoru||Mar||Jon Stark||Rose LaLonde||David Haller|
Manifestations of Chaos
The Manifestations of Chaos are the Dreamer's nightmares given name, soulless husks created by the Chaos to extend it's reach within the world of Psychedelic Taco. Despite their nature, the manifestations sometimes show personality and character.
|Baron Blade||Illua||Darth Vader||Sparkles||Bruce Wayne|
|Kung Fuhrer||Doomfist||Alex Mercer||Dracula||Harley Quinn|
|Jason Voorhees||Axe Cop||Tony 'Fuckwit' Abbott||Kingpin||Riptor|
|Vecna||Dark Samus||Sauron||Lord English||The All-Father|
Any player may summon an ally to fight alongside them for a brief period during the middle of a match. They are manifestations of a deeper power, something not aligned with the Dreamer or the Chaos.
|Death||Diane||Janet||Molly Hayes||The Devil of Hells Kitchen|
|The Red Death||Buddy Christ||Lulu||Daenerys Targaryen||The Phantom|
|Herbert P. Bear||Jimmy Hopkins||Vin Diesel||Edward Richtofen||Amaterasu|
Candy Coated Catnap
Added on the 31st of October, 2019, these five free new fighters were added to the roster just in time for the spooky season. Takeo Masaki, A Drop Bear, Baron Samedi, Susie and Jack Skellington have come out trick or treating!
|Takeo Masaki||Cuddly Koala||Baron Samedi||Susie||Jack Skellington|
Psychedelic Taco features a base of 49 stages, with more added through downloadable content. The final boss stage, Psychedelic Techno, is also planned to be added to multiplayer in a free update. Stages come from various properties and feature a wide variety of environments. Many stages feature hazards such as water, NPC enemies, traps, etc. Similar to Super Smash Bros, these stages also feature a number of platforms that can be moved between, making movement a more important part of gameplay than traditional fighting games.
31st October, 2019: Kino Der Toten, Nostromo, 'Cabin', Outpost 31 and Halloween Town were added as a part of the Candy Coated Catnap free content pack. Stages total is now 54.
The Longest Dream
Instead of a single soundtrack, Psychedelic Taco features a number of selectable artists who play their own customisable track list throughout matches. Though the available artists have all had an impact on the creator, their track lists tend to aim for a mix between 'hype' battle music and quieter, more 'aesthetic' tracks.
There are also a few "DJ's" who feature more diverse track lists. Unlike the available artists, each DJ is themed around a specific style or genre. Like the other characters in the game, all the available DJ's are characters that hold importance to RHE.
- Alison Wonderland (who is the only real world DJ on the list) focuses on dance and electro music.
- The DOOM Marine mainly plays heavy metal and rock music.
- DJ Taco plays assorted pop and alternative songs.
- The Immortal Iron Fist plays rap and hip-hop.
- Various CSS elements adapted from content originally created by Jake.
- Diablo was originally in the roster. He was replaced with Vecna, who was a better fit as Nico's rival.
- Superboy was also in the roster, but was removed due to a too many fist focused characters.
- Other characters who were considered but did not enter the roster include Lucio, Yang, Panty & Stocking, Thanos, Noctis, Ashe, Gir, Beast, Asgore, Indiana Jones, Leman Russ, Gaige, Raziel, Ronald McDonald, Samus, Sephiroth, Worldbreaker Hulk, Meliodas and Yang Xiao Long.
- Several Rubber Ducks were cut from the game.
- As mentioned in the overview, Psychedelic Taco is an old username of the creator.
- This project was created to give RHE something a bit easier to work on as they return to Fantendo.
- Behold, I have a weapon; A better never did itself sustain Upon a soldier's thigh: I have seen the day, That, with this little arm and this good sword,I have made my way through more impediments
Than twenty times your stop: but, O vain boast! Who can control his fate? 'tis not so now. Be not afraid, though you do see me weapon'd; Here is my journey's end, here is my butt, And very sea-mark of my utmost sail. Do you go back dismay'd? 'tis a lost fear; Man but a rush against Othello's breast, And he retires.
Where should Othello go? Now, how dost thou look now? O ill-starr'd wench! Pale as thy smock! when we shall meet at compt, This look of thine will hurl my soul from heaven, And fiends will snatch at it. Cold, cold, my girl! Even like thy chastity. O cursed slave!
Whip me, ye devils, From the possession of this heavenly sight! Blow me about in winds! roast me in sulphur! Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire! O Desdemona! Desdemona! dead! Oh! Oh! Oh!