La-Mulana Release Thread
(Is this retro adventure one of WiiWare's last great titles? Find out below)
Release Date: Available now in North America and Europe.
No. of Players: 1 player
Category: Action, Adventure
Publisher: EnjoyUp Games
Wii Points: 1000
Are you ready to survive all types of traps and discover all the secrets of LA-MULANA?
LA-MULANA is the most complete "archaeology action and exploration" game ever created. Take control of Professor Lemeza and his inseparable whip to discover the mysteries of Humanity! Face all types of traps, enemies and Guardians in the greatest adventure every created for WiiWare. In LA-MULANA you will explore vast temples and, most importantly, you will have the feeling of total immersion. Each mechanism, trap or puzzle you solve will be a great achievement.
- The best "archaeology action and exploration" game.
- Over 40 hours of play.
- Hundreds of puzzles and secrets to be discovered.
- Wide variety of weapons and objects you can use.
- Use the "Mobile Super X" computer to run help software.
- Large quantity of enemies with spectacular guardians.
(Youtube) The History Of La-Mulana - Launch Trailer
(Youtube) WiiWare Gameplay Trailer
Nintendo Life - 10/10:
"It's been a long wait, but WiiWare fans can now finally get their hands on this lesser known indie classic. Beating it can be an incredibly daunting task for less experienced players, but despite all of the difficult puzzles and fights there are lots of features that make the experience much less frustrating than you'd think it would be. With this title's significant size, if you can't beat one area you can just go to another first, so there are always options to progress. The lack of DLC is a bit of a disappointment, but the basic game is still, in a word: perfect." - (Full Review)
GamesTM - 8/10:
"It's an extraordinarily hard game, and the type of time sink that many won't be prepared for. While La-Mulana doesn't feel the need to kick you all the way back to the beginning every time you die, there's every chance you'll get so lost in its maze of pillars, vases and idols that you'll wish you had been. Like Fez, it'll probably take more than a few trips to the internet to get yourself through to the end, although there's nothing quite like that games community-driven puzzle-solving to really lose yourself in.
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." - (Full Review)
Wii's World - 90/100:
"Though La-Mulana is not without a few things that might make more casual players balk, it also happens to be one of the best 2D titles in years and an amazing tribute to the days of early 80's gaming. It might be tricky at times and players will suffer, but that is part of what marks a truly great adventure." - (Full Review)
Game Podunk - 8/10:
"La-Mulana is an incredibly well done game that will appeal to certain gamers. Those who grew up with these kind of games or who love a real challenge will flock to it. Some who are on the fence might even find the challenge addicting after giving it a shot. Then there are the crowd who will balk at how unfair it is at times. That's the nature of the beast with La-Mulana and it is quite a journey if you can survive it." - (Full Review)
Destructoid - 8.0/10:
"A handful of players will pick up La-Mulana and fall in love instantly. It'll be exactly the kind of cutthroat trial that they've always craved but could never experience. For most, the difficulty wall will simply be too high. It's criminal to walk away from such a brilliant gem, which is why I endorse the use of wikis, maps, and guides. There's no shame in getting a little outside help. In fact, I think it adds a meta element to the campaign. In a game about archaeological expedition, why wouldn't you refer to the notes and directions of previous explorers? As long as you leverage these materials sparingly, you can transform your despair into enjoyment. The game will still be hard as balls, but it'll feel much more manageable.
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." - (Full Review)
What are your thoughts on La-Mulana?
It sounds like a great game if you're looking for a challenge!
With the Wii's life cycle coming to an end I doubt that this will do very well, but hopefully it'll get second chance once the Wii U is available.