LA-MULANA is an “Archaeological Ruin Exploration Action Game,” bringing the classic appeal of adventure with the punishing difficulty of retro-inspired gaming. Search inside ancient ruins, seeking out the “Secret Treasure of Life” – which sleeps in the sprawling ruins of “LA-MULANA” and is said to be the beginning of all civilization.
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Release Date: Apr 15, 2013

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“La Mulana delivers on a fun, challenging and rewarding exploration experience that is presented with polish.”
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"Beyond the seemingly insurmountable wall of challenge, La-Mulana is a brilliant title that exceeds in just about every category. Art, music, breadth of content, game length -- La-Mulana gets the highest marks. But there's simply no denying that the difficulty, as fair as Nigoro purports it to be, is a major deterrent. If you are willing to suffer, though, you will be blown away. I guarantee it."
8/10 – Destructoid

"Nigoro’s La-Mulana is like Castlevania: Symphony of The Night spliced with Dark Souls. It is long, it is tough, it is involved and it has puzzles that’ll make your brain bleed."
93/100 – Indie Game Mag

"I look back on my time with La-Mulana with plenty of frustration at the challenging platforming, enemies, bosses, and puzzles. But I’m also amazed at the time, thought, and talent that went into creating this experience. There may never be another game like La-Mulana."
8.5/10 – Game Informer

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LA-MULANA is an “Archaeological Ruin Exploration Action Game,” bringing the classic appeal of adventure with the punishing difficulty of retro-inspired gaming. Search inside ancient ruins, seeking out the “Secret Treasure of Life” – which sleeps in the sprawling ruins of “LA-MULANA” and is said to be the beginning of all civilization. Unfortunately, priceless artifacts very rarely give themselves up easily.

Apart from the plethora of traps lying in wait, there are also monsters on the prowl, protecting the ruins. Head for the innermost depths of the ruins while solving a variety of mysteries, fending off monsters, and disarming traps. Forging ahead will be no simple task – the further into the depths you reach, the more difficult the mysteries become. The guardians of LA-MULANA do not take their job lightly.

LA-MULANA on Steam is the PC port version of the acclaimed remake for WiiWare. One of the first NIGORO games, LA-MULANA was originally created back in the creators’ “amateur” days and has been renown worldwide.
This game was created based on “that old-time feeling.” The creators wished to play the sort of games that enthralled them back in the day, only with more volume. The operability and difficulty level are certainly not “new school”. However, this game is highly recommended to gamers seeking out that feeling of total immersion that allows you to go full-on head-to-head with a game not found in somewhat lighter terms.

Coming up on it's ninth birthday, LA-MULANA continues to captivate, frustrate and annihilate new and old players alike. Whether it's your first time falling into the ruins or your 900th of getting decimated by Mushussu, we thank you for donning your explorer's hat, hoisting the whip and diving into our game.

Good luck. You're going to need it.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium 4 / 2.0GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9.0c compatible card, 128MB of VRAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible card
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Beef Supreme
( 34.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
One of the best games ive ever played, very hard but very good, a masterpiece.
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Odio
( 75.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
A 2D Non-Linear Exploration Action Platformer, or as many call, a "Metroidvania". La Mulana is one of the few games which could be considered a work of art - that is, we aren't just talking about story and graphics here like many games lauded as art are praised for - the entirety of this piece of work is a masterwork of the craft of game design.

Gameplay will challenge and push players to their limits, and encourage discussion among peers to discover it's many secrets. Graphics and story are basic yet without any glaring flaws. Music is catchy, and captures the mood of every location and event perfectly.

Controls may seem stiff at first, but the even a casual player will be able to get used to them, especially since the levels are designed around them. Some puzzles may be too tough to solve solo, and while taking notes down old school style is encouraged, some may be discouraged by the lack of taking in-game notes (bar the ability to log down a number of clues). However, none of these minor setbacks add up nor will bog a player down for long.

All explorers, Metroidvania fans, and fans of "hard" games will surely enjoy this remake of the classic indie.
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xzeonn
( 31.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
It was a controversial experience, yet it is a great game...

Frustrating parts:
- puzzles without clues in enormous dungeon which could only be solved by chance (it's cool before mid-game, but later it becomes maniacal... after hours spent wondering and accidentally falling somewhere or pushing something you understand that it's ok to use walkthrough sometimes)
- margin of error when battling bosses is insane (bosses tactics and patterns are interesting, yet artificial difficulty kills the fun)

What makes it amazing:
- Exploration and Discovery! Only a handful of games I've played recently give me this feeling... most of them were - collect-a-ton and grindy A->B progressions through linear storyline which didn't matter.
- Story and atmosphere - simply brilliant, the way it handled is great (providing the story by bits and pieces, so that the picture becomes more clear and interesting).
- Immersion. Yep it's one of those games where you will know every bit of pixel, forget about time (until life happens) and will dream of it...

