Review by LOG

"Square's Groundbreaking Multi-Player RPG. Good, but not Great."

Secret of Mana provides player a unique option, multi-player capability! Square is always the innovator, but this game was splendid with the idea. Up to three players can join forces in this game. They can choose from a boy, girl, or a sprite. The boy is the more physical attacker, while the girl is curative and protective magic. The sprite deals offenive magic. The players share items and can think together to defeat the game's numberous bosses.

The graphics in Secret of Mana are fairly good, but very cartoonish. It adds to the charm of the game, but gets silly after awhile. The music is good and adds to the usually cheery ambiance. Made in 1993, the game is high by those standards. The menu screen can be confusing as it is wheels that rotate giving the gamer options. Magic and items can be frustrating to use because if the caster is hit, the spell is nullified.

Getting friends together to play this game is good, but playing one player, like I did throuh half the game is a bit boring. You must control all three characters which is annoying when playing bosses. The sparce number of items that can be carried make the game annoying, but it eventually grows on you.

With the multi-player format who thought this game could lose? But the with using an RPG as a multi-player game is that it doesn't hold the interest of all gamers. Multi-player games are suppoesed to be quick, not long drawn out games like SoM. It is a tad easy and short, but getting all the orbs is a hard task. The game is good, but not great. Let's hope that Legend of Mana will be the defining game in the series.

Innovation 10
Graphics 9
Music 9
Cuteness 10
Difficulty 6
Replay Value 9
Story 6

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 07/16/01

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