It's been a long time coming, but La-Mulana EX will finally complete its voyage to the PlayStation Vita next week. The title – which started life as a humble PC indie before gaining fame on the Nintendo Wii – will crack its whip from 3rd March in North America and 4th March in Europe. Could that mean that it'll be part of the Instant Game Collection? We'll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, what is the game? "La-Mulana is the original Archaeological Ruins Exploration Action game, and a throwback to the days when games tested you to your very limit," explained Hisashi Koshimizu, the producer at port house Pygmy Studio. "Players will use their skills and wits to explore the ruins and discover the ultimate treasure without falling foul of the monsters and traps in their way."
He continued: "It might look like a straightforward, Metroidvania-style platformer, but it's not just an action game. You'll also need to solve riddles and keep mental notes to make progress, so it's much more."
Our sister site Nintendo Life awarded the WiiWare release a 10/10 back in 2012, and that doesn't happen often. By all accounts, this will be the best version of the release to date, too. "La-Mulana lets you go almost anywhere you like from the start, which can be a bit daunting to some," continued Koshimizu. "When we first started developing La-Mulana EX, the plan was to have two modes: the original version for returning players, and a revised adventure that was more accessible for new players. However, as time went on, we decided to bring both versions together in a way that improves the experience for everyone."
The handheld outing will also include a Monster Bestiary, including a ton of previously unseen artwork. Are you in the mood for some tomb raiding? Check out the trailer, and let us know in the comments section below.