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Current game squee: La-Mulana
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:29:32 am »
So guys.

1. Take old-school Castlevania (specifically, CV2)
2. Throw in some metroid
3. Make it Indiana Jones themed
4. Take out the day/night nonsense
5. Instead of looking for Dracula's body parts, you're exploring ancient ruins searching for the origin of life.
6. Very cryptic puzzles a la Castlevania 2, only the clues actually make sense and the puzzles are solvable
7. No grinding


If you're interested (and you never heard of this game), it's called La-Mulana (specifically, the remake).  And it's fucking brilliant.




This game got introduced to me a few years back.  I tried it for a bit, didn't think much of it other than it was kind of cool, then put it down.  But I picked it up again about 2 weeks ago, got really into it, and now I can't put it down.  It's amazing.  I just had to share it on here.


Has anyone else played this game?  I haven't beaten it yet... I just got through the endless corridor and unlocked the Twin Labyrinths.

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Re: Current game squee: La-Mulana
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2018, 03:25:52 am »
There are differences between the 2 versions, some pretty serious (like the way some bosses work, some riddles etc.) I couldn't put it down in either iteration, as the story is quite good and the soundtrack is really amazing (I liked it a bit more in the freeware version, I think - I sincerely recommend you to give it a listen). I've beaten them both a long, long time ago, but I still remember some locations quite vividly (especially the ones related to the Giants). Also, there's a sequel in the works!
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Re: Current game squee: La-Mulana
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2018, 05:59:14 am »
On which platform is this ?

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Re: Current game squee: La-Mulana
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2018, 09:26:15 am »
Should be on at least GOG and Steam.

I took a stab at the game long ago, before the remake was released, and it failed to grab me – it just wasn't clear at all where you were supposed to go.  But of course I'd like to try again someday.
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Re: Current game squee: La-Mulana
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2018, 11:20:58 am »
I didn't even link the trailer in my original post!  Shame on me:
https://youtu.be/okWHGsKpUYE


On which platform is this ?

PC, Mac.  But I think there are also Wii and PS Vita ports.  Possibly some others.  Like Jorpho said you can get it on Gog/Steam

There are differences between the 2 versions, some pretty serious (like the way some bosses work, some riddles etc.)

Kind of like with Spelunky, I played the remake first, and it made the original seem like it wasn't worth it.  Maybe I'll try it again someday.

it just wasn't clear at all where you were supposed to go.

Figuring out 'where to go' is sort of like Dark Souls -- you just start exhausting the possible paths until they hit a dead end and you figure out how to open up new paths.

And that's kind of the thing.  Everything is a riddle.  You have to read every sign, and scan every skeleton.  I'm straight up taking notes on like pen and paper.

The clues are there, they're just scattered around, and you have to piece them together and figure out wtf they mean.  I've been able to get as far as I am without looking anything up (except for one 'gotcha' in the Gate of Illusion that was really lame
Spoiler:
where you have to press down on some non-descript spot to drop into a secret room
... I cheated to figure that out).


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Re: Current game squee: La-Mulana
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2018, 08:03:19 pm »
I played the original first, then the remake. The Original was guideless EXCEPT for maps, the Remake was ENTIRELY guideless.

The original's puzzles are more elaborate and the game is more difficult except when it comes to bosses. The remake flips it around, making bosses harder than the puzzles.

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Re: Current game squee: La-Mulana
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2018, 09:27:24 pm »
I played some of the free version of La Mulana, but I eventually gave up after several game breaking bugs cropped up, I still wanna finish it one of these days.

One of the bugs involved all the text becoming invisible because the game somehow mistook its coloring as transparency, once I knew about that it was a simple edit to the graphics to get back on track... after several hours of exploring blindly.

The real game breaker though was one of the bosses crashing the game every time it was fought, which is why I gave up that run.
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Re: Current game squee: La-Mulana
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2018, 12:08:42 am »
yea dude, this game is really something, a real masterpiece! nothing beats it when it comes to exploration and hard, rewarding puzzles! you'll really have to persevere to actually beat this one, it's pretty demanding, especially if you go for a late-game optional dungeon or run in hard mode. hard mode can be triggered accidentally, so if it happens to you, i fear for your sanity!

also, if you happen to lay it off for a while, you may find that it's really hard to remember all the intricacies of its labyrinthine spaces, abstract puzzles interwoven with cryptic mythology, mechanisms and all sorts of contrived devices hidden in the most unexpected places and behind arbitrary puzzles. do it over few evenings, unless you have the memory of an elephant!

aside from that, it's simply wannabe archeologist's wet dream! really hope the sequel doesn't disappoint.

edit: oh yeah, and i really appreciate how the game opens up like a fractal. the deeper you go the more opens up for you. there are spaces within spaces within folds of spaces, it's really cool this way! :)

edit 2: added exclamation marks because it's supposed to be a squee ain't it. also science says that you seem more honest on the internets when you're using exclamation marks, so there!
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Re: Current game squee: La-Mulana
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2018, 02:12:35 am »
I played some of the free version of La Mulana, but I eventually gave up after several game breaking bugs cropped up, I still wanna finish it one of these days.

One of the bugs involved all the text becoming invisible because the game somehow mistook its coloring as transparency, once I knew about that it was a simple edit to the graphics to get back on track... after several hours of exploring blindly.

The real game breaker though was one of the bosses crashing the game every time it was fought, which is why I gave up that run.
Two things I advise you:
1. Compatibility Settings
Reduced Color Mode: 16-Bit (65536 colors)

2. Make a batch (.BAT) file with the following command:
Code: [Select]
Start "La-Mulana" /high "lamulana.exe"Basically all it does is run the game with High Priority (prevents MASSIVE frame dips that happens on post-XP OSs)

This is what I did to run it on Windows 10.

Also, I'm surprised OP didn't mention MSX's Knightmare II Maze of Galious, as that was the main influence for La-Mulana.

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Re: Current game squee: La-Mulana
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2018, 06:54:08 am »
Thanks, I'll actually copy-paste that and use it later, the laptop I was running the game on died awhile back, so I might have less technical difficulties with this one.

Didn't they start out remaking Maze of Galious? But then they realized that it wasn't what they wanted and took it in a different direction.
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Re: Current game squee: La-Mulana
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2018, 01:49:06 pm »
It originally started as a game similar to Maze of Galious, but with scrolling screens, rather than screen transition:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1yP_be9IyI

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Re: Current game squee: La-Mulana
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2018, 10:58:36 am »
La-Mulana is great. I've only played the original though. I started playing it when the translation was released and finished it seven years later or so. I still have the notes I took lying here.

Spoiler:

I still listen to the music sometimes. It was always a treat when finding a new area.

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Re: Current game squee: La-Mulana
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2018, 08:52:48 am »
I never gave the game a second look before but now that you have encouraged me to look up some clips on youtube, I'm putting it on my wishlist right now!