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Secret of Mana

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Another Square gem, but with tons of glitches and stupid details SNES Bregalad (914)
A great early Action RPG SNES Idkbutlike2 (23)
Edible at best. SNES Pixelspeech (951)
A game that's designed to make casual gamers crazy iPhone Pagen HD (77)
Great Game, one of the best SNES Scott G (731)

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Platform Votes Score
iPhone 4 3.0
SNES 111 4.0
Wii 5 3.6
Combined MobyScore 120 3.9

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iPhoneSlide to Play
Whether you're an old fan or a curious newcomer, it's worth saving the Mana Fortress from being hijacked.
Véritable madeleine de Proust du jeu vidéo, Secret of Mana est un incontournable absolu de la ludothèque iOS. Pourquoi ? Tout simplement car tout ce qui en faisait son charme en 1994 est ici respecté, voire bonifié. La réalisation graphique enchanteresse a été sensiblement rehaussée, tandis que la traduction française intégralement réécrite est une franche réussite. Alors oui le Multi a disparu et le tactile pourra en chagriner certains, mais une fois le coup pris, l'ensemble fonctionne à merveille. L'aventure est haletante, rythmée, un chouïa plus corsée que l'originale d'ailleurs. Et puis il y a ces musiques intemporelles de Hiroki Kikuta. Du bonheur nostalgique, mais toujours aussi efficace pour un Action-RPG au moins aussi emblématique qu'un bon Zelda.
SNESGaming since 198x
Secret of Mana n'est certes pas exempt de défauts, mais son univers merveilleux, son gameplay agréable et sa réalisation exemplaire font passer tous les petits reproches au second plan. Le jeu promet des heures de plaisir seul ou à plusieurs et son système Ring demeure l'une des plus belle réussite du genre. Un must-have, incontestablement.
Am Ende bleibt nur noch zu sagen, dass das Spiel, das ich mir damals mit mulmigem Gefühl gekauft habe, ein absolutes TOP-Spiel ist. "Secret of Mana" steckt voller Abenteuer, voller Überraschungen, voller Gier (Durch die Jagd nach den Orbs und der Sonderausrüstung werden alle Dungeons genauestens durchsucht!), voller netter, lustiger und tollpatschiger Charaktere, voller Ironie und, was am wichtigsten ist, voller SPIELSPAß!
SNESNintendo Master
Un monstre ! Un must ! Vous, fan de rpg, vous vous devez de tester ce jeu ! Il est vraiment
Secret Of Mana, je me répète, est un grand jeu. C'est la seule chose qui me retient de revendre ma SNES, il fait partie des jeux snes que tout bon amateur de rpgs console doit avoir. Plus que ça, d'une manière personnelle, c'est le jeu qui m'a le plus boulversé tous genres et supports confondus. Malgré une traduction parfois hésitante, la diversité graphique et sonore accompagnée d'une variété de lieux, de personnages et d'ennemis, rendent ce jeu plus qu'incontournable à mon humble avis de mauvais rédacteur, et j'encourage tout le monde à jouer à ce jeu qui malgré son âge avancé, reste une perle rare.
SNESTotal! (Germany)
Das abwechslungsreiche Game wird von tollen Grafiken und einem tollen Soundtrack begleitet, die Story ist so komplex, daß wohl mehr als ein Wochenende für das Spiel nötig sein wird. Freunde von action-lastigen Rollenspielen werden sich nicht über langweilige Winterabende beklagen müssen...
SNESGame Informer Magazine
Fighting allowed you to level up characters, spells, and weapons. A cannon service and a Never Ending Story-esque dragon provided snazzy Mode-7 transportation. Aside form the Zelda series, there may not be a finer example of action/role-playing games out there.
SNESSuper Play Magazine UK
Coming from the creators of the Final Fantasy series, the game takes a typically strong narrative approach which concentrates on unravelling a story rather than problem solving. You will still get lost if you don't think through all the clues you've been given, but you shouldn't expect to run round Zelda-style puzzle-room dungeons. Instead, the characters are given more space to come to life. You'd expect the graphics to be limited by the space required for encoding a game of this size, but not so. Even the repeated blocks and shapes of which the buildings and forests are composed look stunning, thanks to some clever design and attention to detail. The three main characters are cutely and comprehensively animated (including several sequences for each of the weapons they can hold), and the numerous monsters aren't without their own moves and expressions.
