Secret Of Mana
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9  |  Secret of Mana(SNES), Not Your Ordinary RPG
chick3_16 , 4/28/2003 8:02:46 AM
Square developed this game with the running title of Final Fantasy Adventure II, but decided Secret of Mana sounded better and ran with that. The original Final Fantasy adventure was a different game for the series, and the "sequel" for SNES was miles ahead of it.

The premise of the game is you, the typical village boy, pull a rusty sword out of its slot and release many monsters on your village. Of course, noone was supposed to be able to do it in the first place, and since the monsters were released, out the door you go. Now banished, you seek to find the evil that must be around for anyone to pull the sword. Along the way, you meet up with a girl and a sprite who help you out. The game seems childish on the surface, but the storyline eventually gets less cartoony.

The game plays pretty Zelda-like in that you move your guy around (and your 2 partners do their thing to help, however you program them to) and smash the enemy. You have access to spells and items through a circle menu which seems confusing at first, but is easy to get the hang of. The gameplay is simple and if you have a second (or a multitap and a third) controller, your friends can take over from the computer in playing the supporting cast. This method turns out to be much more fun. Alone however, the game is still a fun way to blow some time. You do have to keep an eye on your other characters though in case they wander into a fight and die. Trust me, it happens from time to time.

The story eventually gets really good as your hero digs deeper into the evil plot and fans of RPGs with a good storyline will not be disappointed. So give this game a whirl if you're in the mood for a Zelda-FF hybrid kinda game.

Overall, the graphics fit the game perfectly, the sound is what you'd expect from Square, the gameplay is good though you may not want to cast spells while playing with friends since the action freezes while choosing a spell. This is a game I found myself playing time and time again. So pick it up if you can, the cart is definitely worth the money.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go bust up some MUSHBOOMS.

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