Excerpt: Children of Mana is a wonderful example of what is wrong with the role playing genre in this age. Some of these problems have existed for a long time, but numerous companies have progressed past them. Here is another role playing game that promotes goddess worship.
Conclusion: In short, Children of Mana has a retro feel to it – it captures the innocent magic of the Secret of Mana. Alas, that was over ten years ago! The game remains simplistic even with a lot of hours of play available.
Excerpt: Now, I'm all for a bit of retro charm but sometimes a game can be so old fashioned it brings back painful memories of the past that should be long forgotten - like shell suits and the music of The Proclaimers.
Summary: The World of Mana is now in full flow over in Japan, but Europe is about to get its first dose of the action with Children of Mana, the début title in what Square Enix is hoping will be the full-on resurrection of a franchise that was unfairly left lying around, with just two recent updates in the...
Excerpt: When I took the job to review Children of Mana my spirits were raised. Not only would it be my first piece for The Hylia, it would be a chance to see how my once beloved Mana series is doing. As a standalone game it's fairly decent.
Summary: I wanted to like this game. I really did as it looks so good but it’s so very boring and that’s something a Mana game should never be, it’s like the gaming equivalent of celery. You buy it take a bite and immediately wished you had some flavor to go with the blandness.