SNESNintendo Land
Secret of Mana is a bit like Zelda 3 but Secret of Mana is a little more like a RPG with HP and MP and stuff. You do not however have a "FF like" textbased fighting system, here everything is in realtime like in Zelda 3. One other difference is that Secret of Mana is more focused on magics and spells than Zelda 3. If like adventure games then get Zelda 3 but if you already own Zelda 3 then get Secret of Mana!
SNESGame Players
Let's cut to the chase: here's one of the best SNES RPGs ever. It's huge, and the graphics are lush and large. The arcade-style combat is smooth and challenging.
SNESNintendo Magazine System UK
If you enjoyed Zelda, buy this game now. And if you're one of those unbearably lucky people who have never played either Zelda or Mana, buy them both right now. You'll pay, what, eighty quid for an experience beyond price. Enjoy!
Der "Secret of Mana" ist auch heute noch eine echte Erfahrung. Jeder, der zu Zeiten des Original-Release nicht in seinen Genuss gekommen ist, sollte dies nun schleunigst auf der Virtual Console nachholen. Hier finden nicht nur eingefleischte RPG-Fans alles, was das Herz begehrt: eine packende Story, große erzählerische Momente, stimmige Musik und einen witzigen Multiplayer. Diese Zutaten lassen jedes Spielerherz höher schlagen. Die 800 Punkte kann man definitiv nicht falsch anlegen.
WiiOfficial Nintendo Magazine
With great action, solid RPG elements and a fantastic audio-visual package there won't be too many gamers who won't fall head over heels in love with Secret Of Mana. It never gets more complicated than pressing a few buttons at the right time, but somehow it manages to provide a deeply rewarding experience for those willing to put the time in. And when you can experience one of the SNES' golden greats for only 800 Wii Points, there's really nothing to complain about. In fact, with games like this turning up on the Wii Shop Channel, you have to wonder whether you really need to go to the shops at all...
A sabiendas de lo anterior, parece una locura afirmar que estamos ante uno de los grandes RPG para SNES, y más teniendo en cuenta lo prolífica que fue dicha consola en este género. Pues va a ser que sí. Sin duda Secret of Mana es uno de los mejores títulos de rol para Super Nintendo porque atesora un encanto y un estilo propio pocas veces visto en un videojuego. A diferencia de otros RPG no consigue enganchar por su historia, sino por una mecánica de juego muy original y llevadera que nos mantendrá pegados a la pantalla durante más de veinte horas. Nunca es tarde para disfrutar de un autentico clásico del cerebro de la bestia, y mejor aún si lo hacemos acompañados de familiares, amigos o del perro si hace falta... ¿o eso era en Secret of Evermore?
Despite one noteworthy omission, Secret of Mana is slightly improved, portable, and is just about retro action RPG perfection.
90 (UK)
It's been a while since the Virtual Console was blessed with an RPG, and even longer since it offered one as essential as this. There's no better way to spend 800 Points right now.
The sheer size of Secret Of Mana is staggering. It’s estimated that the average player will take around 70 hours to complete it. And for that reason alone it's a serious gameplaying proposition, offering great value. The fact that it's also an immensely entertaining game, makes it an unmissable experience.
WiiNintendo Life
A stunningly original and action-packed role-playing title for the ages and a game that's become one of the most beloved action rpgs ever created.
As with other well-regarded classic games that have come to the Virtual Console, it would be easy to continue to sing Secret of Mana's praises for many more pages -- there are many more reasons it's been named to the Top 100 Games of All Time, so many times, over the years. But the important point to make is that Secret of Mana is well worth your notice, and your investment of 800 Wii Points. For just eight bucks, you can rediscover (or experience for the first time) one of Squaresoft's most loved 16-bit SNES classics. And, better still, you can play it in an improved form -- it's easier to experience the incredible multiplayer capability of this game through its VC version than it ever was on the SNES. So grab two friends, put down your cash, and enjoy. You'll love finding out just what Mana's secret really is.
Squaresoft proved yet again that they are indeed one of the best RPG makers in the world. It was just a shame that by the time the UK release came around, anyone that had been interested in it had already imported from America, thus we didn't receive the sequel, Seiken Densetsu 3 or the recent PSX game Legend of Mana. Let's just hope that the forthcoming GBA remake of Seiken Densetsu from the GameBoy manages to cross the ocean and reach our shores...
