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Secret of Evermore

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Reviewed by Adam Butler Secret of Evermore is one of the best RPG games on the Super NES system. Coming in close rank is Secret of Manna and Chrono Trigger. I like Secret of Evermore because of it's unique magic system. I think the idea of using alchemy for magic is awesome. It adds to the challenge of the game, trying to balance the different ingredients for the alchemy formulas.

Graphics 6 out of 10

The graphic in Secret of Evermore is one of the best for the Super NES System, compared to Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana. The graphics for the magic spells were pretty good, but I think the magic effects of Chrono Trigger beats Secret of Evermore, however, the magic effects of Secret of Evermore beats the magic effects of Secret of Mana.

Music and Sound 7 out of 10

I like the music and the sound effects for Secret of Evermore better than some of the games for the Super NES System. I especially like the popping sound effect when you successfully destroy an enemy, because it assures you of you destroying your enemy. The music for bosses is also some of the best on the Super NES System. The Sound Effects for the magic was also pretty good but I think the sounds for Chrono Trigger beat the one's for Secret of Evermore by just a small amount.

Game Challenge 8 out of 10

I give it such a high score because I liked how it was set up. By you advancing through four different time periods, each having there own currency and alchemy formulas that are associated with that time period. Also some of the bosses were a little difficult if you were new to this type of RPG. I especially had problems with Verminator. I thought that he was one of the biggest boss challenges in the game. Some of the objectives in the game were also a bit of a challenge. Like searching for the Diamond Eyes. If you didn't have the alchemy formula to find the hidden path to the pyramid, you wouldn't have been able to find it easily.

Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10

Like I said earlier, I like the advancing through the different time periods, to find the last boss. I like the type of RPG game that this displays, because I like action games along with RPG's and I like the active fighting that was in this one and in Secret of Mana. The game was pretty linear as it goes with freedom on the screen. Also, this is one of those games that have unexpected secrets throughout it, and they are fun to look for. One of my favorite elements in the game was the dog. The dog was not only a good character in the game and the storyline, but he was helpful in finding alchemy ingredients that were just lying around on the ground. My favorite form of the dog was the robot when you get to Omnitopia. Another attribute that I like about the dog as well as with the main character was the ability to charge his bark. For the main character, the ability to charge his weapon to achieve a more powerful attack.

Frustration

Frustration: I had very few frustrations with this game. The only ones that I guess I had was the fight with Verminator and the balancing of the alchemy ingredients. However, this is just my opinion, some people might have great frustration with some of the game's attributes. For example, in one of the "dungeons" ( I can't remember the name) you have to flip switches in the right order so you can pass to the next room. This can be a frustration causing part of the game, because there are a number of possibilities. Now don't freak out when I say that there are a number of possibilities, because there are only three switches, so if you were to keep trying you would eventually find the right combo.

Replayability 7 out of 10

Replayability of this game is very good, since there are four time periods, in which you have to advance through. Over time you might forget where some of the items are. Another factor in the replaying of this game, is that there are so many different types of alchemy formulas in the game, that you might not find them all, and if you play it a second or even a third time maybe more you would have a better chance of finding all of them. For me, I could replay this game X number of times and not get tired with it.

Game Value 10 out of 10

Game value, worth the price: It is defiantly worth the price. Like I said before with the replaying of it, there are four different time periods to explore and so many different types of magic and items along with weapons. Like most games, Secret of Evermore, has a few secrets in it, which includes hidden alchemy formulas and hidden ingredients, and hidden items.

Overall 8.75 out of 10

My conclusion of Secret of Evermore is that it is one of the best RPG games out there for Super NES, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes RPG games with a lot of choices in it and different weapons. This is truly an awesome game!!!

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