|Reviewer: Justin Gilbert||Date: Jun 15, 2005|
|The best game i have ever played...
I love the graphics. They are quite good for SNES if you really think about it ya know? The changing of weapons is pretty cool cause you can look at them as the character uses them.
And the BEST game on SNES that had amazing graphics for its magic skills.
The music is pretty good I thought. And the sound effects are prefect... such as the magic skils... Fighting sounds when you hit an enemy... When you won... everything in this game seemed flawless for sounds.
A very amazing game in itself... reasons?
1) The ring menu. It was quite a good thing for it on there I thought it added quite a nice touch.
2) Having the extra characters/the actual fighting system... for the people who seem to not be able to understand why the other 2 characters aren't doing anything... it's probly because you don't know how to set up the characters to be agressive... you have to do that in order for them to be fighters... and the ABS (active battle system) is awsome.
I had this game a long time ago then it was sold... Now i have it again and I'm not getting rid of it ever! I love the game it deserves all 10's.
|Reviewer: chodewick||Date: Mar 30, 2003|
|This is a real RPG that beats out the rest. This game is a must play.
Pretty good graphics for an SNES game, I like the look of it, the graphics are compairible(I know its spelt wrong I just cant finger it out)to many Playstation games Like Breath of Fire III and Lunar: Silver Star Story(just giving you an idea of what it looks like)
Great scores to match the mood and the classic sound effects.
The game is kinda hard after owning it for 2 years I still havent beat it(of course I suck). The whole thing with having to go into a menu to cast spells and the fights are kinda difficult at first but its easy to get used to. The characters are lovable and i love being able to name them.
Squaresoft puts out good RPG's and this is one of their better ones and I hope to beat it soon to see the story play out. It's a good game.
Good game, its worth at least a day of gameplay, but dont beat it before me i will be disappointed
|Reviewer: EvlMnky||Date: Mar 1, 2003|
|I have been playing RPGs for several years now, and I think I'm pretty good at them. When I started to play this game, I was very impressed. It has reasonable graphics considering the system, alright sound, and great gameplay, as good or better than a Link to the Past.
What can I say, a great game.
|Reviewer: BigUglyWench||Date: Oct 6, 2002|
|Final Fantasy, Crono Trigger, and SoM are the best RPG games ever made for the SNES. Each is different because of its own unique style (except final fantasy because for FF1-FF9 the battle system is always the same). Some people may want to kill me for this but SoM was "ok" but not great. Its not what I expected for an RPG game.
The Snes didn't have the capabilities of graphics like some of the systems nowadays. But overall I gave it a 8 because the characters are different and you can see that by the graphics. Just by looking at them you can see their expressions when they are shocked tired or sad.I gave it a 8 because its not blow your mind away graphics yet its not like the Nes graphics where you have a blue blob for a character.
All RPG's I've played have had great music (Except ff8 the music in that game sucked horribly). This game has some of the best music ever!!! Sometimes I would catch myself whistling to them when I'm walking somewhere. The music is very catchy and very nice. It fits all of the places possible. When you are in a cave you hear nice eerie music and when you are riding around on Flammy you have very light and quick music. Overall I gave it a 10 because this game has some of the best music around. If you really want good music search up on KaZaa "Secret of Mana Remix" its the best piece of music ever made i can listen to it for hours!
Hmm lets see Graphics:9, Sound:10, GAMEPLAY:5?!?!? Trust me I have good reasons why it deserves a 5. This is the game's major flaw. The battle sequences are ok because you find your own battles but when you get in a battle if you are playing by yourself the other 2 people in your party DO ABSOULETLY NOTHING! They just sit back and stay in one place or fire off into the trees.
Another thing this game is horrible is the menu. I have defeated this game 3 times and yet I still have trouble with the menu especially in boss battles where its essential to know what you are doing.
The battles are the most important things in the game and yet Squaresoft managed to mess that up. :*(
Hmmm... Leveling up.... i have little to say about that... IT TAKES FOREVER!!!!!!