Even though the translation of Secret of Mana was rushed (Ted Woolsley had only 6 weeks to convert this game into English all by himself), the game proved to be a fine addition to the family of Square games available in North America. The story was translated very nicely, and should be easy for any American atleast 10 years old to understand. Secret of Mana is a one-of-a-kind game, the only 3-player action RPG I know of, and a worthy purchase to almost any gamer. If you don't have it, try to obtain it from Funcoland or any other used game dealer, because this game a true classic.
Secret of Mana è un'avventura intrigante e godibile, costituita da una bella trama ambientata in un mondo vasto e liberamente esplorabile. L'ottima realizzazione grafica e la colonna sonora di grande qualità completano questa bella esperienza di gioco. Raccomandato a tutti gli appassionati del genere, ma anche i neofiti o in non amanti del gioco “a turni” potrebbero trovare in questo gioco un nuovo approccio all'avventura RPG.
SNESGamePro (US)
Secret of Mana is a unique product that needed a tad more fine tuning, but not much. This game will provide a superb return on your RPG dollar and is one of the year's best SNES bets.
SNESMega Fun
Das eine mal vorweg: So überragend wie Timur finde ich Secret of Mana nun auch wieder nicht. Obwohl das Spiel technisch, sprich von Sound und Grafik her zu überzeugen vermag, sind beim Gameplay doch einige Schwachstellen vorhanden. Was mich am meisten stört ist die Tatsache, daß, wenn Ihr alleine spielt, die zwei Computer-Charaktere so gut wie nie einen Gegner angreifen, und am Ende wirklich (fast) alles an Euch hängen bleibt. Als einzige Abhilfe wirkt hier nur ein 5-Player-Adapter, mit dem Ihr dann zu dritt gleichzeitig in die Schlacht ziehen könnt. Das macht dann nicht nur mehr Spaß, sondern wirkt sich auch sehr auf den Schwierigkeitsgrad aus. Abschließend ein besonderes Lob an Square Soft, die mit Secret of Mana das wohl bislang umfangreichste Action-Adventure erschaffen haben. Hoffentlich kommt das Spiel auch mal offiziell heraus, damit Link auch hierzulande Konkurrenz bekommt.
SNESElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Mana's a good RPG from beginning to end. Though the story was just OK, I really loved the dragon scenes, especially when the fortress is flying. The added ability to have two friends along is one the best ideas. I wish more companies would do the same. When alone, the computer allies seem a bit stupid and tend to get killed easily. Overall, one of the most impressive RPGs I've seen in quite some time.
D’un point de vue artistique, Secret Of Mana est pratiquement parfait. L’environnement visuel est tellement en adéquation avec l’environnement sonore qu’on a parfois l’impression qu’ils ne font qu’un. Pas une seule faute de goût. Dommage que quelques détails éloignent Secret Of Mana de la perfection qui lui semblait destinée. Toutefois, et surtout si vous n’en avez jamais eu l’occasion, procurez-le vous. Vous ne pourrez en aucun cas être déçu par ce magnifique voyage.
D’un point de vue artistique, Secret Of Mana est pratiquement parfait. L’environnement visuel est tellement en adéquation avec l’environnement sonore qu’on a parfois l’impression qu’ils ne font qu’un. Pas une seule faute de goût. Dommage que quelques détails éloignent Secret Of Mana de la perfection qui lui semblait destinée. Toutefois, et surtout si vous n’en avez jamais eu l’occasion, procurez-le vous. Vous ne pourrez en aucun cas être déçu par ce magnifique voyage.
If you're up for a good romp through one of the true SNES classics, definitely check out Secret of Mana. Just don't be surprised when it fails to live up to the memories you have of it from an earlier, simpler time.
iPhoneVandal Online
En definitiva, Secret of Mana es un videojuego de rol de la vieja escuela, con una puesta en escena sobresaliente y una traducción al castellano que le viene como anillo al dedo. Lamentablemente el control es uno de los aspectos que menos se han trabajado para esta revisión, y más de uno decidirá desempolvar su vieja Super Nintendo para recordar cómo la obra original. Sin embargo, dejando a un lado este importante detalle -y la decisión de no incluir el modo multijugador-, estamos delante de uno de los mejores títulos de rol lanzados en la AppStore hasta la fecha, y, sin duda, uno de los mejores juegos de rol que ha visto el mercado de los videojuegos.
