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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May 12

La-Mulana Officially Supports Mac and Linux

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Super exciting news! La-Mulana finally supports Mac and Linux officially. After a long beta testing mode and some great help, we are happy to release it to you all.

We hope that you all enjoy it and share the adventure!

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Reviews

“La Mulana delivers on a fun, challenging and rewarding exploration experience that is presented with polish.”
Greenlit Gaming

"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

About This Game


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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X 10.7(Lion)
    • Processor:Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    RECOMMENDED:
    • OS:OS X 10.11(El Capitan) or higher
    • Processor:Intel® Core i5 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium 4 / 2.0GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9.0c compatible card, 128MB of VRAM
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oneirossd
( 19.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game is amazing. As a kid, 30 years ago, I would have been totally obsessed, taking notes, drawing maps, everything. Now, with a ridiculous backlog to get through, even beating it using a walkthrough was a challenge, and still a worthy experience.
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lainshy
( 84.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I could write ten thousands of walls of text to describe how amazing this game is.

Do you like metroidvania like games? Do you like puzzle heavy games? Do you like dificult games? Then, La-Mulana is for y ou.
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greenendorf
( 37.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
The game keeps crashing on the final boss.
Truly, one of La-Mulana's most fiendish puzzles.
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dumb frogposter
( 65.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
great, but brutally difficult. try to resist the urge to consult guides and instead think like the archaeologist you play as; write everything down as you progress and piece it all together.
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Mankanshoku
( 23.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Amazing game, insane difficulty and worth every minute of exploration.
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SLEVEN
( 354.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
It may be just the thing if your into Indiana Jones, finding crazy and mythical creatures that simply boggles the mind. Falling into traps and nearly making it out by the skin of your teeth.

La-Mulana is BALLS HARD and it is not for those who don't know how to stay on track or easily lost. Take notes people or if you fail at that. Play a guide....That is if you ever get stumped. This game does not hold your hand and you shouldn't expect it to. Your a professor. An Archeologist. A professional....Well, not as Professional as your dad but you will get there in time.

Collect relics across your journey deep within the ruins. Power your character up by destroying enemies and collecting green orbs left behind. Only way to heal a wounded adventurer in this game is a one simple hotspring and trust me. If your a newbie at this game. You bet your ♥♥♥♥♥♥ that its going to be the #1 spot to go to when your one hit away from death.

Also don't be ashamed at saving alot. You are going to have to. You see further into the game about 30 mins in you would get your first relic that lets you teleport to the Save Points Tablets hidden throughout the game. That too will be a helpful item to have.

Also...Melbruk is a hottie. Even if she is older then you by a millenia.
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bentout12
( 57.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Gave up at what is probably the halfway point. It's balls-difficult and the puzzles are maddeningly obscure. Somehow, it's all still charming enough to make it a good time for awhile, but eventually I just stopped. I'll probably come back to it at some point, but it is only recommended with reservations. Sixty-ish hours in and I feel like I've barely scratched the surface.

You'll do everything you can not to Google solutions to tough spots... then you'll break down and do it anyway. Then you'll quit for long enough that you can't even remember where you left off and it becomes difficult to even use Google to cheat.

You'll genuinely love it. Until it breaks you. Then you'll still feel like saying nice things about it, but you may not want to play anymore. Recommended for the smartest folks in the room and people who absolutely hate themselves.
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Mace Baby
( 29.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
A fun, easy little platformer that's a good way to spend a weekend.
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hotscorn
( 44.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
This is a metroidvania-ish game big on puzzles, especially that span many distant screens as the game goes on to solve. An unknown combination of bad translations and/or insane developers make a large part of this game ridiculous to solve without a walkthrough. Only play this if you're the kind of person that likes The Silmarillion kind of acadmic exploration of a fantasy world.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
354.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
It may be just the thing if your into Indiana Jones, finding crazy and mythical creatures that simply boggles the mind. Falling into traps and nearly making it out by the skin of your teeth.

La-Mulana is BALLS HARD and it is not for those who don't know how to stay on track or easily lost. Take notes people or if you fail at that. Play a guide....That is if you ever get stumped. This game does not hold your hand and you shouldn't expect it to. Your a professor. An Archeologist. A professional....Well, not as Professional as your dad but you will get there in time.

Collect relics across your journey deep within the ruins. Power your character up by destroying enemies and collecting green orbs left behind. Only way to heal a wounded adventurer in this game is a one simple hotspring and trust me. If your a newbie at this game. You bet your ♥♥♥♥♥♥ that its going to be the #1 spot to go to when your one hit away from death.

Also don't be ashamed at saving alot. You are going to have to. You see further into the game about 30 mins in you would get your first relic that lets you teleport to the Save Points Tablets hidden throughout the game. That too will be a helpful item to have.

