SNES Game Reviews

Secret of Mana
Aug18

Secret of Mana

Secret of Mana for SNES By Michael “Beezledrop” Lester: Secret of Mana this game holds a special place in my heart. It’s a game I grew up with and one I fondly remember playing multiple times with friends. I was a poor kid back in the early 90’s so I didn’t own very many games. The only time I really got to try games out was at the video rental store. Secret of Mana is a game I did own and since I had a limited number of games it’s a game I played through multiple times. I consider it to be in my top 10 favorite games, and it’s a game I’m always happy to revisit from time to time. Story: The story is about a boy who falls down a waterfall and finds a sword in a stone. The sword is a legendary sword that defeated the fearsome Mana Beast in the distant past. The removal of the sword will disrupt the balance of peace in the world and will reawaken the Mana Beast. The people of the village find out he has pulled the sword from its resting place and banish him from the town. The boy must take the sword and embark on a quest to reset order to the world, and defeat the Mana beast that has been resurrected. It’s a simple story with likeable characters, and a few plot twists to keep it interesting. Game Play: The game play is my favorite thing about this game. It’s an action RPG style game in a three quarters down perspective in the same vein as The Legend of Zelda or Illusion of Gaia. The thing that sets this game apart from other action RPGS is the fact that it can be played with up to 2 other players. You get different types of weapons and they can be switched between characters. There are also a mess of spells you can use both offensive and defensive. The thing I love is how solid and smooth the game plays. The characters move swiftly and the hit detection is spot on. The only thing I don’t like about the game play is in multiplayer when you go into the menu it pauses the game interrupting the flow of the game for the other players around you. It’s slightly annoying but it doesn’t hurt the fun factor this game offers in a multiplayer setting. Music: The music in Secret of Mana is amazing. The music I’d say is on par with some of the other greats like Final Fantasy or Chrono Trigger. The music is catchy, it sets the...

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