Overall it deserves an 8. I felt that this was an ok game but not one of the best around. If you are looking for a good game play Final Fantasy 7, Chrono Trigger, or Final Fantasy 9. This game can't compare to any of these I have played in the past. If squaresoft would have put more thought into the battles and menu controls this game would have been better.
Replay Value: Replay value is so-so.... The first time i play it the game was fun but then the second time I played it I knew almost everything and then the third time i played it I felt like a soul-less zombie staring at my screen. Overall I give replay value a 7/10 because I felt that it wasn't that good of a game to replay over and over.
Characters: Characters in this game well they just suck... because throughout the whole game you have 3 characters and nothing more. You don't get additional characters to mess around with you only have 3. A game must have more characters to add a bit of diversity to it. This game doesn't have that diversity because it only has yes 3 characters. That's why I give this game a 4/10 for Characters.
Map Design: LOL THE MAP?!? You have got to be kidding me! THis game has one of the worse maps I've ever seen. The only things I can tell apart on the map is the deserts, the oceans, and the snow covered lands. When I am flying around on flammy I hardly know where to go because everything looks the same. All of the towns on the map look the same its horrible. I give this game's map a 6/10.
IF... you are looking for a good game to play this game might not be it for you. (Sorry Squaresoft) :p
|Reviewer: Sir Sam of Sammy||Date: Sep 9, 2002|
|Hey everyone! This is my opinions on what has to be one of the greatest RPGs of all time!
Black eyes, black hair, 5'11, I like walk longs along the beach and romantic dinner dates........ uh.. hehe..... wrong forum... *click*
|Reviewer: ultra_cookie||Date: Jul 18, 2002|
|It's everyone's favorite cookie again!
Long live Vimm's Lair!
|Reviewer: Mana Goddess||Date: Jul 14, 2002|
|This is my absolute favorite game of all time. It was the first RPG I ever played, and it brought me to love the whole genre. I'm not the most articulent writer, so I'll just get on with the ratings.
In closing, I would just like to say that while there are games that have better graphics or better sound or what have you, there are no games quite like Secret of Mana. Even its sequels, Seiken Densetsu 3 and Legend of Mana, don't quite measure up to the wonder that is Secret of Mana.
|Reviewer: Brain_sore||Date: Feb 26, 2002|
| I was opened minded towards these kind of games. A lot of people said that it was really good and a lot fun. The graphics didn't look too bad and it had the same game play as the Legend of Zelda series. Then I played the game...
I wish I never wasted time on this thing
|Reviewer: Omnitarian||Date: Oct 1, 2001|
|I'm gonna be hated for this, but oh well. I really didn't find this game all that fun. A cautionary tale of sorts.
Graphics: Top Notch. These are some of the best graphics I've seen on the Snes, and everything is very bright and candy-ish, in a ways.
Sound: The Music Is extremely well done, every track sets the mood very well. The sound effects are very good, but not perfect.
Unfortunately, I also must cover...
Gameplay: I can not stand this game. It is way too unlinear, and it takes forever just to go up one level, which be prepared to do, as almost every area you go into is 3 billion % more difficult than your current. The menu is also impossible to use, and everything is just very blah. I also can't stand the characters in this game; they are way too generic. Sorry, But I can't stand this game!
|Reviewer: Adam||Date: Aug 30, 2001|
|This is my favourite game of all time. In my opinion the only games that even come close to it are FFVII and possibly FFIX. This game was very underrated and very much a sleeper hit when it came out. Most of the people who knew about it loved it and the rest didn't know what they were missing.
I first rented this game when I was about 9 years old. I had never played an RPG and mostly played side scrolling games. I couldn't believe how I got sucked into the game from the very start. The title screen with the explanation of the Mana Sword and the opening ""movie"" with the small story about the Mana Fortress to the opening scenes with the boys on the log over the waterfall searching for the treasure. I didn't need to even start playing to get sucked into the story. I saved my allowance for about 2 months to finally go and purchase the $95 game and I couldn't stop playing it. I honestly never found myself wondering how far off the end of the game was and I was even a little dissappointed when I noticed that I was getting near the end. This is the game that I compare all other RPGs to and very few have even come close.
