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  • Summary: Coinciding with the release of Secret of Mana, its original soundtrack, Secret of Mana Original Soundtrack, is now 25% off until January 5, 2011!
    *The soundtrack can be purchased at iTunes Store.
    Initially released in Japan in 1993, Secret of Mana took the world by storm with its innovative
    Coinciding with the release of Secret of Mana, its original soundtrack, Secret of Mana Original Soundtrack, is now 25% off until January 5, 2011!
    *The soundtrack can be purchased at iTunes Store.

    Initially released in Japan in 1993, Secret of Mana took the world by storm with its innovative real-time battle system and gorgeously rendered world. It continues to stand out among other action RPGs for its seamless gameplay that anyone from beginner to veteran can enjoy.
    One of the most memorable elements of the Mana series is the Ring Command menu system. With the single press of a button, a ring-shaped menu appears on the screen, where players can use items, change weapons, and do a variety of other actions without needing to switch screens. This Ring Command menu system for which the Mana series is so well known was first introduced in Secret of Mana and has since appeared in most games in the series.
    Play as Randi and his two companions, Primm and Popoi, as they adventure all around the world. At the center of our epic story is the mystical power of Mana. Battle the empire in its quest for control of Mana. Befriend the eight elementals who wield the forces of nature itself. Numerous encounters await at every turn.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 18, 2011
    100
    A true Proust's Cookie of videogames, Secret of Mana is an absolute must-play of the iOS game library. Why ? Because everything that made it legendary in 1994 has been honored, and even improved in this version. Sure, the multiplayer was dropped, and the touch screen controls may bother some, but when you get beyond that, it's a wonder. Its pleasures are rooted in nostalgia, but this Action-RPG is at least as emblematic as a good Zelda.
  2. Jan 31, 2011
    100
    Whether you're an old fan or a curious newcomer, it's worth saving the Mana Fortress from being hijacked.
  3. Aug 2, 2011
    80
    This is an old school roleplaying game, with a superb presentation. Sadly, the controls are not as good we would have wished, and it lacks multiplayer capabilities. Despite these flaws, it is one of the best roleplaying games in the App Store.
  4. Jan 31, 2011
    75
    Seventeen years after its initial release, Secret of Mana remains the gold standard Action RPG.
  5. Jan 31, 2011
    75
    Secret of Mana is a genuine classic in every sense of the word. Square's SNES epic is still a hell of a play.
  6. Jan 31, 2011
    70
    A charming adventure packed with memorable characters, scenarios, and gameplay, Secret of Mana remains enjoyable in spite of control issues and minor audio quirks.
  7. Jan 31, 2011
    60
    The iPhone port is far from perfect, but it's Secret of Mana. You can do much worse.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Mar 20, 2012
    10
    A classic that comes back with a revamp in graphics! That was the first game I bought on my ipad and I can't get enough. The new graphics,A classic that comes back with a revamp in graphics! That was the first game I bought on my ipad and I can't get enough. The new graphics, translation, spells icons and magic effects, is the reason we should replay this game again. Any fan of the serie should play this. Expand
  2. Jul 27, 2011
    10
    What can you say about this game other then it is phenomenal? Albeit it takes a few hours of playing to get used to the touch screen movementWhat can you say about this game other then it is phenomenal? Albeit it takes a few hours of playing to get used to the touch screen movement once you do it is perfectly suited to iOS. They have provided shortcuts for magic (finally!) and kept everything true to the original. Worth the somewhat high price on the app store since it is just so good. Expand
  3. Feb 23, 2013
    10
    If you enjoy both Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past and Final Fantasy III, then you'll find this game is a breath of fresh air. I initiallyIf you enjoy both Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past and Final Fantasy III, then you'll find this game is a breath of fresh air. I initially got this game back in the 90's shortly after it was released. To criticize modern game design, it was a time when it payed off to focus on things such as one-player gameplay longevity, story, and general gamelay (e.g., challenge and replay value). It was also one of those games that is equally enjoyable with three people as it is with one.

    Overall, the game is extremely well balanced and controls responsive. The ring menus are well laid out and easy to comprehend. The challenge to reward aspect of is perhaps its strongest point, which is fantastic as it removes that "pointless and tedious" aspect of gameplay that makes me want to punt babies.

    This is one of Squaresoft's most underrated titles that the company ever pushed out, though likely that was due to Final Fantasy III being released shortly after. If you've never played it, it'll be well worth your time. Excellent for the casual gamer and more engaging enough for the RPG fan.
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  4. Jun 13, 2014
    10
    Sólo diré que este es el primer videojuego por el que empezó mi pasión por los videojuegos. Hasta la fecha no había visto nada tan profundo,Sólo diré que este es el primer videojuego por el que empezó mi pasión por los videojuegos. Hasta la fecha no había visto nada tan profundo, mágico y hermoso en los circuitos de ninguna consola. Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2015
    10
    Secret of Mana is an RPG originally for the SNES and NES. The tale tells of Randy, and his friends Popoi and Primm. The three characters fightSecret of Mana is an RPG originally for the SNES and NES. The tale tells of Randy, and his friends Popoi and Primm. The three characters fight to restore the mana from each of the temples scattered throughout the world back to the mana sword to face the antagonist, Thanatos and his minions, who seek to revive the mana fortress and take over the world. Expand
  6. Mar 13, 2014
    9
    A revolutionary battle system and multiplayer. This game is a truly great game and should be played by anyone who likes retro rpgs. AlthoughA revolutionary battle system and multiplayer. This game is a truly great game and should be played by anyone who likes retro rpgs. Although its boss battles can be annoying at times. Expand
  7. Aug 12, 2014
    0
    this is the dumbest game i ever played... the pathdinfing is a total shame... the IA is dumb as hell... i can't believe it's a squaresoftthis is the dumbest game i ever played... the pathdinfing is a total shame... the IA is dumb as hell... i can't believe it's a squaresoft game... it must be a joke. (even the music is pityfull) Expand

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