One of the any PAX West titles I got to check out during Nintendo’s “Nindies” showcase was Mulaka, which I first saw at the Pop Culture Museum party they threw and then again on the Indiebooth floor. This game comes to us from Mexico-based developer Lienzo, who have created this simplistic story and made it a real challenge. This is a 3D action-adventure game that according to the developers is “based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara.” The game is half action and half puzzler with the locations of the game based on the Sierra Tarahumara area of northern Mexico.
Getting through parts of the demo was a little challenging, but Mulaka is one of those games where the style really shines as it has a specific tone to it that isn’t found in a lot of games. Much like how you see certain styles and art forms in places like The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and Germany creep into the games made by devs in those countries, you can see that this one has a unique look to it that was influenced by the culture of Mexico. This was one of the best of the Nindies show as far as the art style, and it will be interesting to see the final product when it hits the Switch in 2018.