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.
- 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