It belongs in a museum!
If there’s one element that it feels modern game design has largely left in the past, it’s mystery. There are some bastions of it still around today, such as the delightfully esoteric Dark Souls series, but most games these days just aren’t made to have impenetrable secrets. By that, we mean of the sort that can grind progression to a complete halt unless you get down to business. Just think, how many times in recent memory have you had to use an actual notepad to keep track of what’s going on in a game? How many times has a game really stumped you? A lot of games these days are too quick to give a solution to the flailing gamer. La-Mulana is not one of them.
La-Mulana will beat you. La-Mulana will laugh at you. And, most importantly, La-Mulana will not give up its secrets as easily as you’re used to. You will curse this game’s name many times over as you traipse through its maddening maze, all on a quest for a vague McGuffin of a treasure that you’re not even sure you really want to find. You’ll despise the difficulty, yes, but you’ll also find that it’s nearly impossible to put La-Mulana down once it’s got its hooks in you.
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