Percentile Rank

Mulaka is ranked in the 48th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 60 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

40%

Critics Recommend

Based on 60 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Scored Reviews

Cubed3
9 / 10
Cubed3
Flynnie

Top Critic

9 / 10
Feb 26, 2018

From thrilling boss fights to elegant environments, coupled with a comprehensive control scheme and a well laid out progression system, Mulaka is a joy to play from start to finish.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 28, 2018

The developers have clearly put a lot of love, time and research into the game and that shows very clearly as you play. A few minor issues, aside, this is a PS4 gem that is a must-have and which you should check out right now.

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TrueAchievements
Mar 21, 2018

For most players, Mulaka will be a familiar gameplay experience structured around something wholly new and enriching in every other way.

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GBAtemp
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2018

Mulaka is an excellent example of what smaller indie studios have to offer. A rich game, in both terms of story and gameplay, Mulaka is most certainly worth considering.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2018

Lienzo has excellently implemented their cultural source material into a video game, without sacrificing the video game. Set in an original world Mulaka would still be a fun game, but the love and creativity brought about by the Tarahumara culture permeates the game in a way that makes it something truly special. While the game isn't perfect, its ability to preserve a culture through an active medium while still being an enjoyable gaming experience is a trend I hope Lienzo and other are able to continue in the future.

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Nintendo Times
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2018

If you like adventure games that put an emphasis on combat and feature unique visuals, great tunes, and a one of a kind story, then Mulaka is made for you. It’s a surprisingly fresh take on a well-established genre.

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PS3Blog.net
85%
85%
Apr 24, 2018

Mulaka is a very polished indie release with an interesting art style and setting and a lot of love for the source material: the Tarahumara people. You can tell that everyone at Lienzo cared about making sure that the lore and culture of this tribe were presented in a respectful way, and we now have a fun and highly educational game on Nintendo Switch that you should definitely check out.

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GameSkinny
Feb 26, 2018

Mulaka creates an unmatched experience that marries rich culture with gameplay, which shows the power of indie game development.

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Daily Mirror
Feb 27, 2018

If you can adjust to the foibles of the fighting mechanics, this throwback captures the feel of classic action adventures coupled with a respectful and fascinating exploration of the Tarahumara culture. Mulaka is a mesmerising experience with a decidedly old school sensibility.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 27, 2018

Mulaka is not a perfect game, but it makes sure to show the uniqueness of the Tarahumara culture and demonstrate that Mexican culture can be interesting.

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TheXboxHub
Mar 1, 2018

Mulaka is a great Zelda type game that is certainly decent value for money. The gameplay is good fun with an excellent mixture of puzzle, exploration, and combat. You should be aware of the bugs, and the fights sometimes do go on a bit too long, but overall it’s a great game.

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Nindie Spotlight
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2018

Taking it all in Mulaka is an attempt to do something fascinating, to use a video game as a vehicle for helping to preserve cultural history, and then manages to turn it into a compelling gaming experience. Rather than ending up being held back by using this as its base the folks at Lienzo have blended it together in a balanced way to be sure it serves all interests effectively. The result is an exploration of culture through a very competently made game. I look forward to seeing how they proceed from here after this promising start.

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Digitally Downloaded
Mar 2, 2018

Mulaka might not be your favourite game in 2018, but what you take away from it will be far more valuable than the couple of hours of entertainment you'll get from it.

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Goomba Stomp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2018

Mulaka achieves everything it intends to. While the puzzles are a little tedious, the complexity of the battles and the variety of tactics needed to defeat some foes make it a highly enjoyable game. The animation is cute and reminiscent of the Nintendo 64. There are a few bugs in the game but don't impact the gameplay too much.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2018

For anyone looking to scratch that nagging Okami itch, even if it never quite reaches the same heights, you're going to have a good time here. It may feel a tad familiar, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes, it's just great to lose yourself in a goofy world for a bit.

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GameSpew
80%
80%
May 31, 2018

Mulaka feels deeply personal. A true passion for the Rarámuri culture shines through, as does an equal appreciation for games like Ocarina of Time.

