July 12th, 2012 | By Dominic Tarason
La-Mulana is one of my favourite freeware games, and will officially become one of my favourite retail ones come the release of the remake tomorrow. We’ll have our full review up before long, but newcomers need to bear something in mind: This is Metroidvania meets Dark Souls. The game is huge, non-linear and doesn’t hesistate to kill you again and again until you get the message. While things are more straightforward and accessible than in the 8-bit original, it’s still not an easy ride. Thankfully, handy tutorial character Mulbruk is here to guide you through your first forays into the ancient ruins. Nobody told her she had to be nice about it, though. Sucks, doesn’t it?
I fully approve of this sort of silliness. I wonder how many other games could do with tutorials like this? Maybe a guide to X-Com from a skittish grunt, sure that he’s going to be the first on the firing line once you’re in command. Anyhow, the tutorial above recommends you check out the official manual here. Right now it’s fairly hastily translated by the programmers themselves (English is their second language, but it’s nice that they try anyway), but I’ve been assured that localization crew Playism are going to give it a once-over by the time the game launches tomorrow. If nothing else, it’s worth it for the many amusing cartoon illustrations, detailing the many misadventures of demi-ninja/archaeologist Lemeza Kosugi.