Mulaka – First 25 Minutes of Gameplay and Impressions | PS4

Mulaka

I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of Mulaka, but it’s a game that you should probably check out. It’s an indie game created my developer Lienzo and dives into the rich indigenous culture of the native Tarahumara people.

Renowned for their impressive running abilities, embark on the journey of a Sukurúame – a Tarahumara shaman – as you fight back the foulness corrupting the land, while drawing upon the powers of demigods. Solve puzzles in environments inspired by real Sierra Tarahumara locations. Engage in heated hand-to-hand combat with creatures pulled from the region’s mythology and find out why the Tarahumara have earned a reputation for being superhumans.

What I like about this is that the game is how authentic it is. It was developed hand in hand with anthropologists and local Tarahumara people, integrating their culture and myths. It even utilizes authentic Raramuri dialogue. I really appreciate the fact that Mulaka is not only a game, but also a cultural lesson into a people that I would have not known anything about.

So what else do I think about the game so far? Read on to find out.

For starters, the art in Mulaka has a really unique look to it. A lot of it is really geometric, built out of multiple, solid colored polygons. It kind of has a dreamlike look to it which makes sense since your character is also able to see into the spiritual plane. The art style is different and I think helps make Mulaka really stand out.

Gameplay wise, the game is like a 3D action platformer with puzzle solving elements. You do a lot of traveling by foot and luckily you can actually run quickly when you want to. It’s not just a slightly faster walk. There’s also no stamina usage so you can run for as long as you want. Next up s the combat which is pretty simplistic with just a few button presses, but it’s very effective. There are normal attacks and strong attacks as well as evade moves. You don’t have to learn crazy combos though so it makes combat easier. Lastly there are puzzle elements, which for the most part seem to be mainly environmental. All-in-all it’s got a little bit of everything in it.

From what I’ve played so far of Mulaka, it’s really good. The culture and lore that it’s built on seems very interesting and engaging and I genuinely want to find out more about it. It also helps that Mulaka is pleasant to look at with solid gameplay and easy to learn controls. With that said, Mulaka seems like a game that should be worth getting. I’ll know more as I progress further into the game.


Received preview code from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.

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