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2018

Games like Mulaka strongly prove that Video games are not "just" for entertainment and fun, but sometimes they can be used as a tool to teach us about many different things like history and myths. Mulaka's Story, gameplay, level design, Enemies and NPCs are all massively affected by the Myth and Legends about tarahumara. Gameplay is fun, art design is admirable and music matches the atmosphere of the game. Although Mulaka suffers from some gameplay issues, but in the end, it is a successful achievement for its developers and a valuable action-adventure game that worth to try.

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Miketendo64
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 1, 2018

Mulaka is really worth the pickup, and it’s definitely something you’ll see yourself going back to.

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Switching Worlds
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2018

Mulaka is an ambitious title coming straight from Mexico. Lienzo managed to bring the long living Sierra Tarahumara culture into the forefront and created a solid game around it. All of the elements come together in a complete package that is fun to play. The only downside to it all is that some of those elements aren't fully realized. Still, I stand by calling this game Okami-lite. The painterly textures on humans and enemies, an ancient myth of demigods and saving the world, the Zelda-esque gameplay. For those seeking the tidbits of the Tarahumaran culture, it's a slight education; at the very least, an awareness worth the venture.

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VGProfessional
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2018

An interesting tale honoring the culture and myths of the Tarahumara tribe, Mulaka is a charming action adventure game that is worth the try.

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Generación Xbox
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2018

An interesting and fresh approach to the semi-open world adventure genre, that sadly lacks a bit of synergy between its mechanics.

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Hobby Consolas
76 / 100
76 / 100
Mar 6, 2018

Fun and entertaining action adventure, where it's biggest strength is the representation of the Tahuramara culture. The combat system may be too simple for the most demanding players, but the art design makes for it.

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2018

If you can get past the somewhat janky visuals and combat, you will find a decent action-adventure game that does an excellent job exposing new people to an intriguing culture and mythology. If you are a fan of games that infuse history or different mythologies into the experience and have not heard of the Tarahumara people, Mulaka is definitely worth checking out. It is vital to preserve smaller and somewhat ignored cultures through things like storytelling, so I'm glad Lienzo choose to do so for the Tarahumara people in an interactive way with Mulaka.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
Mar 2, 2018

It never feels old or clunky though, because the style is timeless.

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Cultured Vultures
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2018

A fascinating look at one of the world's oldest cultures that's let down by some frustrating combat, Mulaka is still worthing playing if you have a nineties itch to scratch.

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Atomix
72 / 100
72 / 100
Feb 26, 2018

Despite its cultural content and folclore context, Mulaka is a real simple adventure game that still has to proof why it's different from other games of the same genre.

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Expansive
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 26, 2018

Mulaka has more heart than most but suffers for bugs, glitches and frustrating combat

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EGM
7 / 10.0
Evan Slead

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2018

Lienzo's Mulaka is an equally engaging and frustrating experience. The action-adventure game excels in its efforts to teach players unfamiliar with the Tarahumara people about the community's culture through a beautiful narrative and exploration mechanics. However, the action aspect needs to be completely overhauled, as it offers enough issues to turn off prospective players.

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NEOsite
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2018

Mulaka has some minor flaws, but they shouldn't dissuade you from discover the world of Tarahumara.

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FingerGuns
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 26, 2018

Mulaka is unlike anything I've ever played before and oh so very familiar at the same time. It's a game that has obviously had a lot of thought put into making it feel authentic to the Tarahumara beliefs and ideals and you can see the incredible effort that has been made to bring the North Mexican folk tales, myths and legends to life.

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PSX Brasil
70 / 100
70 / 100
Feb 25, 2018

Mulaka works very well as a history lesson on rich indigenous culture, but as a game it doesn't perform so well in aspects that could make the title more consistent and more embracing for several players.

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VGN
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2018

A short but interesting experience that offers a nice combat system and some great moments while fighting the huge bosses, but the overall adventure does not feel as unique as expected. Despite that, you should really give Munaka a try to discover an old and fascinating culture such as the Tarahumara.

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Windows Central
Feb 26, 2018

Mulaka takes you on a wonderful journey of discovery albeit with clunky combat.

