Mulaka-Review Mulaka Review

   15/03/2018 at 17:57       Chris OToole       0 COMMENTS. - Score 4/5
 - Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, Platformer, Adventure

Mulaka is one beautiful looking game, taking art cues from the Tarahumara, a real life indigenous culture from northern Mexico, everything has a solid, colourful, whittled from wood look that suits it down to it's beautifully rendered ground. Even the music is perfectly suited as the tunes are also performed using traditional instruments.

As Mulaka begins you find yourself in the shoes of the titular character himself, a Sukurúame, a type of Tarahumara Shaman gifted with the power of shape-shifting and vision with which you can see into another dimension revealing hidden items, platforms and enemies. Your task is to rid the land of a terrifying evil which permeates the earth and the wildlife, which is mutated and in a very bad mood.

There is more than a touch of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess about Mulaka, and this is no bad thing. Combat is fun and often takes place in the pop up mini arenas which disappear when you have cleared the baddies, much like the aforementioned Zelda game. You even unlock a Puma transformation later into the game which harkens back to wolf Link. Though in Mulaka you'll also end up unlocking the abilities a bird, a snake and a bear. Handy for mopping up those secrets you couldn't quite reach when you passed them earlier in the game.

Gameplay is nice and tight in Mulaka, with just the right mix of responsive and fun fighting, varied puzzling sections and tricky platforming. AAA games always seem to have problems getting this mix right, so for developer  Lienzo to pretty much nail it out of the gate is some achievement.

Like Never Alone did for Alaskan folklore, Mulaka brings the Tarahumara stories to beautiful life for a new audience, it's a trend I hope to see more of, especially when it's backed up by a cracking game too. This is a fine way to spend seven-ish hours, and you should give it a chance.

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