July 18, 2014
Gamepad support has been added.
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.
Additional Information (reference only):
ESRB Rating: E10+ with Mild Fantasy Violence and Mild Suggestive Themes
The following bugs have been addressed:
・The application does not launch.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we hope you continue to enjoy playing Secret of Mana.
Ratings and Reviews
Unplayable from a fan of the original
I played through the original SNES game a dozen times. It is one of my favorite childhood games. However, I cannot recommend this port because of the broken party AI. In the original, your other characters moved and fought independent of your actions, except when sprinting, based on their Action Grid settings. In the port, your other characters move to you anytime you move. This leads combat to be a fairly single character experience, with your other characters constantly dying running back and forth between you and their target. It is an oversight that gives you a feeling that the people that ported the game never actually played the game. I could get use to the controls and shaky animation, but having to stand completely still so that your party will attack something is absurd.
One glaring problem...
An overall quite fun game. I gad been wanting to play it for a while, and it works wonderfully as a mobile game. The reason I won’t go above 2 stars is that the app programmers committed what should be considered the cardinal sin: the app won’t let you listen to music or podcasts while playing. When I want to play a game on mobile, I often am listening to a podcast or I am killing time while waiting which often means listening to music. This game is useless for both since I am forced to pick between outside audio and the actual game. After doing some investigating, it sounds like this is a problem with all of their other remakes as well, so it looks like U will be staying away from Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior. :(
Secret of mana was a great game growing up and I don't have any problem supporting the port over by buying the app.
However playability is a whole other thing.
The button configuration menu only allowed me to change the direction button, not the action buttons.
There was no difference between layout 1 and 2.
When walking through doors my characters would often run back in the opposite direction (inside or outside) I was heading. This is because the pressure settings are too sensitive and when I put my thumb down I have to be really careful in the direction away from the entrance I am heading in.
Finally was the character action settings, when set to avoid, the non controlled character just skips around the screen very glitchy like. When set to help controlling character it very lazily helps to attack a creature. Sometimes it will sometimes it just waits for awhile. And when the action is set to attack the character just goes and gets killed.
So I love SoM and don't mind supporting the devs but the game for me isn't playable on the iPhone 7 plus.
- SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd.
- 192.1 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, French, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 9+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- © (C)1993,2010 Square Enix Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.