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  • Summary: When the world was shrouded in darkness, the Goddess of Mana drew forth the Sword of Mana to smite the eight Benevodons, monsters of destruction. She sealed the horrors inside the eight Mana Stones, bringing the realm back from the brink. Weakened from rebuilding the world, the GoddessWhen the world was shrouded in darkness, the Goddess of Mana drew forth the Sword of Mana to smite the eight Benevodons, monsters of destruction. She sealed the horrors inside the eight Mana Stones, bringing the realm back from the brink. Weakened from rebuilding the world, the Goddess changed herself into a tree and fell into a deep sleep for many years. However, the forces of evil soon sought to free the Benevodons to gain control of the world. They started a terrible war to further their plot and destabilize the kingdoms. Peace was at an end. Mana itself began to disappear from the world and the Mana Tree started to wither... Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 22, 2020
    80
    Trials of Mana is absolutely charming and does an excellent job keeping what works from the original while upgrading its aesthetics to the modern era. The combat system works well in its new 3D trappings, with a tough but satisfying learning curve. The transition to modern tech has introduced some camera problems, though, and I wish Square Enix had taken this opportunity to flesh out the world with interesting sidequests and to trim out some of the more tedious dialogue. Even so, exploring, battling, and waging war with bosses all remain really fun, and its JRPG tropes come off as charming throwbacks rather than eye-rolling cliches.
  2. May 15, 2020
    80
    A nostalgic blast from the past, Trials of Mana could easily become the poster child for remakes done right. It has some failings, particularly the removed multiplayer and odd voice work, but it's an engaging action-RPG that's one of the best on PC.
  3. Apr 29, 2020
    80
    Trials of Mana is an entertaining game with grating, simple characters and a subpar story, but the fast action and colorful exploration make up for those issues.
  4. May 4, 2020
    80
    Trials of Mana is a qualitative remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, cleverly adapted to the modern era, but at the same time captive to the original game in elements such as the mediocre narration and the minor story character development.
  5. May 7, 2020
    80
    While certain parts of Trials of Mana definitely feel retro, as a whole Square Enix has crafted an extremely well renovated experience. What makes this a great remake is that both gameplay and visual revisions faithfully represent the original experience.
  6. Apr 22, 2020
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Apr 29, 2020
    70
    Trials of Mana gives modern features to a lesser-known classic. Combat tends to be overly simple, and the story is really basic, but it's still a fun, colorful adventure for JRPG fans to experience.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Jun 29, 2020
    10
    This is an incredible game, im being serious. Animations are pretty fluid, the art style is colorful and the music is really catchy and cute.This is an incredible game, im being serious. Animations are pretty fluid, the art style is colorful and the music is really catchy and cute. The character design, the class system and the outfit design are on spot.

    The equipment / item / ability management is straight forward with no useless complexity. The story is really good for this type of games. You should expect 40 hours of mostly non repetitive and interesting gameplay to begin with, you have also a wide selection of mods available on the internet and some post end game content to have fun with.

    Although the story is mostly linear, you can choose your characters and get some dialog variations and small differences depending on the composition of your party. Really nice experience overall, you get to empathize with characters and you get engaged with the story.

    If you like difficult games with fast pased combat this is not for you. If you hate cutscenes or anime style graphics this is not for you. However, if you like remakes of retro games with beautiful music, a good story and some fun abilities to play with, this is definitely the best game you should be playing for hours, even if you arent into the genre and you dont know the mechanics.

    This is a nice drug, easy to get into, hard to stop playing and that may make you dream and cry like a child if you still have a soul in this grey world.

    Have fun with Trials of Mana. I have already completed the game and Im off to a fresh start.

    May the Mana Godess be with you
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  2. Apr 25, 2020
    10
    It's a most play game, it's entertaining and has amazing design and beautiful music along with lots of hours of replay
  3. Apr 27, 2020
    9
    I think they did a really good job.
    While not technically super impressive, it's colorful and vibrant, full of charm.
    The gameplay is fun,
    I think they did a really good job.
    While not technically super impressive, it's colorful and vibrant, full of charm.
    The gameplay is fun, the world is pretty large, visiting all the unique areas has been a pleasure, the story is extremely basic but does its job, the soundtrack is incredible.
    What I liked the most was the wide array of customization for your party and their movesets.
    While not everything is perfect, I've had a great time with this. A big step up from Secret of Mana R.
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  4. Mar 26, 2021
    9
    Overall, it's a nice SNES RPG with modern graphics. Music is pretty good, art style is really nice. Bosses are item-spammy (unless I'm doingOverall, it's a nice SNES RPG with modern graphics. Music is pretty good, art style is really nice. Bosses are item-spammy (unless I'm doing something wrong, but I dodge a lot of attacks and still need to item-spam bosses). Always make sure to have plenty of medicinal herbs on hand for when you get status effects. Gameplay loop is essentially cutscene -> grinding -> cutscene -> boss -> cutscene -> exploration -> repeat. Level ups don't feel very powerful one-by-one, takes several to notice a difference, which makes it difficult to overpower the game (good or bad thing depending on your take). The party AI is pretty good for the most part, but they seem to go braindead sometimes when special attacks are being used, which can open them up for a decent amount of damage in boss fights.

    Also do yourself a favor and turn on Auto dash in the settings. And once you get your first class change, be sure to use your new WeakWeakWeakStrong combo, it does a ton of damage in the end! There's another hidden combo that unlocks when you get your third class, which is mashing light attack a bunch and then hitting strong attack as the fourth attack, it's a different combo from the previously mentioned one and does even more damage on that final hit.

    Had one crash, I killed the megaboss and the game crashed on me. Still got the achievement, but if I want the in-game reward I'm going to have to do it again.

    Timestamp is how long it takes to 100% the game on one playthrough, so not doing NG+ to see the other three character stories. Coop would've made this a 10 for me.
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  5. Jul 19, 2020
    8
    Un juego bonito, colorido y lleno de fantasia. Gran remake de un gran juego, si jugaste al original debes jugar este, si no pudiste jugar alUn juego bonito, colorido y lleno de fantasia. Gran remake de un gran juego, si jugaste al original debes jugar este, si no pudiste jugar al original pero te gusta el rpg debes jugar este. Actualizacion de un clasico hecha con cariño y respetando la obra original. Unos de los pocos puntos en contra son el nivel de dificultad claramente suavizado y no poder desactivar los puntos de señalizacion de objetivo en pantalla, te dicen en todo momento donde ir, con quien hablar, que cojer... destrozando toda sensacion de exploracion. Expand
  6. Apr 27, 2022
    7
    Hey it's a pretty solid game and if you don't expect it to be a perfect game then you would enjoy it. A bit too easy but it's still worth it.
  7. Jun 11, 2020
    2
    Is this nostalgia game? NO
    Is this for mature content game? NO
    Is this for people who played many many years ago? HELL NO! So, who is for?
    Is this nostalgia game? NO
    Is this for mature content game? NO
    Is this for people who played many many years ago? HELL NO!
    So, who is for? Kiddos! It's not need to be expert to play. Give the controllers to a 5 years old kid that's enough. This game is not for people who is waiting to play at these age!
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