In the end, I didn't finish it (went a bit further than mid-game), it started to feel like it doesn't respect the player at all (the reasons were some chance-puzzles and artificial difficulty with bosses). It was a pity to stop though... and now, weirdly, I can only recommend this.

PS heartily advice, when completely stuck in later areas - check the manual (there is a cool one on steam forums without spoilers)!
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Ћ Rob
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
THE GAME THAT STARTED THE SILLY TREND OF "THE DARK SOULS OF X"
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Cthulhu Fhtagn
( 24.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
Probably the most difficult game I've played, in terms of raw puzzle solving. The enemy combat can be easy at times yet you may find yourself dying by accident. The controls take some getting used to but are rather intuitive once you've learned them.

The puzzles are obtuse, you'll place weights and wonder "what the hell did I just do?" You'll discover it another 20 minutes from then. There's something satisfying about beating the game and finding tons of secrets that you didn't know about.

The achievements (if you enjoy those) are certainly challenging to obtain and add a breath of new life into this game once you've finished it a couple of times.

The soundtrack is the best part of this game. The music is wonderfully composed and adds an atmosphere that matches what you see.

10/5 would recommend
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Fat grills and feeders
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Unapologetically difficult.
You've been warned.
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triplebooyah
( 36.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
"Obtuse" is a word that another reviewer used to describe this one, and it could very well be a one-word review. Anyhow...

La-Mulana is a beautifully made game (esp. environment art, music, boss design) and has a lot of fun aspects, but in my opinion it ultimately falls victim to its own sense of smugness. I actually didn't mind the control scheme, which is essentially a modified version of Castlevania's, with weapon-specific timing, pushback when getting hit, and unalterable directional jumping (except when descending from a standstill jump). It's pretty easy to get used to if you've played enough games of that era.

I also don't mind many of the "puzzles" (which I think could be more accurately described as riddles). What ended up nudging me toward not recommend the game was the implementation of the riddles. After about the third or fourth areas, you start finding heaps of increasingly cryptic clues that won't be introduced for nearly another whole half of the game and often refer to far-off places (also true for many diases and events which trigger distant environment changes that you subsequently have to hunt for). This is the main design element that necessitates the tedious manual note-taking that the developer gleefully encourages. It also has the effect of (rather artifically) increasing the game's perceived difficulty. To me, this didn't really have the seemingly intended effect of inspiring the required devotion of time and manual energy to figure out most of the game on my own, but instead kinda transformed the experience into what increasingly felt like a menial task. Very glad that there are a variety of guides to reduce the tedium, otherwise my patience would have worn off long before finishing the game.

Glad I got it on a good sale. For now, I'm having more fun just challenging the bosses in the time attack mode.
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10:40pm
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
This is probably the hardest game of the 21st century. It doesn't follow the rules of games, it follows the rules of actually investigating an ancient, archaeological ruin. If you make a mistake, if you set off a trap or fall down a pit or ♥♥♥♥ off some ancient gods without warning, you will die. But the difficulty doesn't come from the combat, it comes from exploration itself. The entire game is just one massive system of extremely discreet hints and puzzle pieces. If Ninja Gaiden needed you to develop borderline ninja reflexes and senses to win, this game asks you to have the patience and memory and problem solving skills of an expert archaeologist and anthropologist. This game can literally take years to complete without cheating, and is basically the Finnegans Wake of video games; you'll die before solving a fraction of it on your own.
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Bender3000
( 68.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
You're the victim in the movie Saw. You hate the psychopath but once you escape the torture, you're the most happiest creature in the world.
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suzukowa12
( 57.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
the controls are a bit stiff as in commited jumps but still a great classic style game, enjoyable yet sometimes frustrating puzzles areas and bosses but greatly recommended
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Raven in HD
( 27.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
La-Mulana is a 2D Action Platformer Metroidvania game. In here, you're playing as Professor Lemeza, he's an archeologist who tried to solve the mysteries of the ruins. This game is huge and vast, and as this is a metroidvania game, expect a lot of backtrack. There will be a lot of unsolved stuff behind, and even though it looks impossible to do, it's not, you'll able to do some crazy feat once you progress. That's one of the beauty of this game. So, now on to the review !

