La-Mulana 2!

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Par wyrdwad

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29-07-2018, 10:24

In less than 48 hours, La-Mulana 2 will be available, at long last!

The remake version of La-Mulana 1 on PC was the game that ultimately put me over the edge and made me decide to buy an MSX system 3 years ago (despite never having owned one growing up, being a U.S. resident), so I owe a lot to that game -- and it helps that it really is one of the best games I've ever played! So I'm REALLY, REALLY PSYCHED for the sequel, which looks every bit as good as the first game. Check out the trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E3HKRRfcWU

For those who don't know, La-Mulana was a game created by a guy named Takumi Naramura and his team, Nigoro, heavily inspired by the MSX games he played growing up -- especially Maze of Galious. The original freeware version of La-Mulana was even designed to mimic an actual MSX1 game, utilizing MSX screen restrictions, sprite restrictions, palette restrictions, and a Konami SCC+ soundtrack -- and while the later remake version for Windows PC, Wii, and Vita was more 32-bit in style, it still retained its MSX-inspired roots, and felt very much like an upgraded MSX game. So yeah... while La-Mulana and La-Mulana 2 may not be actual MSX games, they're still very much homages to MSX gaming, and if you've never played the first one, I HIGHLY recommend it!

Anybody else on the edge of their seat waiting for this sequel? ;)

-Tom

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Par Grauw

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29-07-2018, 11:18

Is that original version still available? I've read good things about it, and that it has a bunch of MSX references in the game which were taken out of the remake version.

Par wyrdwad

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29-07-2018, 11:25

Grauw wrote:

Is that original version still available? I've read good things about it, and that it has a bunch of MSX references in the game which were taken out of the remake version.

As far as I know, yes. It was released online for free (I think largely because Naramura-san couldn't charge money for it with all those Konami references present), so there should be copies of it floating around all across the internet. I know for sure it's been fan-translated to English, too.

The remake version is definitely a better game, though, even with most of the MSX references removed. The puzzles and general gameplay were improved considerably, with the bosses in particular being NOTABLY less frustrating and more well-balanced.

-Tom

Par sd_snatcher

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29-07-2018, 20:08

Grauw wrote:

Is that original version still available? I've read good things about it, and that it has a bunch of MSX references in the game which were taken out of the remake version.

Tip: This site has the original game and the English patch.

Par Manuel

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29-07-2018, 21:23

I played the original La-Mulana game a lot (via Wine), and it's really hard indeed. But it's terrific! Really worth it. It was kind of spoiled for me though, as I watched DeceasedCrab's "Let's Play La-Mulana" in all of its glorious episodes before playing it years ago.

Par max_iwamoto

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30-07-2018, 06:06

Grauw wrote:

Is that original version still available? I've read good things about it, and that it has a bunch of MSX references in the game which were taken out of the remake version.

Yes, the original game is the best in my opinion for the MSX fan. It features MSX computers & cartridges and let you even combine them. But it's very hard. I originally liked the creators idea to make game hard, but when you trying to do the same thing 3 tines in a row and have to restart and spend hours to get to the same point, you really start thinking about playing re-mastered edition where saving & puzzles are much easier.

For the re-mastered edition I personally prefer the PS VITA version. You can play it on PS VITA or Playstation TV.

Par santiontanon

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30-07-2018, 10:31

I played through the original version too, amazing game! But it took me months to go through it, and got stuck many times (specially in "the confusion"!). Eagerly awaiting the sequel, although I'd have loved to have a version with "classic" graphics Smile

(only 8 hours and 30 mins to go until it's released at the time of writing this message!)

Par wyrdwad

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30-07-2018, 11:09

I really like the 32-bit look of the remake La-Mulana, and the slightly updated take on it in La-Mulana 2, but the MSX1 look of the original was also incredibly charming. I've always wanted to see someone actually back-port the game to MSX, even if I know it's... kind of impossible due to the sheer size of it. I still think it could be done with a little creativity and... an IMMENSE amount of effort, though! Heheh. And it would absolutely be worth it to play La-Mulana on a real MSX! That would just be so cool. Wink

-Tom

Par Randam

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30-07-2018, 19:33

Indeed Wyrdwad: a back ported version of La mulana or Gr3 for that matter would be awesome. Those games are so much like MSX games that it is a shame they are not on a real MSX.

Glad to hear that La Mulana 2 is almost out. Will totally love any minute of playing it, I'm sure.

Par santiontanon

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31-07-2018, 01:23

The game is actually out already! I have already installed and played for 20 - 30 mins today. So far it feels pretty good!! The first areas are basically the same exact maps from La Mulana (since you are supposed to be going back to the same ruins). So, it's a weird sensation to be going again through the same rooms! But pretty cool so far! Tomorrow more!

Par Randam

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25-11-2018, 23:06

In case any people need more reasons to play La Mulana 2, there are quite some references from MSX games in there:

- Your Laptop is an Mobile Super X3.
- Fobos is working on a computer clearly showing an MSX Basic screen
- There are carbuncle creatures walking around
- Ash Geen is AshGuine from the series
- Aytum is from Xanadu
- Bargain Duck might refer to the duck in Sorcerer Lulba
- The shopkeeper called BTK is Butako from Shalom
- Enimul is referring to Animal Land
- Fairylan might refer to Fairyland from Hydlide 3
- Haja is from Haja no Fuuin
- Hiro Roderick is from the game H.E.R.O.
- Shopkeeper Hydlit refers to Hydlide though he looks more like a bonze from Hydlide 2
- Shopkeeper Kero appears to be inspired by Gillian Seed
- Mino refers to the minotaur from Last Armageddon
- Peibalusa is Pay-Valusa from tritorn
- Pym is the shopkeeper from the first village in Ys 1
- The shopkeeper Sykick is from cosmic soldier psychic wars 2
- Shuhoka is From J-E-S-U-S
- Venum is of course Dr. Venom from Gradius 2 and onwards

There might be other things since I haven't finished it yet or just references I missed.

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