Review by Brak

"Square's version of Zelda with 3 players. I love it!"

Have you played Secret of Mana? If not, you don't know what you're missing! It's an overhead view adventure game like Zelda, only with 3 players! You have to get a Tribal Tap (or one of those plug in things that come with Bomberman) to use 3 players. Makes you fork out a little more money, but definately worth it! Having a 3 player adventure game isn't a good enough reason for you? Well then, onto the review!

Graphics: 10/10

Simply beautiful. Everything is so lush and colorful! Not only that, but the colors are very bright as well! The animations are well done as well, and the facial expressions for the enemies when they're attacked are great, some even funny! The magic spells are all quite flashy and a lot of fun to watch!

Sound: 10/10

Wonderful music that you would expect from a Square game! I even think the music is better than that of a Final Fantasy game! The music is more upbeat than Final Fantasy music, and the music fits the SNES's sound card perfectly! You won't believe the music is coming from your SNES! The sound effects are all well suited to the game, from the door open/close sound effect to the walking up/down staircase sound effect. Don't think Square forgot to add sounds for the magic attacks! Each magic has it's own sound, all of which are very unique!

Gameplay: 10/10

I could just play this game forever! Not only can you power up your characters, but you can also power up your weapons! When a weapon reaches a higher level, the character is able to do a more devastating attack with it. However, each character must power up the weapons idividually. Magic spells can also be powered up, making the spells more flashier and more powerful! These features add a lot of depth to the game! Also, powering up isn't much of a chore! Since the battles aren't turn-based, you can easily kill enemies for experience points without waiting for your turn to come up, and without having to watch your character do a victory dance! The story in this game is very well set up, and the reason why and how everything is happening begins to unfold as you progress. At first, it seems as if it's the hero's fault monsters are attacking, but soon you find out it's much more than that! The hero soon finds out he was chosen by the forces of Mana to prevent disater from striking the world, yet many other monsters try to stop him from succeding his goal. He must find 8 Mana Seeds until he can revive the Mana Swords's true power. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that there are 8 different weapons in the game as well: Hammer, Bow, Sword, Spear, Axe, Javelin, Whip, Boomerang, and Gloves. Each one can be powered up to a maximum of 9 levels, but first you must find orbs for the Blacksmith. The Blacksmith (Watts) must use the orbs to upgrade the weapons before they can reach another level. Many orbs are found after defeating bosses.

The game is pretty challenging, though not as tough as Zelda. With the ability of powering up your weapons and magics, you can basically set the challenge level of the game by yourself! Overall, there are a few bosses that give you a tough time, but the game isn't terribly challenging (which is a good thing.) However, it can be difficult to find certain dungeons and what place to go next, and you might find yourself stumped for quite a while!

This game is a lot of fun, and definately worth replaying! Finding all of the orbs is no easy task, plus some orbs can only be obtained at certain points of the game! This game is very addictive, and you'll find yourself hooked until you've finally finished it! In fact, once you have finished it, you might just start over like I did because the game is such a blast!

Overall: 10/10

You've wasted enough time reading about the game! Go play it NOW!!!

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 05/22/00, Updated 05/22/00

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