(+) Positive
- The progressive feels real, you starts with totally nothing, but once you unlocks stuff. It actually impacts in a great way.
- Interesting puzzle and riddle, and most of them are fair, logical and there's a hint for them.
- The soundtracks are great, really fits the atmosphere.
- A lot of secret, for those who likes treasure hunting.
- The place is vast and huge, great for those who likes exploring, you may find difficulties at first though !
- The boss fight is really challenging. Man, beating them feels great.

(-) Negative
- At the beginning, this game is kinda dull, since you're really limited. And it's kinda nuisance to go back to the first place just for healing. But later in the game, this will no longer become a problem.
- Beware, while most of the riddle is fair, some of them are not. you might get stuck.
- The death traps, yes, there are some in this game. There's a trap where you'll get killed instantly. Also, there's a trap that get you stucked and you'll most likely dead if you don't have a necessary item to get away. Trial and error i might say.

So, if you like a challenging 2D Action game, and don't mind dying a lot. This game is totally for you ! But just a reminder, it's not for everyone, really.
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Mufasa02
( 54.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
Hard and unfair. A really good game.
That's the closest we'll be getting from Dark Souls in 2D.
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cjstephe278
( 26.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
La Mulana is a good game with great puzzles and ♥♥♥♥ controls.

Its an excellent combination of the action-platormer and the puzzle-platformer genres where the puzzle side of things do not hold your hand and are more like riddles (sometimes to the point of complete BS where you'll be spending hours figuring out what exactly the hell the clue means before you eventually cheat and realize there's some crap hidden wall you missed or you have to arbitrarily push down at a certain spot even though you've never had to do that before).

Inscrutable clues, though, are probably the best part of La Mulana. Definitely some rewarding experiences to be found here. The fact that your character's picture beings to look like an insane wannabe batman as you progress is also great.

The worst part of La Mulana is the action-platformer side of things. This is a remake of an older game and that means you'll have to deal with the following anachronistic nonsense:

- Input delays. If you jump straight up and try to move it will take a second before you actually move.
- Locked falls. If you fall straight down instead of jumping down you will not be able to alter your landing.
- Uncontrollable swimming. There's some built up momentum going on here that makes jumping out of water a pain.
- Constantly jumping back when hit. You remember castlevania and its lovely pits, right?
- Grinding for cash. Oddly, the game requires you to buy weights to activate switches and makes you grind for gold.
- Finicky hitboxes. Bosses can only be hurt in the center of their heads, and you have to make sure you get real close for it to count.

The game gives you a lot of tools to try to work your way out of this (as most of the problems with the controls can be mitigated by using the ranged subweapons), but that puts you in the scenario of having to grind your way through parts you're stuck on - which is pretty much impossible as most enemies only drop 2 gold (if you're lucky).

So, the game wants you to fight with the melee wapons. That's fine. I just wish the controls were better. The fact that your jumps have committed arcs you can't maneuver out of really limits how you can safely engage an enemy.
Run in gung-ho and expect to miss and take damage or trade. Even the double-jump power you get later doesn't give you the ability to jump away - you'll just jump further in the direction you were already moving.


Good game. Great puzzles. ♥♥♥♥ controls.
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mecha
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 3
masterpiece
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zachary_putnam
( 22.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
This is what happens when dark souls had smex with Indiana Jones! Anyways, this is a cool game. There are many memorable locations, tones of upgrades, crazy bosses, tough puzzles and plently and plently of one thing gamers hate: knockback damage! Also be prepared, if you ever get past the 5th boss and beat the Eden puzzle, make sure you have a walkthrough or you will be lost in La-Mulana forever!!!
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Lord Dwonklebean
( 35.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
+ Nostalgic feel, fun exploration.

- Senseless (Read: Impossible) puzzles, poor controls, broken/buggy mechanics.
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patrys
( 38.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
Masochism at its best. Took around 35 hours to finish with lots of swearing in between. Very hard but also very rewarding.
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Grammernatzi
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 12
Hours don't matter; I beat the game via a GOG.com version

Anyway, this game is amazing. Some of the best bosses I've seen in a metroidvania, outstanding music, an amazing final boss and a perfect escape sequence. The story is surprisingly deep with lore everywhere ala Metroid Prime, and the game is very long, easily lasting tens of hours.

With that said, USE A GUIDE.

