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.”
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

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
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
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
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
2 people found this review funny
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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