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Focus Tower is the center of the world and balances the forces of the world. However 4 monsters have taken the 4 elemental crystals (Earth, Water, Fire, Wind) for their own use, and also taken the 4 keys that for doors inside of Focus Tower. With the balance disrupted, disasters befall the world. A young boy by the name of Benjamin finds his home village destroyed. Meeting a mysterious old man while trying to escape from earthquakes, he soon learns that he is the prophesized hero and the only one who can save the world. Benjamin must recover the 4 crystals, unlock Focus Tower and defeat the ultimate monster before the 5th crystal, the Crystal of Life is corrupted.

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is an RPG game, shown from an overhead view for movement within areas and using a 3rd person view for battles. The game is divided into "areas" on the world map between which the player can freely jump. These areas are divided into Towns, Dungeons and Battle Areas. Towns feature characters to interact and talk to, Dungeons are mazes filled with monsters and Battle Areas are instant battles with specific monsters, completion of which sometimes awards special items. Inside a Dungeon or Town, the player moves from an overhead view, with he ability to jump, use weapon at whatever is in front of the character, interact with NPCs and attack monsters.

Unlike other Final Fantasy games, there are no random battles, all the enemies are visible to the player (or in specific "Battle Areas"). During battle, the game features turn-based combat (but not the "ATB battle system" used in other Final Fantasy games) where the player chooses from battle commands such as Attack, Defend, Item and Spells.

Also unlike other Final Fantasy games, the player's party only ever consists of two characters: Benjamin and another character who can either by controlled manually or automatically by the AI. Benjamin can collect armor for 4 different parts of the body as well as 4 different kinds of weapons, however the other party member cannot have their equipment changed.

Players can save at any point in the game. If the player is defeated in a battle, the game will let the battle be retried, but any items used will be lost.


Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest SNES Fighting some brownies and slimes
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest SNES Boss battle
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest SNES In the Bone Dungeon
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest SNES The beginning of the story

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Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest Screenshot
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest Screenshot
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest Magazine Advertisement
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest Magazine Advertisement Page 7

Alternate Titles

  • "(ファイナルファンタジーUSA ミスティッククエスト" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Mystic Quest Legend" -- European title
  • "Final Fantasy USA: Mystic Quest" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Too simple for most, but worth a look for any RPG fan SNES Nick Rycar (200)
It's too easy and simple, but a good choice for those new to the genre. SNES JohnLennon224 (16)

Critic Reviews

Mega Fun SNES Oct, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Play Time SNES Jan, 1994 80 out of 100 80
RPGFan SNES Jan 02, 2000 79 out of 100 79
Total! (Germany) SNES Nov, 1993 2.25 out of 6 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Nov, 1992 29 out of 40 72
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) SNES Jan 13, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Life Wii Sep 25, 2010 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Mag'64 Wii Dec 19, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65 SNES Jan, 2005 6.2 out of 10 62
Video Games SNES Jan, 1994 62 out of 100 62


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Apparently, there is a bug in some copies that only occurs in certain Super NES control decks. This bug can be found in the area Falls Basin, as well as any other area that shares the same music. If the game is saved and resumed from these spots, the music will trail off into silence after about 30 seconds, and the game will freeze altogether if any action is performed during this time.

Related Web Sites

  • FF-Fan (A fansite that offers all kinds of information on the entire Final Fantasy franchise, including walkthroughs, game media, discussion boards and fan art.)
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