Don't think you can get away with playing this game blind, unless you're a VERY determined player. You will have to write down nearly everything you scan, explore whatever you can, etc. This game is ridiculous in puzzles and level design and, in my opinion, it's nowhere near to even the best part of the game! It's well worth skipping it using a guide because the rest of the game IS worth it. Items, powerups, etc really help alleviate the difficulty this game has at the beginning.

Also, this game is pretty hard even with a guide. For a good portion of the game you have no defense and very bad platforming; it gets much better later, but if you don't have a guide for powerups, it's understandable how you can get frustrated because the tools to make your life easier aren't available. However, at about the half-way point the game becomes much more tolerable due to the sheer amount of abilities you have gotten. Also, it is worth mentioning that both whip upgrades are permanently missable; however, reloading a save can let you try again. Just keep that in mind. With that said, the game is amazing. In my own experience, it's an 8/10 for the first half and a 10/10 for the second half, but only with a guide. Highly recommended, just, make sure you know what you are getting into.
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[Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap]
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
The Metroid sequel that never was. Challenging, but rewarding. 10/10 would be crushed by falling rocks again.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
One of the best games ive ever played, very hard but very good, a masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
This is probably the hardest game of the 21st century. It doesn't follow the rules of games, it follows the rules of actually investigating an ancient, archaeological ruin. If you make a mistake, if you set off a trap or fall down a pit or ♥♥♥♥ off some ancient gods without warning, you will die. But the difficulty doesn't come from the combat, it comes from exploration itself. The entire game is just one massive system of extremely discreet hints and puzzle pieces. If Ninja Gaiden needed you to develop borderline ninja reflexes and senses to win, this game asks you to have the patience and memory and problem solving skills of an expert archaeologist and anthropologist. This game can literally take years to complete without cheating, and is basically the Finnegans Wake of video games; you'll die before solving a fraction of it on your own.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
La-Mulana is a 2D Action Platformer Metroidvania game. In here, you're playing as Professor Lemeza, he's an archeologist who tried to solve the mysteries of the ruins. This game is huge and vast, and as this is a metroidvania game, expect a lot of backtrack. There will be a lot of unsolved stuff behind, and even though it looks impossible to do, it's not, you'll able to do some crazy feat once you progress. That's one of the beauty of this game. So, now on to the review !

(+) Positive
- The progressive feels real, you starts with totally nothing, but once you unlocks stuff. It actually impacts in a great way.
- Interesting puzzle and riddle, and most of them are fair, logical and there's a hint for them.
- The soundtracks are great, really fits the atmosphere.
- A lot of secret, for those who likes treasure hunting.
- The place is vast and huge, great for those who likes exploring, you may find difficulties at first though !
- The boss fight is really challenging. Man, beating them feels great.

(-) Negative
- At the beginning, this game is kinda dull, since you're really limited. And it's kinda nuisance to go back to the first place just for healing. But later in the game, this will no longer become a problem.
- Beware, while most of the riddle is fair, some of them are not. you might get stuck.
- The death traps, yes, there are some in this game. There's a trap where you'll get killed instantly. Also, there's a trap that get you stucked and you'll most likely dead if you don't have a necessary item to get away. Trial and error i might say.

So, if you like a challenging 2D Action game, and don't mind dying a lot. This game is totally for you ! But just a reminder, it's not for everyone, really.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
the controls are a bit stiff as in commited jumps but still a great classic style game, enjoyable yet sometimes frustrating puzzles areas and bosses but greatly recommended
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
"Obtuse" is a word that another reviewer used to describe this one, and it could very well be a one-word review. Anyhow...

La-Mulana is a beautifully made game (esp. environment art, music, boss design) and has a lot of fun aspects, but in my opinion it ultimately falls victim to its own sense of smugness. I actually didn't mind the control scheme, which is essentially a modified version of Castlevania's, with weapon-specific timing, pushback when getting hit, and unalterable directional jumping (except when descending from a standstill jump). It's pretty easy to get used to if you've played enough games of that era.

I also don't mind many of the "puzzles" (which I think could be more accurately described as riddles). What ended up nudging me toward not recommend the game was the implementation of the riddles. After about the third or fourth areas, you start finding heaps of increasingly cryptic clues that won't be introduced for nearly another whole half of the game and often refer to far-off places (also true for many diases and events which trigger distant environment changes that you subsequently have to hunt for). This is the main design element that necessitates the tedious manual note-taking that the developer gleefully encourages. It also has the effect of (rather artifically) increasing the game's perceived difficulty. To me, this didn't really have the seemingly intended effect of inspiring the required devotion of time and manual energy to figure out most of the game on my own, but instead kinda transformed the experience into what increasingly felt like a menial task. Very glad that there are a variety of guides to reduce the tedium, otherwise my patience would have worn off long before finishing the game.

