La-Mulana is a game where you pretend to be an archaeologist exploring a massive set of monster-infested ruins. It is a 2D platformer in the style of Super Metroid or the newer Castlevania games. There are lots of puzzles in every area and lots of traps that will kill you if you are foolish enough to set them off. It is also stupidly, frustratingly hard.
adventure! oh boy!
Seriously, this game is really hard. Some of the puzzles are so hard that you are going to have to get a piece of paper and take notes. The monsters aren't particularly hard, but some of the bosses had me wondering what to do. I really don't know how to describe how difficult/frustrating/rewarding this game is. If you are the kind of person who uses a walkthrough, this is not a game you should be playing. If you are the kind of person who throws controllers, this is not a game for you.
don't worry, no one else has any idea whats going on in this picture either
So what do you actually do in this game? You walk around, jump like a basketball player, and hit monsters with a whip. There are switches within the ruins that need to be pressed to open chests and doors, move things around, drop spikes on your head, or other less obvious things. I am trying really hard not to be specific and spoil the game.
of course there are annoying birds
There are lots of traps. There are so many that you won't be able to recognize all of them as traps. Do you like being randomly struck by lightning? Do you like being crushed by boulders covered in spikes? If you said yes, this is a game you will enjoy.
this is going to be a familiar image to anyone who has played the game
If you can get over the absurd level of difficulty, La-Mulana is an extremely rewarding, well-crafted game. There is an incredible feeling of accomplishment when you solve a puzzle or destroy a giant robot riding a dragon. There are also tons of secrets that you simply won't find unless you play the game through several times or someone tells you where they are.
THE GIANT FACE WILL BE DISPLEASED IF YOU DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME
You can buy it on steam for 15$.