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LevelUp
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 1, 1970

Gorgeous at times and frustrating at others, Mulaka is a beautiful journey with an important social message hidden in a format that is too ambitious.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 5, 2018

A magical setting and engaging gameplay make Mulaka a worthwhile adventure.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2018

Mulaka continues to show the prowess of developer Lienzo. They are slowly honing their craft and I expect it to continue. I look forward to their next game, but for now anyone who enjoys games such as Zelda or Okami would do well to check this title out. It is available on virtually everything and worth the investment even with its shortcomings.

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PlayStation Universe
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2018

Mulaka has some promise, but some issues in certain areas. It has a really cool soundtrack, lovely atmosphere, and the hand drawn style of the graphics makes it stand out. Sadly, some of the mechanics just bring it down a bit. Perhaps with some future updates some of this can be fixed, but at least the foundations of the game are solid, and the story is genuinely interesting.

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Nintendo Insider
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 1, 2018

Mulaka’s strength as a game comes from the painstaking effort that has been made to sufficiently portray the culture of the Tarahumara people, and, as such, there is much joy to be found in exploring the sun-baked region and learning from those that inhabit it. Endure the opening tutorial area, and, once the game starts to open up, it’s easy to become lost in its world, even with the flaws that its combat system carries. That’s not problematic enough to derail the whole experience, especially for those that will see value in the chance to learn about another culture.

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 9, 2018

Mulaka is a great, charming choice for the fans of action adventure genre, especially those who love the Zelda series. Filled with combat and challenging puzzles, Mulaka will unfold the myths that you may have never heard about before.

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GameCrate
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2018

Unfortunately lacks the originality it so desperately needs to really stand out from the pack. Even though the art style is striking and bold, combined with an inventive cultural focus, the gameplay and overall design weigh it down to be little more than a passable action adventure title.

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Gamerheadquarters
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2018

Mulaka, it's got some quality gameplay to it yet I still had some issues with core aspects.

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Sirus Gaming
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2018

Overall, the game provides a very refreshing take on action/exploration genre. The variety it gives and the many places you can travel provides enough entertainment to keep you playing for hours. The story is definitely not it’s strongest aspect but it does make up for it in terms of gameplay. The puzzles were also entertaining for the most part but they can get repetitive along the way. The reason why I say this is because it’s as basic as collecting three stones to unlock a door and then defeat the monster from within that door. Although there are segments where the game gets creative with how you obtain these stones.

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SwitchWatch
65 / 100
65 / 100
Feb 28, 2018

Mulaka is a wonderful view into the Tarahumara with a very strong and unique style. From a substance perspective though I found the gameplay, story and visuals to be OK but not gripping. The game is certainly worth a play but there are stronger adventure games out there. Performance wise there are issues though there is a stable build in the works due at the end of March

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The Games Machine
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2018

Mulaka is a traditional action adventure, ispired by Okami, that tries and tell the roots of the Tarahumara culture. The game developed by Lienzo is constrained by an all too linear gameplay, a bland level design and a boring combat system (except the boss fights). It's presented in an elegant package, it can be played peacefully, but it's not bound to leave a mark.

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Geeks Under Grace
6.5 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Johnathan Burton
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2018

A unique setting and art style ensure Mulaka stands out, but its fairly standard game design keeps it from being exceptional. It is still enjoyable though, and can be a worthwhile experience for someone who enjoys something different than the standard western fair.

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IGN Spain
6.2 / 10.0
6.2 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2018

A great story story and setting drawn back because of its playable restraints.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 26, 2018

While I appreciated the insight into the folklore of the Taramuhara people, Mulaka as a game is about as average as an action adventure title gets. It's got some great ideas lurking within, but the overall structure is incredibly dated and only really saved thanks to the subject matter. As a game, it's not really doing much that hasn't been done better before, but as a cultural insight, it has a lot to offer those interested.

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VGChartz
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 27, 2018

It's a fine game, and a great way to honor the heritage of an indigenous community.

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Nintendo Life
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 2, 2018

Mulaka offers a truly intriguing insight into the culture and mythology of the Tarahumara people, but is let down by some frustrating gameplay issues. Exploring and puzzle solving is a simple but enjoyable affair, and there are elements of the combat system that show real promise, but some oversights surrounding the game's pacing and controls leave quite a lot to be desired. If you're interested enough in learning about the topic it wouldn't be unwise to give the game a go despite its flaws, but players looking purely for great gameplay might want to ponder over it a little longer.