Glad I got it on a good sale. For now, I'm having more fun just challenging the bosses in the time attack mode.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
The fact that games like this can still exist in this day and age fills me with nothing but gratitude. Here's a game with copious amounts of content, hard bosses that actually surprised me with their quality, gorgeous retro graphics that I just eat up like so much curry, and detail detail detail. Unfortunately, this is the kind of game where discovery and puzzle solving is a big part of the experience, which means you'll have the most fun on your first playthrough. Subsequent playthroughs will likely lose some of the enjoyment.

But hey, that's why we're getting La-Mulana 2 soon!

My only other small gripe is the music. I love the tunes, but the majority of the mix is sustained notes that really tend to wear on the ears after awhile. They're also kinda short, so they'll be looping quite often. However, they do a great job of pumping you up for these dangerous and mysterious ruins. I just kinda wonder if the game would've been better with an ambiatic soundtrack. I suggest turning down the BGM to around 30 or so.

No doubt, the game is worth full price. Highly recommended.

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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
To be honest: I've never finished the game. Er, I've hardly managed to beat three bosses. I got countlessly stuck, killed, frustrated.
Still, I strongly recommend this game.
It is an ultimate embodiment of the Metroidvania genre, probably one of the kind. Compared to it, nearly all of titles you can find with this tag are oldschool straightforward platformers. La-Mulana collects all defining staples and takes them to the extreme. Non-linear exploration, where nobody direct you by hand and you are free to choose your own walkthrough. Uniquely designed and atmospheric locations, with few features used more than once. Puzzles, not limited to "move that crate to this button", but requiring to look for scattered hints and think of undocumented abilities. Tons of monsters, items, skills, traps, secrets. An absolute feel of being an adventurer, a discoverer, a researcher.
It's a wonderful game. It leaves you with your own skills and challenges them in every way possible. It's definitely not for everyone, and seemingly not for me, which saddens like an one-way love. Ruins of La-Mulana shine in all their cruel beauty, and a strong gamer will be worthily rewarded.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2015
Insanely beautiful, insanely deep, insanely hard.


playing this for the first time feel like you found a snes game that no one ever heard about, but this might as well be the most important game release post 2000, as i don't remenber any game in recent history that has absorbed me into it like this.


yes few people will ever reach the end of this... and thats not a bad thing, is the road not the destination.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Playing this game is like slowly taking a giant splinter out of your foot, the proccess is painfull but result is satisfying.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
One of the best games on Steam, if you can put aside your pride. There are a handful of parts that you will need to look up in order to solve if you have not played the original, and only a couple of them can be solved with dumb-luck.

Playing La Maluna made me feel like a kid again instead of a cynical adult. I've never been more eager to make that impossible jump, to fight that controller-breakingly-difficult boss, or to solve that unsolveable puzzle.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
75.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
The Mother was great. She made even the Giants look tiny. The Giants were great. Thou art tiny, like a little doll.

Rock hard puzzles. Just don't surrender/spoil yourself on your first playthrough.
The OST is pretty good, never gets old and may reduce your rage quits by 50%.
The controls may seem to be sloppy at first, but you just have to understand/get used to them.

Overall I enjoyed my time in multiple playthroughs quite much.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
Is it hard?

Yes.

Is it worth it.

Yes.

Can you beat it?

Only one way to find out.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
67.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
this is a really wonderful game.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
This videogame will make you feel like an adult. An adult who plays videogames.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
I got this game because I loved UnEpic and UnEpic's creator said he was inspired by La-Mulana. The game title sounds spanish too - could be one reason ^^

Anyways, my first impressions when I launched La-Mulana was that the controls are kind of rigid : the jumping is not the greatest but not the worst either. Music gave me a little headache since it's a short loop... but still good - just wished the loop was a little bit longer - the double to be precise... Sounds are ok, some are good ; overall it has a feel proper to itself, which is good.

As for the game itself, it's pretty rich, meaning there seems to be a lot of stuff to do, to collect, to investigate - you're a guy that probably has Indiana Jones posters in his bedroom and pray to the Lost Ark before sleeping.

I like the graphics, especially the levels - the difference between zones is good and refreshing since they change a lot from one to another. There are yellow-ish pyramids-like levels or ones more inspired by some temples of water, etc. Some mobs can seem strange in appearance, but like the sounds, it gives a style to the game.

