Secret of Mana

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

Good
  • Stays true to the original – Great experience all around
Bad
  • Controls take a little getting used to – High price for an iOS app
8

Secret of Mana was originally released in 1993 by Square (now Squire Enix) for the SNES. In 2010 the game was re-released on the iOS platform with very minor changes with Windows and PlayStation releases following several years later.

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The game mixes elements of Final Fantasy and the Legend of Zelda with other popular role playing features also in the mix. The game has been praised since its release for the variety of its game mechanics including the ring command system, plot, graphics, AI and soundtrack.

The ring command system that received near endless praise upon its initial release is still one of the big draws to the game. This system works by allowing players to pause real time combat, once paused players will have access to a ring with many available options including items, weapon changes and some other actions. This feature allows you to seamlessly use your strategic choices in battle without visiting a different screen.

In Secret of Mana players control three different characters (hero, girl and sprite) from a standard top-down perspective, in the game you are able to switch control between any of the characters leaving the other two to be controlled by the AI. As you would expect each of these characters has their own strengths and weaknesses allowing the player to focus their control on the character that suits their preferred playstyle the most.

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The characters in the game fall into three very standard archetypes with the main hero being a weapon focused warrior, the girl performing a cleric role with healing and support skills while finally the sprite has a magic focus. Secret of Mana also offers weapon upgrades and magic elements so you are always advancing your power.

With the release to iOS you can now relive (or experience for the first time) one of the great games in the genre.

Summary:

  • Take control of one of three party members and switch between them at will.
  • Convenient ring system to access items quickly in battle.
  • Originally released in 1993 with a 2010 iOS release and expanded to PlayStation consoles and Windows.
  • Old school role playing at its best.
  • Inspired the release of many popular video games.

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Review Platform: iOS

This review was first published on April 3, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.


Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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