Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. It seems old-fashioned at first, but Mana Khemia takes a surprisingly fresh look at old role-playing conventions.
  2. It isn't particularly deep or thought-provoking, or noticeably challenging. It's just fun.
  3. 75
    The deep alchemy system and unique grow book are worth the price of admission alone and the collector’s edition is chock full of fan-service.
  4. 80
    NIS America picked a nice, light RPG to bring out in Mana Khemia, and its localizations are steadily improving.
  5. AceGamez
    80
    Its most distinguishing feature is the quality that permeates the experience; a light-hearted-but-engaging romp in a fantastical world of alchemy and demonic teddy bears, Mana Khemia is a testament to the flexibility of RPG design - and it's a lot of fun (except that damn theme song!)
  6. Anyway, Mana Khemia has a solid story, hilarious character dialogue, and an engaging combat system, and it lets you make giant swords using only dirt, vegetables, woodchips, and household cleaning products.
  7. 90
    Mana Khemia is an incredibly fun game with a fairly large scope, that takes a minimum of 40 hours to complete. And, with a simple New Game Plus feature, serious fans can get all of the character-specific endings without doing much work.
  8. 80
    Mana Khemia offers plenty of humor, great looking 2D graphics, solid music, and a combat system that makes the turn-based approach a little more hands on.

Awards & Rankings

25
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#6 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2008
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#9 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2008
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 29, 2011
    10
    Mana Khemia is the absolute best JRPG on the PS2. The characters are inventive and original, the story is interesting, and at times a bit of aMana Khemia is the absolute best JRPG on the PS2. The characters are inventive and original, the story is interesting, and at times a bit of a mystery, and the leveling system is innovative. Simply put if you own a PS2 and enjoy JRPGs such as Final Fantasy, Tales of, and especially the Atelier series, you should own this game. The graphics aren't great, but if graphics are all you care about then JRPGs probably aren't your thing, the music is great, and memorable, plus with 8 different endings the replayability is sky high. Believe me when I say this game is must have for your PS2 collection, it's so great I personally had to buy 2 copies, one got scratched up so bad I couldn't play it because I played it so much. If you have managed to skip over this game, stop, and pick it up, the used price tag isn't bad nowadays, and if you already have it, you could always buy the PSP version on the PSN for 9.99, either way, it's a great deal for a fantastic game. Full Review »
  2. [anonymous]
    Apr 9, 2008
    10
    Worth checking out, best PS2 RPG thus far this year... might be the last good game for this system.
  3. Mar 20, 2017
    10
    Fantastic gameplay, core visuals and audio, every single element I could ever ask for in a JRPG. That said, it's more of a JRPG with threeFantastic gameplay, core visuals and audio, every single element I could ever ask for in a JRPG. That said, it's more of a JRPG with three capital J's and a couple exclamation marks. I've always been quick to judge or hate on almost all anime or Japanese-based media, (manga, drama, etc.) but I absolutely adored this game, and it's my favorite RPG on the PS2. Full Review »