Also...Melbruk is a hottie. Even if she is older then you by a millenia.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
57.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Gave up at what is probably the halfway point. It's balls-difficult and the puzzles are maddeningly obscure. Somehow, it's all still charming enough to make it a good time for awhile, but eventually I just stopped. I'll probably come back to it at some point, but it is only recommended with reservations. Sixty-ish hours in and I feel like I've barely scratched the surface.

You'll do everything you can not to Google solutions to tough spots... then you'll break down and do it anyway. Then you'll quit for long enough that you can't even remember where you left off and it becomes difficult to even use Google to cheat.

You'll genuinely love it. Until it breaks you. Then you'll still feel like saying nice things about it, but you may not want to play anymore. Recommended for the smartest folks in the room and people who absolutely hate themselves.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Amazing game, insane difficulty and worth every minute of exploration.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
great, but brutally difficult. try to resist the urge to consult guides and instead think like the archaeologist you play as; write everything down as you progress and piece it all together.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
37.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
The game keeps crashing on the final boss.
Truly, one of La-Mulana's most fiendish puzzles.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
84.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
I could write ten thousands of walls of text to describe how amazing this game is.

Do you like metroidvania like games? Do you like puzzle heavy games? Do you like dificult games? Then, La-Mulana is for y ou.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
212 of 245 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
114.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
A very hard, very deep and very fun metroidvania. I've never seen another game in this genre as close to perfection as this.

Be warned though, some puzzles can be very, VERY obtuse and often puzzles will have components in completely unrelated areas to that in which you are solving a puzzle.

Of course, this game makes no secret of reveling in unfair and brutal design. May God have mercy on your soul if you attempt the Hell Temple on Hard mode...
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190 of 225 people (84%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
60.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2013
Minimum Hardware Requirements:
Brain
Hands
Gluttony for punishment
Pen and paper
Internet connection (if all else fails)

Recommended Hardware:
Clairvoyance
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65 of 67 people (97%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
You read the description, you think: "Oh alright it is going to have some pretty tough puzzles but it is a 2D slasher RPG/Metroid thing...I'll eventually fight my way through.

NO.

NO.

You will die, you will be lost for ages. You will forget which way is up, what progress feels like, and dream of air control when jumping straight up. I played this game for 40+ hours, WITHOUT using a guide once. I eventually broke down and looked up the very next step I had to take. After that, I progressed and got stuck AGAIN. Looked up the guide for one more push and got stuck AGAIN. I felt defeated as when I found something out and moved forward, I would be stuck for another countless amount of hours.

I challenge anyone who reads this and hasn't played the game: Attempt the game without using a guide for as long as you can and truly feel what is is like to be helpless. I say to you, as a gamer this:

I personally believe one CANNOT beat this game without ever using a guide for assistance no matter how small the step.

The music, presentation, pull, exploration is top notch however! Buy this ♥♥♥♥ and experience utter hell (And maybe some enjoyment)
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65 of 67 people (97%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
126.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2015
Lamulana is a game where half-Japanese Indiana Jones goes into a temple for worshipping a lovecraftian elder god. He stays in there for months upon end and teleporting is the LEAST weirdest thing he has to do every few minutes.

Lamulana is a game where you MUST, and I mean MUUUUUUUST, write down EVERY glyph you find and EVERY conversation you have with a dead skeleton lying on the ground on a sheet of paper and tape it all onto the walls. Yes, your real, physical walls. Arrange them into a map based on WHERE in the La-Mulana ruins you found each note. Ready some strings and pins because you're going to need to make arbitrary connections with two notes in entirely different locations with possible relations.

Oh, the La-Mulana ruins? It's non-euclidean. That means it's full of distorted/repeating space connected by portals all over the place that doesn't make any sense at all. It drives a lesser man insane. BUT NOT YOU. NO. You note that all down, too! Oh, and you want to be able to fold each area so it'll become a 5x4 square, btw. Don't think about it too hard. Just keep that in the back of you're head because you're going to need it at the end game. Just saying, every area in the game might be shaped like a 4D donut with varying directions of gravity.

I went and took a sheet of paper and listed every lamulanese characters and its english equivalent. It took forever and I have no idea why I have no life and am such a loser. I was actually having fun. What is wrong with me. I learned to write an entirely fictional language.

http://i.imgur.com/WNFxC2s.jpg
(Me decyphering ancient tablets by hand.)

I disabled the glyph reader. It's a waste of virtual MSX laptop's memory. I can just read it right off the tablet. Both normal and inverted.

tl;dr La-Mulana is a pretty hard game, but you'll have so much fun pushing yourself to survive it all.
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