Review: Mulaka (PlayStation 4)

Dive into northern Mexico’s breathtaking landscapes with Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure game based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara.

Pros:

  • Minimalist polygon graphics.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • 4.15GB Download size.
  • Tutorial pop-ups throughout.
  • Three save slots.
  • Open world puzzle action game.
  • Controller- Sensitivity and invert axis.
  • Attacks- Heavy, Light, Ground pounds, Throw weapons, Combos, and dodge.
  • Enemy bestiary- Fills in as you discover them.#Collect plants to craft items/health items.
  • Heal- Do a little dance.
  • Sukuruame vision- You get to see lost souls, Hidden platforms, Objective markers, Save points etc and can manually be triggered.
  • Korimas- Currency. Kill enemies, Find pots, Smash things. Used to buy upgrades from the merchant.
  • Full upgrade tree.
  • Puzzles laid about and can be discovered in any order.
  • A lot of free reigns.
  • Atmospheric.
  • Chilled feel to it all.
  • Arenas pop up and you have to kill all enemies to open the world back up.
  • Collect gems to open new areas to explore.
  • Uses its own language.
  • Hidden collectibles.
  • Areas have a percentage of collectibles and discovery.
  • Can fast travel between areas.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Can interpret the story/world yourself.
  • Many enemy types.
  • Super move- Charges up when fighting.
  • Plants regrow over time.
  • Autosaves regularly.
  • Gorgeous location/environments.
  • Transformations- You can turn into beasts.
  • Really nice art cutscenes.
  • Simple controls.
  • Fun to play.
  • Excellent pacing.
  • Loads of optional content to seek out.

Cons:

  • Hitting the tiny scorpions is a huge pain.
  • So annoying that you cannot vault or grab ledges.
  • Using the spear is a pain mostly due to the camera.
  • Healing dance gets old fast and is not something you can do mid-fight.
  • Fighting is slow.
  • At times you feel the world is too empty with little combat.
  • Not that difficult.
  • One and done experience.

The Numbers:
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7/10

Summary

A charming game with a lot of promise, It does get let down by being a world so big that even the content cannot keep up. Aside from that, the theme they are going for gets nailed. The combat is tight and responsive with excellent puzzles and set pieces. Progress is steady and you always get a pay off as the story unfolds. In short its a one and done game but it as a lot of fun to play and very chilled out.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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