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Marooners' Rock
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 20, 2018

Fantasy stories have had their fill of the stereotypical creatures and heroes. Elves, orcs, mages, dwarves, warriors, kings, fairies — they’re all a dime a dozen. Similarly, the stories of Greek and Roman gods have been told and retold over and over again. But before playing Mulaka, I had never heard of the Tarahumara, an indigenous people of northwestern Mexico renowned for their long-distance running ability. Being introduced to that culture via this imaginative 3D action-adventure proved there are still new and rich fantasy worlds out there to explore.

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OnlySP
Feb 26, 2018

Mulaka feels generic in its gameplay, but the intriguing themes of the Tarahumara folklore help the title to become more than just another action-platformer. The lackluster combat, level design, jarring animations, and basic plot line may not be worth the price of entry, yet Mulaka is a immensely engrossing adventure. Learning about a tribe of people that most have never heard of and playing a game about indigenous people is rare. Playing through Mulaka divulges a lot about the Tarahumara mythology and customs. Mulaka is best played to learn about the culture and origin stories of the Tarahumara people, who go down in legend as being some of the most athletic humans to ever grace the face of the planet.

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Worth Playing
5.7 / 10.0
5.7 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2018

All in all, Mulaka takes a risk that doesn't pay off. The story and goal of the game are intriguing, but the gameplay and visuals just aren't there. It certainly does things right and will appeal to a few people, but the overall rough approach is noticeable in every aspect and holds it back.

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NoobFeed
57 / 100
57 / 100
Feb 25, 2018

Bugs, messy combat and uninteresting platforming hinder the discovery of the Tarahumara mythology that Mulaka sets out to explore.

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GamingTrend
55 / 100
55 / 100
May 7, 2018

The team at Lienzo has built a beautiful and fascinating glimpse into an overlooked and forgotten culture that is immediately endearing. The game they built to support that, though, is disappointingly shallow and clumsily constructed. It's nice to see game development coming out of Mexico, and I look forward to what they are able to do next, but Mulaka doesn't have the chops to make the game worthwhile.

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Video Chums
5.4 / 10.0
5.4 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2018

After playing Lienzo's highly underrated Hunter's Legacy, I was expecting a lot from Mulaka.

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Bazimag
5.4 / 10.0
5.4 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2018

Mulaka is trying to portray a legendary tribe's culture and introduce it to the gamers, to be able to succeed in doing so, aside from its subject, a game has to be a good an likable game first and it's exactly what Mulaka is lacking. Mulaka's visuals aren't very appealing and on the other side its combat usually gets repetitive fast. Mulaka can be a great example for developers who are focusing on displaying a certain culture in their games, they firstly need to remember that they can't use a cultural factor to convince gamers to play their game until their game is not a good game in general.

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Entertainment Buddha
5.2 / 10.0
5.2 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2018

"Mulaka starts off promising but quickly plateaus for about five hours and then just kinda ends."

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Mar 4, 2018

Ultimately, Mulaka succeeds in the story it wishes to tell, but it falls short in two of its primary gameplay tenets: action and adventure. Controls are fiddly, environments a little sparse, and combat inadequate. It excels in using the video game format to widen knowledge of a culture that admittedly many around the world will know very little about, but as a game to interact with, its deficiencies outshine its ideas and make it somewhat forgettable.

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Pure Playstation
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2018

Mulaka has ambitions. It has potential. Neither of them have been fully realised in this outing, but there's something there. If it released a generation ago, it'd have been a decent offering. As it stands, there are plenty of better-made indie games in the same vein of Mulaka. Give it a shot if you're genuinely interested in the cultural aspects and don't mind a bit of naff gameplay, but avoid it otherwise.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2018

Mulaka has some neat ideas and a sometimes gorgeous look to it, but little else to offer. The individual locations fail to stand out, and the game quickly becomes overly formulaic. The combat is too sloppy to impress, the platforming is plagued by a stiff moving character, and the puzzles are never captivating. It's a completely forgettable experience with a few really nice sights that are better experienced as screenshots.

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