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Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

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Reviewed by Kate Miller Anyone who's ever played an RPG has undoubtedly heard of the Final Fantasy series, thought my a majority of gamers to be the defining role-playing game. For first time players, however, an RPG can be overwhelming...having to keep track of money, weapons and items, and getting drawn into fights when you are desperately trying to get out alive! Squaresoft thought of these concerns when they made Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, an RPG for beginners. Even a person who has never touched a video game can get hooked on this, and since it is very linear, they can find their way around easily.

Graphics 7 out of 10

Remember, this game was made in 1992, before video games were based solely on graphics. Sure, the characters at times look like colored blocks, but when you realize how old this game is, it makes it okay. The graphics don't get in the way here, but they aren't hard on the eyes either. For an SNES game from the early nineties, the graphics are decent and the colors are almost better than FF2. In the fights, the monsters would change form depending on how badly hurt they were, and I thought that was a nice feature.

Music and Sound 7 out of 10

I'm not big on music, so i won't say much. The music is like any other game - after a few hours, you want to kick your speakers to make the music stop.

Game Challenge 6 out of 10

I first played this game when I was about 12, and it was the first RPG I had tried. Even then, I could get fairly far into the game and get the quests done. After awhile, though, it got a little harder and I quit playing it for over six years. In that time, I became a rabid Final Fantasy freak and played all the US versions of the games, and I recently rediscovered Mystic Quest. I started playing, and within a day, I had the game solved. This game is good for a first RPG, but if you've played one before this will seem easy to you. There is no armor to equip, your weapons equip themselves, and you can find free potions to cure yourself anywhere. A lot of what makes an RPG challenging has been taken out, leaving the bare bones. Another thing that makes it simpler for first-timers is that there is no random battles. The enemies can be viewed on the screen, and you only fight who you walk up to. There are special areas where you can fight for experience and money to help your stats. Overall, not to difficult, but fun just the same.

Game Play-Fun 8 out of 10

I have to admit, this game was fun. For once, I could concentrate on enjoying the game and the story, instead of wondering when I would fight next. Getting to crawl up walls, and swingshot across lava was different for a battle based RPG. The change of partners was also a welcome change...you didn't have to choose between characters to take. This game is all over just a good time, even if it is short.

Replayability 6 out of 10

Unfortunately, this game is extremely linear. There are no real side quests that you can go back and try to solve after you beat the boss. Everything falls right after the other, and after you do it once, there is no real need to do it again.

Game Value 5 out of 10

I'm not sure, but I think this game originally sold for about $35 or so, give or take. For the simplicity and short length of this game, that's just not worth it. It's too short for that amount. Today you can find it used for a lot less...I think I saw it for about eight bucks someplace. This price is definitely worth it, even if it is short. Your best bet, though, would be to find somewhere you can rent it, and then play it for a day or two until you solve it and take it back.

Overall 7 out of 10

If you have ever played an RPG, play this game. If you have never played an RPG, play this game! For old pros, play this to see the evolution of graphics, sound, story, etc. since this was made. It's worth it just for the nostalgic purposes. Newbies, this game is perfect to get hooked on the RPG series Final Fantasy. This game will get you hooked, and start to prepare you for more complex games as FF2 and FF3.

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