La-Mulana 1 & 2 is coming to Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Publisher NIS has also confirmed this whip-cracking adventure for a 2020 release date.
This platforming adventure game takes players into an ancient temple–rumored to hold the origin of civilization and sets adventurers against a wealth of traps, puzzles, and monsters. Succeed and a range of riches lie in store. Fail and it is a good thing this is a video game. A long-running series, La-Mulana saw a PC version of these titles in 2013 and 2018 respectively although that’s not the first time players have stepped into the temple of La-Mulana. Originally released back in 2005 in Japan, the first La-Mulana game was rebuilt from the ground up for the WiiU and then the more recent PC ports. A Kickstarter funded the sequel, which we reviewed recently, and now Console owners will be able to enjoy both these titles and their 16-bit retro aesthetics in one package.
Focusing on Lemeza Kosugi, a professor of archaeology, the first title follows a protagonist as he sets about exploring the lost temple of La-Mulana. Utilizing a whip and the player’s wits, Lemeza must navigate an especially difficult series of challenges. With several boss encounters and even complete dead ends, La-Mulana is designed to prey on players who explore with reckless abandon. The follow up to the first game retains these unforgiving features but introduces our original hero’s daughter Lumisa Kosugias she largely follows in her father’s footsteps and delves into a new set of ruins called the Eg-Lana.
Both games follow a Metroidvania style approach with no lengthy tutorials and little forgiveness for mistakes. As a seasoned explorer, you are expected to know what you’re doing and act accordingly. If you can fight off the hordes of monsters then La-Mulana 1&2 features a huge set of ruins to explore, and ancient riddles to solve. If you are up to the challenge then NIS also unveiled the Hidden Treasures Edition. This collects both titles physically for the first time with unique additions, such as a hardcover art book, jigsaw puzzle, and full soundtrack (original and arranged). You can find out more about both games over on the official NIS Store now.