La-Mulana (2005)

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This page is for the original game. For the 2012 remake, see La-Mulana.

La-Mulana
La-Mulana cover
Developers
GR3 Project
Release dates
Windows June 27, 2005
Reception
IGDB 80
Taxonomy
Monetization Freeware
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Flip screen, Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Metroidvania, Platform, Puzzle
Art styles Pixel art
Themes Contemporary
Series La-Mulana
La-Mulana (2005) on HowLongToBeat
La-Mulana (2005) on IGDB
La-Mulana (2005) on MobyGames
La-Mulana (2005) on Wikipedia
La-Mulana
La-Mulana (2005) 2005
La-Mulana 2012
La-Mulana 2 2018

Key points

A fan translation patch is required to play the game in English. See Localizations.
Poor compatibility with Windows 8 and later. Use dgVooodoo 2 as a workaround.

General information

La-Mulana Fandom Wiki
La-Mulana Super-Turbo Wiki (archived)

Availability[edit]

Available for download from PCGamingWiki. Aeon Genesis, the English fan translators of the game, also has a download of the game along with its English patch.
The official La-Mulana Jukebox tool is a program allows users to listen to the game's SSCC (default chiptune) and SC88 (MIDI) music. Entering a password into the tool, which can be found in-game, will unlock more music tracks and (Japanese only) developer commentaries. It can be downloaded from the Internet Archive here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\lamulana.ini[Note 1]
Configuration file is encrypted.[1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\lamulana.sa*[Note 1]
Saving the game requires purchasing the Game Master MSX cartridge, which can be found in the shop of the Surface area, then equipping the Game Master MSX cartridge when talking to Elder Xelpud to save on Slot 0. A Game Master 2 cartridge, which allows saving the game on Slots 1-4, can be found later into the game.

Video[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Runs at a base resolution of 256x192, which is than doubled to 512x384 and 1024x768 with Nearest-neighbor scaling by pressing F7 in Windowed mode.[2]
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Can be toggled with Alt+ Enter.[2]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 30 FPS.[3]
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Increase rendering resolution[edit]

Fixes some of the game's compatibility issues when running under modern Windows operating systems while improving the graphics.
Use dgVoodoo 2[4]
  1. Download the latest stable release of dgVoodoo from its official website or Github, then extract the contents of dgVoodoo2_*.zip to its own folder in a convenient location on your computer (e.g. Documents).
  2. Run the dgVoodooCpl.exe, then configure the following settings from the General tab:
    • Adapter(s) to use/enable: <your video card>
    • Scaling mode: Stretched, keep Aspect Ratio
    • Miscellaneous: Uncheck Capture mouse (the game does not use mouse controls)
  3. Now go to the DirectX tab and configure the following settings:
    • Videocard: dgVoodoo 3D Accelerated Card
    • Filtering: Force point sampled
    • Resolution: Unforced (use the game's default resolution) or Max (use your system's highest native resolution)
    • Behavior: Uncheck Disable Alt+Enter to toggle screen state
    • Antialiasing (MSAA): Off (this game uses bitmaps)
    • Miscellaneous: Uncheck dgVoodoo Watermark and Force vSync (forcing V-sync causes slowdown on certain transitions)
  4. Click Apply dgVoodoo 2 should save the configuration file to where you have it installed by default, then copy the dgVoodoo.conf to <path-to-game>. Alternatively, click the Add button and point the program to where you have the game installed to save it there.
  5. Go into the MS/x86 folder from your dgVoodoo 2 installation folder, then copy the DDraw.dll file to <path-to-game>.
  6. Launch the game. It will appear that the game's graphics are corrupted when wrapped with dgVoodoo 2, but this is caused by the game's conflict with its hardware/software stretching mode. Simply press F6 and it should fix the graphics.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
F1 is used to pause the game, F2-F4 to open sub-screens, F5 for Options, F6 to toggle hardware/software stretching, and F7 for window sizes.[2]
Mouse acceleration
Mouse is not used at all.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Uses DirectInput.
Full controller support
Certain in-game actions and exiting the game requires keyboard.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Digital movement.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Does not support D-pad or analog triggers. See Controller support for a workaround.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
No controller prompts whatsoever.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

To use XInput-based controllers with proper D-pad and trigger support, a fix is required.
Instructions for XInput Plus[5]
  1. Download and run XInput Plus, and then set the Target Program to lamulana.exe.
  2. Go to the Key Assign tab, then go to Left Stick and assign it to Multiple Key, then check Left Stick and DPAD.
  3. Go to the DirectInput tab, check Enable DirectInput Output, change the Guide button function to Button13 and LT/RT functions to Button 11/22 from their drop-down menus.
  4. Go to the Setting tab, uncheck Enable Init Beep to disable XInput Plus' confirmation beep sound and then click Apply to save the settings and install the XInput Plus *.dll files into the game's installation folder. The game should be able to register XInput D-pad and analog triggers as DirectInput buttons.

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound.
Surround sound
Subtitles
All dialogue is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
This game and the La-Mulana Jukebox tool supports General MIDI, which can be enabled by setting their respective music device mode to SC88.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Fan translation by Aeon Genesis.
Japanese

Issues resolved[edit]

Trouble shooting common issues with the game can be found here.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows[6]
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 70 MB
Video card (GPU) One that support 8-bit colors.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References

  1. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-10-21
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-10-21
    Told in the game's manual.
  3. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-10-21
    Tested with Steam Overlay's FPS counter.
  4. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-10-21
    Used v2.71.2 as of writing.
  5. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-10-21
  6. La-Mulana for Windows (2005) Tech Info - MobyGames - last accessed on 2020-05-07