Anyway, I'm pretty much done rambling on now and I just have to say that if you like Role Playing/Adventure games at all then this is one to definately check out. It's one of the best games and my favourite, despite the fact that many people have never heard of it.
|Reviewer: Kain Vendragone||Date: Aug 24, 2001|
|Graphics: The magic effects are nice,and they really did a great job on the powered-up attacks. Some games just make it into a palette swap of the normal attack,but here,you have some kickass animations!
Sound: Nothing too great,some catchy tunes ^_^
Gameplay: Rivalling Chrono Trigger for storyline,and Final Fantasy for everything else. If the FF series has a flaw,it's repetetiveness. One can only save the Crystals so many times. *shrugs* Chrono Trigger and Cross had wonderful,innovative storylines,but a lot of things were lacking... The party switch was nice,but FF takes the cake in weapons and armor.Marle could only use crossbows,and poor,mute Crono was stuck with a katana,no matter what color. SoM has the weapons,and the style to make them useful.
Overall: I would recommend this game to a veteran gamer without so much as a blink,but for a newbie,the menu-swapping and such can be so confusing...A classic. Put this with Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger and save them for our future generations,there won't be any more games like these.
|Reviewer: Dan||Date: Jul 8, 2001|
|Secret of Mana was an epic masterpiece from Squaresoft. The story line grabs you and pulls you in for an adventure quite unlike anything you've ever imagined. Yes, this game was later eclipsed by other games but everyone knows this title as a forerunner in the RPG world(juxtaposed to the Final Fantasy series). The visuals are decent for the time it was put out. You fight through lush grasslands and dark fortresses, which end up becoming more repetitive than impressive. The graphics for spells are above average, nothing fancy but it gets the job done. I, personally, enjoy the music in the game. It's upbeat when it needs to be and sullen/gloomy at the right times, which all contribute to the ability of this game to pull its players right into the scene. The real time, overhead combat was a refreshing change to the normal turn based combat, creating an entirely new style of gameplay and a change in standard turn-based strategies. Overall, Secret of Mana is definitely worth the time and effort.
If you enjoyed this game, try Secret of Evermore, Chrono Trigger, and Bahamut Lagoon(Japanese).
|Reviewer: RayneVIII||Date: Jun 21, 2001|
|I believe that they should have made Legend of Mana THIS GOOD!
This game is probley one of the greatest classic games ever made (close to chrono trigger.
Graphics: There are some places in the game where there are tileclashing, but that doesnt matter, the gameplay makes up for it.
Sound: The music is great, and when casting spells, the sounds are wonderful
Gameplay: One word, GREAT!
I give this game an overall score of 9 out of 10 because everything is great, just they could have put a little more effort in getting rid of the tile clashing
|Reviewer: Thanatos||Date: Jun 20, 2001|
|This is a great game. There are several great things about it. Chief among them is the storyline. It is, I will admit, very slightly derivative, but it gripped me and it'll grip you.
The music: many people thought this was one of the games weak (I mean ""not quite so strong"") points, but I disagree. Listen to the tunes when fighting a boss, after completing a dungeon and when my namesake appears (wonderfully eeire...).
The graphics are good. Just good. Nothing special.
The gameplay is fun. I REALLY like the magic system and the combat is fun and challenging - you have to wait after each blow before you can hit at full power, so you have to use some strategy and skill. And the boss fights are great, especially when you struggle to take in stats from a Level 0 Analyser spell, in the midst of spell and damage messages...oh so frantic...
The game isn't very re-playable (at least not for quite a while after you first complete it), but once is enough, and it's free (apart from the phone bill - so no complaining about the slow downloads - read the FAQ!)
A great RPG. You won't be disappointed.