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  • Summary: Will you fall prey to deadly traps or unravel the secrets of LA-MULANA?

    LA-MULANA is an "Archaeological Ruin Exploration Action Game" in which you search inside ancient ruins, seeking out the "Secret Treasure of Life" - which sleeps in the sprawling ruins of
    Will you fall prey to deadly traps or unravel the secrets of LA-MULANA?

    LA-MULANA is an "Archaeological Ruin Exploration Action Game" in which you 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.

    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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 29, 2012
    90
    La Mulana is a gem of pure gameplay, based on exploration and old-school action. It may not appeal to everyone, for its formula and for its challenging difficulty, but those looking for a solid action adventure in 2D gloriousness should look no further.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    Nov 15, 2012
    84
    An extremely well thought-out metroidvania. While its fiendishly obscure puzzles are a source of endless frustration, hardcore fans of the genre are in for a treat. For others it may border on the unbeatable, so best prepare well! [Nov 2012]
  3. 4Players.de
    Nov 9, 2012
    83
    Behind the dusty retro-facade hides an arduous adventure that calls for brains as much as for sleight of hand.
  4. Aug 2, 2012
    80
    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.
  5. Nov 6, 2012
    80
    What makes La Mulana work is the way all its elements come together. It's never about straight combat, or platforming, or even puzzle solving, but rather a combination of the three at all times.
  6. Sep 17, 2012
    80
    There's a lot to admire in La-Mulana. After struggling to hit Western shores in its WiiWare incarnation for years, it's a treat to finally be able to play it. Actually, it's not a treat. It's a nightmare. But if the success of Dark Souls has proven anything, it's that there's a world of people out there who just want to be punished.
  7. Apr 29, 2013
    60
    La-Mulana won't appeal to the more casual players. Instead, it's for those who are masochistic with a fondness for 'Metroidvania' games - but even then, a high level of patience is required to get the most enjoyment out of this indie title.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
  1. Nov 8, 2018
    10
    its really good, but the puzzles can be fairly obtuse, and it is EXTREMELY big and open ended, so you can very easily get lost. while iits really good, but the puzzles can be fairly obtuse, and it is EXTREMELY big and open ended, so you can very easily get lost. while i absolutely love it, many people may not. combat can be pretty hard at times, but is fairly hard Expand
  2. Jun 27, 2014
    10
    An amazing game. People who think this has bad controls are crazy. It just has a characteristic jump, is all. The unique jump is used forAn amazing game. People who think this has bad controls are crazy. It just has a characteristic jump, is all. The unique jump is used for puzzles and is very easy once you get used to it. Just like Castlevania's and Super Metroid's (and Ghosts 'n' Goblins') slightly awkward jump, it really does not diminish from gameplay - it just makes it different.

    Everything about this game is amazingly designed. Great controls, great music, great graphics, and most of all, the puzzles. This game has an amazing sense of explorations, paralleled by none (except maybe Super Metroid) and it has a very unique style of environmental puzzle solving.

    I really don't want to waffle on too much at the moment, but suffice to say I think this is probably one of the pinnacles of game design as it currently exists. Must play. Requires a bit of patience, sure, but truly a must play.
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  3. Nov 5, 2012
    10
    As others have said this game is Hard. Any person who is used to the typical hand holding game of today's age will be unable to handle thisAs others have said this game is Hard. Any person who is used to the typical hand holding game of today's age will be unable to handle this game. The puzzle clues are cryptic and the user will have to learn a new culture and language very slowly as they divulge deeper into the depths of the ancient ruins. The difficulty is capable of being made even more brutal through an optional hard mode for the truly masochistic. It has been many years since I played a game as challenging, engaging, and rewarding as this game. Easily my favorite game of this decade. Expand
  4. Apr 22, 2015
    8
    La-Mulana is an excellent throwback to the MSX games from the mid 1980's. Though the controls may get hard to get used too, the game has aLa-Mulana is an excellent throwback to the MSX games from the mid 1980's. Though the controls may get hard to get used too, the game has a learning curve and physics from the first three Castlevania games made by Konami. The La-Mulana's puzzles are not for the casual-type of gamers and many of those who play the game for the first time may want to save screenshots of rooms and tablets found in the ruins to help you get clues for some of the more obscure puzzles. But, other than that the game is extremely difficult for those not with a mindset of a 'metroidvania' dungeon crawler with physics from the 8-bit era of games. La-Mulana is recommended for those who like a good challenge that pays off in the end Expand
  5. Jan 23, 2014
    2
    One of the best terrible games I've ever played. It's got great artwork, fun (though repetitive and quickly irritating) music, and a niceOne of the best terrible games I've ever played. It's got great artwork, fun (though repetitive and quickly irritating) music, and a nice nostalgic feel to it, but the gampelay is gimped by ridiculously antiquated concepts like infinitely respawning enemies, severe backwards recoil when hit, and worst of all, no mid-air motion. If you fall through a trap door, your controls are locked until you hit the ground. Honestly, I wanted to like this game. It's so charming it's almost difficult not to. But after the millionth time I failed to beat a boss that would have been easy if not for the rocks that fall and knock you back a quarter of the screen, I couldn't deal with it anymore. I wish the game followed its own advice and made me jump in my seat, instead of making me lean forward in my seat to turn it off. Expand
  6. Sep 24, 2013
    1
    Unplayable controls. Movements easily lag a half second behind inputs. In midair it's even worse. Can't jump onto OR off of ladders. Can onlyUnplayable controls. Movements easily lag a half second behind inputs. In midair it's even worse. Can't jump onto OR off of ladders. Can only attack directly in front of you. I'm all for difficult games but not when the difficulty stems from not being able to move your character properly. Expand
  7. Mar 28, 2016
    0
    A game totally wasted by such a horrible gameplay, I mean jump inertia is terrible. This is unacceptable for this genre. This is a joke, aA game totally wasted by such a horrible gameplay, I mean jump inertia is terrible. This is unacceptable for this genre. This is a joke, a real joke.
    No gameplay= no intesrest at all !
    Don't waste your money...
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