The game is full of surprises : level design and game design make it hard, with low-level puzzles to sort - which is great since it's an action-platformer and I hate it when there's too much puzzling to do... and with the save system you can organize yourself so that you don't have to walk a lot to get back to what you were solving - or trying to solve. Sometimes you get punished for not getting the right jump, or for not killing an enemy while jumping. This can get frustrating but that's part of the game and adds to it. Overall it's a difficult game, but for good reasons.

I'm not far in the game but I feel this won't change, and I like it that way. The only bad thing I have to say is this : when moving from one map to another, the ingame objects (characters etc) stop and the camera slide so that it centers to the map you're moving to... and sometimes, you get hit by an enemy that is too close to the point of arrival on the new map, getting you to move back to the previous map you can from - to me this is not a gamebreaking matter but I would have liked not to see that issue being in.

I would recommend getting in when it's on sale OR full price if you like the genre.

There are a few great ideas that are in this game when it comes to game designing :) you should discover them by yourself. ;)
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Recommended
77.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
This is hardcore Metroidvania, a great hardcore Metroidvania.

The game starts you off exploring in a rather limited area, so you will soon stumble upon the first dungeon, which are called fields in this game. This first field also serves as an old school tutorial: you will learn the mechanics of the game within it, to recognize some traps and to doubt others. It's also really great as you can complete almost everything in the first field without ever going elsewhere, even beating its boss.

Once you've beat the first boss and completed most of the field's puzzles, it's time to branch out into the real game. Now you will begin the real exploration! You will need to visit many areas before being able to complete one, only stopped by a lack of tools or by too powerful enemies. The hints, which were pretty self-contained in the first field, will be found pretty much anywhere.

This game is really great and I heartly recommand it. Warning tough: the jumping controls are stiff and need a little adaptation. You might also want to consider a pen and paper to take note of some hints early on - until you find an in-game software you can use for that. Besides the accumulation of orbs, the hot spring is the only way to regain health.

What I think is the most amazing thing is how understanding the lore is primordial to understand and solve the puzzles. Through its tablet hints and other environmental cues, the game has a lore to tell and recurring themes that become more and more the key to find some of the later solutions. The "second" field, Mausoleum of the Giants, introduce the concept quite forcefully, even though most of its lore puzzles can be brute-forced without much trouble.

As usual with this kind of game, you start off really weak but if you commit yourself to find everything, you will become almost overpowered by the game's end, so don't be put off by the initial difficulty (or maybe you should come back with a better weapon or more health).
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Recommended
54.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
Do you find games a bit too easy? Want a real challenge? A challenge so hard the game not only kicks you in the balls, but also spits in your eye and laughs at your misfortune?

La-Mulana might just be your answer to all three.

La-Mulana is a Metroidvania-esque puzzle platformer following the adventure of Professor Lamenza in search of his father in the ancient ruins of La-Mulana. It's your job to not only find your father, but uncover the secrets of La-Mulana.

This game features lots of devious, head scratching puzzles, tough and challenging boss battles and enough dubious traps to make you think the game REALLY doesn't like you. This game is by no means for the weak-willed or those easy to anger as this game can and WILL ♥♥♥♥ you off, but if you're willing to take on it's various puzzles and traps then perhaps you can truly unlock the truth to La-Mulana.
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Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Challanging, awesome music and overall just a fun indie game
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Recommended
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
The best platformer/puzzler I've played, and one of the best games ever.

This game doesn't have the hardest puzzles I've seen, but the hardest that are also really well designed.
Many reviews, including positive ones, claim that you'll need a guide. That's wrong. The game gives you the tools and info to solve all of its puzzles. They're still difficult, and I think it's fine and expected for most players to grab a guide at one or two points. But it's absolutely not necessary.

The actual quality of the puzzles is great. Many of them mesh well with the setting and atmosphere of the game. This sound stupid, but they do that so well that the game genuinely immersed me in the idea of being on an absurd archeological adventure. Just expect to get stuck a little bit sometimes, and expect to take notes (the game has a built-in system for this).

The action portion of this game is weighty, with jump physics that can punish mistakes pretty harshly, and whip attacks that come out with a delay. The levels and enemies are well-designed around that, and taking out a boss feels real good.
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Recommended
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
This is one of my favorite games ever. I highly recommend this game for fans of Metroidvania games or anyone looking for a challenge. The only thing that may affect the amount fun you can have is how cryptic some puzzles can be and you may find yourself using the wiki a lot.
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