Indie Games Platform, Playism, To Publish La-Mulana Remake

By Ishaan . July 10, 2012 . 2:01pm

Last year, we reported on Playism, a new digital distribution platform for indie games. Playism aims to bring western indie games to Japan and release Japanese doujin games for the west.


While the Japanese version of Playism has been up and running for several months now, the English site is scheduled to open in two days. One of the first titles offered by it will be the remake of La-Mulana, which was in publishing limbo for quite some time until its WiiWare release was finally cancelled in April.


Other titles available at Playism’s English launch will be:


Yume Nikki:


A popular adventure game where you explore a surreal dream world.


I’m Gonna be God of the Forest:


Control an eco-system by culling plants and animals, and turning them into nutrients, which form seeds and eggs. This gives rise to new creatures.


Pock’s Friend:


An adventure game in a picture book style.

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  • Mago Iichi

    Some Doujin games are fun.I played a Fate/Stay Night 3d fighting game for a long time on my previous laptop.It was a lot of fun.

    There was also a Fate and Tsukihime crossover SRPG that I played that was similar to the Super Robot Wars series. I forgot what it was called.

    If this Playism thing can bring games like that over, I’m down for it.

    • Ah, you’re talking about Battle Moon Wars, which I have in english.

  • MrRobbyM

    Ah-ha! Totally forgot about this game. I’ll be buying it whenever it’s released. Game looks really fun.

    • Joseph Santee

       It’ll be released the moment Playism’s site goes up. I’m so excited! :D

  • katamari

    Will they charge for Yume Nikki? That’d be pretty eh, unless it’s an updated version.

    • If they do charge, so what? They’re not forcing you to buy the game from them. And, assuming they’re using their own time and money to localize the game, who’s to say they don’t deserve to be paid for their hard work?

      • nekocchi

        The reason they shouldn’t be paid, you ask?
        If you had played Yume Nikki you’d know it’s because of the simple fact that there is almost nothing to translate at all. No such thing as “hard work” going on here, really.

  • They’ve got some sample screens up on the website, and I gotta say…I was worried about the localization, but Playism’s definitely got it covered. :3

  • Hours

    I’m glad it’s finally getting a US release, I just hope it pops up on PSN/WiiWare too.

  • Göran Isacson

    Wonder if they’ll charge for games that are already out there for free… or if they’re just gonna be hosting translated versions of those games available for free download.

    The latter option seems KINDA like wishful thinking, now that I think about it…

  • Fernando Parra

    I heard the localization they made for La-Mulana is awesome. I just hope this PLAYISM guys keep on bringing Japanese non-porn doujin stuff too.

    • Exkaiser

      Did they do a new localization or is it based on the fan-translation of the original?

  • I dont understand why they went to Playism instead of Steam when there were TONS of comments on the La Mulana official blog heavily pushing for Steam publishing.

    • Exkaiser

      It’s possible they simply weren’t accepted by Steam.

      It happens sometimes with relatively unknown indie games- Unepic, which is a kind-of-vaguely-not-really similar* game by a Spanish dev was rejected with no explanation. It’s possible that was due to some of its crude humor, but the world will never know.

      *: Unepic and La-Mulana are both heavily inspired by Maze of Galious, hence the connection.

      As for me, the remake of La-Mulana is pretty cool-looking, but I think I’ll stick with the MSX-graphics one.

  • Barrylocke89

    It’s almost time at last. I’m hyped! Can’t wait to play when I get paid.

  • Reno Evangelista

    Pock’s Friend! I played that years ago and I’ve never re-found it since (I think it had a different name, possibly Japanese?).
    It’s such a sweet little game. 

  • Solomon_Kano

    This is awesome. I hadn’t heard of Playism before. I wonder if they’d be interested in publishing some of their games on console DD services in the future? I’d love to see La Mulana and Pock’s Friend make it over to XBLA and PSN. I suppose that would take a bit more work what with Trophies and Achievements, but I’d definitely love to see them expand if these are the kinda games they’ll be bringing.

  • CirnoLakes

    I use Steam most often and am therefor most used to it. But I really like this Playism thing and what it may be doing for digital distribution gaming in Japan.

    Also, as an opportunity to play Western games here in the West that sadly probably aren’t coming to Steam anytime particularly soon. Without having to import the games. There’s a lot of doujin games I would like to buy. I would hope that this and other digital distribution sites in Japan are easily accessible to Westerners.

  • Yume Nikki?!  I loved that game, what is going to be new with that one? I wouldn’t want to pay too much for a straight release.

    EDIT: Japanese Playism has it listed as freeware nvm

  • Alexandra Cordes

    Yume Nikki!? Does that mean it’s officially done and the creator won’t be adding anything new to it? Not like I expected him to or anything, since it’s been years, but one can always hope.

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