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Love this game. It's hard, it's fun, it's rightfully unforgiving, and it's very open-ended. And boy does it have a lot of ability-bestowing relics to find; there is no such thing as a small-game treasure chest. Every treasure chest has an important and, for the most part, unique item. To me, that's the perfect formula to make every small accomplishment feel like a big one.

Just one complaint: Every now and then, I hit a switch and I have no idea what it did because it changed something in a far away room. It's not easy actively scouring the ruins for changes, but thankfully the game is so open-ended that I can just find a new place and choose to explore that instead. Eventually one day I'll unwittingly find myself climbing a ladder in the first world, saying to myself "was this always here?"



By the way, La-Mulana is coming to Wiiware this winter.
http://la-mulana.com/en/category/blog

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I started to play this today. I can't believe how epic it is.

Also,I love it when it's difficult! I just need to save my game :P

Edit : Had problems getting inside ruins but finally managed do it. Oh I hate those birds.

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Bumping since this has now been rereleased on PC, no longer free but majorly updated graphically and in some other areas: http://www.playism-games.com/games/lamulana/

(edit - the free version is still free though :))

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I am still waiting for a DSiware or 3DS Ware release - VVVVVV finally got released so my hopes are not exactly yet lost completely.

Plus I don't think I really like the graphical update, looking at the video it feels really edgy at places (I'd have to actually play it to be sure though)

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You may be waiting a while. Nicalis completely dropped La-Mulana, leaving Nigoro in the rain.

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La-Mulana 2 releases today!

After a few gazillion years in development La-Mulana 2 will release today to much surprise of everyone who followed its development because a bit over a week ago they were still dealing with "a bug report every 30 minutes". I am excited. Are you excited?

La-Mulana 2 on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/835430/LaMulana_2/

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I've been following it with interest. I never preordered, and might give it a week or two in case any majors bugs pop up initially, but I'll definitely be buying it.

A La Mulana without an existing FAQ. What an idea!
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Apparently you can get a discount if you own the first game and get the bundle.

Needed more hints than I'd like for LM1. Still loved it and hope to do better this time around.

Played for several hours now. With the exception of some initial keybind setup troubles, everything's been smooth. Too early to go into more detail, of course.
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I'll ask this much: Does La Mulana 2 share the completely awful jumping controls of the predecessor? You know, where you can only jump straight up unless you jump while moving, in which ccase your jump arc is set and completely immalleable from that point forward? And walking off of platforms causes you to go straight down, no exceptions?

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No, the jump controls are drastically improved.

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I'll ask this much: Does La Mulana 2 share the completely awful jumping controls of the predecessor? You know, where you can only jump straight up unless you jump while moving, in which ccase your jump arc is set and completely immalleable from that point forward? And walking off of platforms causes you to go straight down, no exceptions?

Walking off the edges stayed the same actually, but the rest has been improved immensely, including movement speed being upped slightly (as far as I can tell). The way it is it is a pleasure to move around.

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Gonna necro this thread a bit.

La Mulana 2 is just fantastic.



EDIT: Okay maybe I can talk a bit more about this. La mulana 2 improves upon the systems of the main game in most ways that matter.

Combat feels nicer; enemies react to being hit, the weapons feel meatier, and I find myself using stuff apart from the whip and the dagger more consistently. Physics feel nicer. Jumping is way less awful, except for if you trip and fall off a ledge. You can jump to attach to ladders and drop down from ladders, too.

The game does a much better job of teaching you some systems. It eases you into a few ideas with a much more forgiving hand than the original.

An initial complaint (?) that I ended up not really caring about, is many of the items, ideas, weapons from the first game come over almost exactly. There might be a reason for this, but it's easy to come at this thinking it's just a ripoff of the first one. Well, try not to let this bother you; the experience crafted with what they do with the same items and ideas is completely different, while still making sense in the context of La Mulana. If Metroid can get away with this trick, so can this game.

The game is still an utter labyrinth once you get your feet wet a little. Plenty of thoughts and riddles and exploration to juggle. It's a joy to put the proverbial 2 and 2 together, and exploration is significantly more enjoyable this time around (in my opinion). But getting lost is half the fun for me. The environments are great. The bosses are great (and actually, uh, approachable this time around).

And, strangely, I've found the lore in La Mulana 2 significantly more compelling and fleshed out than the first. Rather, it puts the events of the first game in to a much crisper context than I expected, even having *just* played the first. So much so, one could make a pretty good argument for playing this game without having experienced LM1.

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