My name is Lemeza Kosugi and when I am not busy teaching archeology, I
seek out undiscovered ruins and their secrets. Not too long ago, a note
arrived from my long-lost father, exclaiming “Eventually, I found it. I’ve
won!”. Seems like the old man finally did it: he found La-Mulana, the
ancient temple that holds the ancient knowledge hidden from mankind for all
these years. With my trusty laptop and my whip, I have set out to plumb the
depths of this ancient temple to see what treasures I can find...
La-Mulana is an “Archaeological Ruin Exploration Action Game” in the vein of classic MSX platformers. As a daring archaeologist you venture inside the ancient ruins of the Mayan city La-Mulana, seeking out the Secret Treasure of Life. Apart from the plethora of traps lying in wait to stop intruders, 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. Will you fall prey to treacherous traps and gruesome guardians or unravel the secrets of La-Mulana?
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE 10+ with Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Bad Language, Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 2 GHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c, with at least 128MB of VRAM , 500MB HDD, sound card fully compatible with DirectX 9.0c, Mouse, Keyboard. This little program can tell you if your PC can play La Mulana. Patched to version 220.127.116.11
Posted on 2012-10-04 06:42:44 byCordableTuna:
This game is possibly the largest metroidvania in existence. It took me a good 35 hours to play through and even that was with quite a few hints for the late game puzzles.
La-Mulana is hard and rewarding. It's got huge setpiece bosses, items that change the gameplay, great music and a plot you'll care about. If this game had been released for the Playstation 1, we'd be talking about it in the same breath as Symphony of the Night.
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Posted on 2012-10-04 08:59:40 byCedr:
What? Another retro looking indie 2D platformer? That sure sounds refreshing, am I right? But don't worry, La-Mulana couldn't be any more different from those typical hipster indie platformers, that try so hard to be different, deep, meaningful "are-we-art-yet?" projects. La-Mulana is just Metroidvania done right.
This popular subgenre is getting lot of love from players, but notread more that much love from the developers. Latest Metroidvania example would probably be Dark Souls, which despite it's 3rd person RPG hack&slash mechanics has strong Metroidvania backbone. I'm actually mentioning Dark Souls for a reason. If you never heard of La-Mulana you can just imagine 2D version of Dark Souls with Indiana Jones theme and some pretty heavy puzzles thrown into this mix.
La-Mulana is challenging and unforgiving game that doesn't hold your hand. You'll die a lot, you'll get desperate and you'll be forced to pick up actual notebook to jot down and even draw some clues. But you'll love it. You'll be slowly getting better and you'll learn to anticipate traps and figure out puzzles and enemy patterns. You'll slowly get better equipment, you'll get better in your attacks and transform into experienced treasure hunter much like Indiana Jones. But once you'll begin to feel at home in these vast ancient ruins one of the midboss or boss fights happens and you'll be quickly reminded how dangerous exploring can be.
If you still think price tag is bit steep for 2D indie game, bear in mind La-Mulana isn't some 2 hour long retro looking experiment, it's a fully-fledged and extensive game that outlasts pretty much every AAA title released in past few years. Your first playthrough will EASILY be 30-50+ hours. La-Mulana was made with extreme amount of attention to the detail and level design is full of secrets, challenging puzzles and -forgive me for using that word- really epic bossfights.
If the video games were developed with even 10% of passion that was put into La-Mulana world would be a better place.
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Posted on 2012-10-04 07:15:30 bydominicwhite:
Imagine if Castlevania: SOTN, Dark Souls and Myst had a baby. Now add a dash of classic MSX cave-explorer Maze of Galious and you're most of the way there.
La-Mulana is a game about scale and patience. It's an action platformer that'll take you 20+ hours to complete on your first playthrough. The game-world is enormous, and just when you think you've seen it all, it doubles inread more size. The puzzles are complex and require patience, observation and an almoare genuinely archaeological mindset. Combat almost takes a back-seat to thought. Almost. And then you factor in dozens of interesting and well-designed bosses.
It's not an easy game, but it's a great one.
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