Secret of Mana
Reviewed by Jedi Zoccaa
Welcome to my review of Secret of Mana, one of the best games in
history, which, overall, scores high points in all fields.
Graphics 8 out of 10
The graphics are very good for a 16-bit system usual Japanese makers
type. The Japanese video games are mostly the best with graphics,
unlike American made kinds. Details are very precise, when playing, it
is almost like watching an Anime cartoon. All of your Heroes can be
told apart they actually look like someone you could meet in Medieval
times. Townsfolk, though, are a different story. Its weird, you meet
someone in one town and then in another, you see the same person
except with different clothes and hair color.
Music and Sound 8 out of 10
The music is very advanced for its age. In 1994, the music and sound
were EXTREMELY good, and yet, still with all of the "stereo and mono"
sounds of our 64 bit systems, it sounds good. You don't hear those
annoying "beeps and blips". Smooth, good music. Sounds actually
SOUND like something you could hear.
Game Challenge 6 out of 10
For an RPG expert, it is a simple game. You could beat the game in say,
oh, over a weekend if you had beaten it once before, and maybe a week
if you had never played it. It is a simple game for those who may have
only been barely introduced to RPG's, but don't get me wrong, its still
a fun game. See below.
Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10
In this game, you have special little challenges to overcome, such as
going on a wild goose chase after a guy named Joch, or helping the
people of Kakkara find water. Its very easy, but very fun! For beginners,
its even better, since you discover new things hidden in the game. The
people, as a matter of fact, actually have personalities. Sometimes
its even funny.
There is hardly any frustration for a veteran game player, but for a beginner,
they may find it difficult to solve riddles, and do what the game says. We
all remember the "Four Seasons" for the first time :-)
Replayability 7 out of 10
Replayability is very iffy. It really depends on your patience, because
you know exactly where to go but the game drags on with text. I mean,
you could sit for five minutes listening to someone tell you where to
go when you already knew where to go. The first time is great, the
second is okay, and the third, well, get another game.
Game Value 5 out of 10
The game was $$$70!!!! That is HARDLY worth the price, almost like
buying a Mario game for that much. For beginners, as stated before, it
would be worth it. But for vetrans...well, get FF7.
Overall 9 out of 10
This game was a very great game I've beaten a million or so times, and
it hasn't bored ME. But it may bore others.
I absolutely love the game and still continue to play it with a vengeance.