Niche Gamer Plays – La-Mulana 2

Niche Gamer Plays is an ongoing video preview series where our staff take an in-depth and yet concise look at classic, current, and upcoming games across all current gaming platforms.

I had the wonderful opportunity to get my hands on indie Japanese studio Nigoro’s love-letter to metroidvania games, La-Mulana 2, prior to its release.

While I’m still wrapping up playing through the game for my thorough review, I streamed a few hours of it just before release, which you can view above.

I actually interviewed La-Mulana creator and Nigoro boss Takumi Naramura back in 2014 when La-Mulana 2 was initially crowdfunded. We talked up the sequel and how it shapes up when compared to the original – you should check it out!

Here’s a rundown on the game:


La-Mulana was known as a “Metroidvania” style game (a 2D action platformer with an emphasis on non-linear exploration). That said, the real core of the game is in deciphering the riddles scattered about the game, and solving the puzzles that exist as part of the ruins.

Key Features:

  • Become an adventurer and explore sprawling ancient ruins
  • Gather hints to solve the various mysteries of your adventure
  • Dive into the action as you fight off tough enemies seeking to stop your progress
  • A detailed and beautifully dot-rendered world
  • Seven main weapons and over ten sub-weapons
  • Over 60 items of various types to help you explore the ruins
  • Over 20 apps to install on your trusty adventurer’s tablet, the “Mobile Super X 3”
  • Includes reference book with over 200 monsters and other characters in the game

La-Mulana 2 is now available for Windows PC across SteamGOG, the Playism Store, and the Humble Store, for $24.99. We’ll have a thorough review for the game in a few days.

Brandon Orselli

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