Secret of Mana, titre véritablement culte en son temps, a malheureusement vieilli. Il reste un jeu de qualité, très plaisant, surtout à plusieurs, mais dont les rouages du gameplay commencent à dater et lassent un peu. Un action-rpg de légende, inoubliable, quoiqu'il en soit.
SNESPower Play
Die Grafik ist schnuckelig, die Story witzig, das Spielfeld umfangreich und die Idee mit dem Drei-Spieler-Modus schlichtweg genial: Kurzum. Secret of Mana hat alle Zutaten für ein super Actionadventure. Trotzdem scheitert Secret of Mana bei mir an der magischen Prädikatsgrenze von 85 Prozent, mein freundlichstes Gesicht bleibt dem Modul verwehrt. Der Grund: Obwohl die Computerspieler sich dank der vorbildlichen “Verhaltens“-Option im Kampf ziemlich intelligent anstellen, kommt es immer wieder zu Situationen. in denen die Figuren hinter Vorsprüngen hängenbleiben und dem Feind (trotz gegenteiligem Kommando) zu nahe kommen. Zudem wird‘s dann für einen Solo-Spieler ziemlich hektisch, wenn im Duell mit einem Obermotz zwischen den Figuren hin- und hergeschaltet werden muß, um beispielsweise einen Zauberspruch auszulösen. Wer im Trio spielt, ist klar im Vorteil. Mal von diesem Manko abgesehen. kann ich nur sagen: Kaufen!
iPhoneApp Spy
Secret of Mana for iDevices may not be the full-remake that some fans might have expected (especially when it lacks the co-op), but it's still an incredible classic RPG that genre fans should add to their collection.
SNESThunderbolt Games
Recent RPGs haven’t been as good as the older ones. Maybe I’m becoming old and senile, or maybe nostalgia clouds my judgment, but most recent RPGs just haven’t had that much of an impact on me. I find myself always going back to the classics, which include Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy III and Suikoden II. After playing through the disappointing Suikoden IV I decided to go back and give Secret of Mana a try after neglecting it for years. This Squaresoft games hails from the golden age of RPGs, but it’s not the classic some people say it is. Instead, it’s merely an enjoyable action-RPG with some amazing multiplayer.
Secret of Mana is a genuine classic in every sense of the word. Square’s SNES epic is still a hell of a play. There are some issues with this iPhone port like occasionally futzy controls and the loss of multiplayer (come on – use Game Center), but fans that haven’t picked up a version of it elsewhere will still get quite a bit of mileage out of Secret of Mana on iOS.
I snagged this game for a steal at the Philly Classic 3 -- $20 it set me back, when the typical price is closer to $45, and that's if you can even find it. This game is not so easy to come across. But if you can find it, and its for around the price I paid, by all means pick it up; but I wouldn't go for the $45 unless your rich and use $20 bills to upholster antique chairs. The inexcusably stupid AI may turn off a lot of gamers, but if you can get past that, you'll find Secret of Mana to be an enjoyable experience.
iPhonePocket Gamer UK
Like a game of telephone, Secret of Mana has passed from one platform to another and lost something along the way. In relaying the superb gameplay of this action role-playing saga, Square Enix has wisely left the core mechanics intact - no changes to combat, character customisation, or story. The reception is less than stellar when it comes to the virtual controls and the decision to cut multiplayer. Despite these shortfalls, the game is still enjoyable and still recommended, even if it hasn't been remastered in an ideal fashion.
Secret of Mana does many things right, but the few missteps it takes are increasingly difficult to ignore. It’s unfortunate that what might have otherwise been a timeless experience found itself diminished by tedious combat.
iPhoneThunderbolt Games
While it can’t be quantified, there’s a certain level of old-school bliss associated with Secret of Mana that most newcomers probably won’t care for. The destination to advance the plot is often obscure and can be easily forgotten. Even the much-improved graphics show their age but remain pleasant to this day. After all, it’s glorious the Mode 7 graphics we’re talking about. The iPhone port is far from perfect, but it’s Secret of Mana. You can do much worse.