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La-Mulana is a remake of the original La-Mulana released in 2005. It is an explorable platformer / metroidvania, or, as described by the authors "Archaeological Ruin Exploration Action Game" with hardcore difficulty of platforming action and puzzles. The vast world of the original game was rebuilt from the ground up with various tweaks made to the gameplay and presentation:
  • Visually the game now resembles 32-bit 2D games of PlayStation and Sega Saturn era;
  • The soundtrack was rearranged with different instruments in tone with the new presentation;
  • Many puzzles were altered to be more accessible and some were removed all together, while the difficulty of the actual gameplay was generally increased;
  • The location of many items was modified; new rooms, enemies and items were added;
  • New sub-bosses were added; many of earlier sub-bosses and all the Guardian bosses were significantly modified (both in terms of presentation and behaviour patterns);
  • In-game software system was tweaked, all references to classic MSX games were removed);
  • Many control issues and minor gameplay elements were corrected based on players' feedback.
This remake was first released on Nintendo's WiiWare service. Due to the file-size limitations it didn't include the optional content - Hell Temple area and Time Attack mode, which were later available as additional download in Japan. The later PC port includes this content within the base game. The PS Vita version, called La-Mulana EX, features further improvements to the gameplay as well as new bestiary and rearrangement of several item placements.


La-Mulana Windows Title screen
La-Mulana Windows When you see areas like this you know you're close to the end of the game
La-Mulana Windows One of the first puzzles is to figure out how to get across
La-Mulana Windows This monster is invincible (so far)

Promo Images

La-Mulana Screenshot
La-Mulana Screenshot
La-Mulana Avatar
La-Mulana Render


Alternate Titles

  • "La-Mulana EX" -- PS Vita title

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Nintendo Life Wii Sep 21, 2012 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Vandal Online Wii Sep 20, 2012 9 out of 10 90 Windows Jul 24, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Official Nintendo Magazine Wii Sep 25, 2012 88 out of 100 88
Game Informer Magazine Wii Oct 26, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85 PS Vita Mar 06, 2015 83 out of 100 83
Destructoid Windows Aug 01, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Gamegravy PS Vita Mar 15, 2015 8 out of 10 80
NintendoWorldReport Wii Oct 01, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
Digital Spy Windows Apr 28, 2013 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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