Summary: This game is a classic "A" button masher. The graphics are nice and themusic is good. A nice addition to the mana series. If you enjoy the Zelda type games or Shining Soul I & II then this game should suit you nicely. If you are looking for an rpg or tactical turn based style game then look elsewhere. The game is simple and straight forward yet easy to enjoy. You have a choice of four characters to play, basically Fighter, Mage, and variations of the two.
Summary: I am a 'mana' fanatic so this game really appealed to me because of the similarities to past games (flammie, the same spirits, etc.). The story line is a little lame and there are some glitches but it's fun. I enjoy it so far! It's def not 'secret of mana' but it works for a portable form of entertainment. If you're not into the series you probably will just find this game boring with A LOT of dialogue.
Summary: That said, I don't feel the series has gone in the BEST direction. Is it a good game in the series, though? Sure. I give it about a 7 out of 10. IT has got its flaws, but there is also a lot to love about this title. Give it a chance.
Summary: Pros: Excellent story, love the battle sequence, and a great continuation of an oldy but goldy, "Children of Mana" from the SNES. Cons: The Co-op portion of the game only allows 1 person to advance, so in a way you have to play the game twice to beat it...
Summary: Unlike other offshoots of the Mana franchise, this one keeps it fairly similar to the original. The added ability to duel wield two types of weapons, matched with occasionally frenetic gameplay makes this a fast paced game. In addition to duel wielding, there is also an added feature of using and fusing gems. While using the gems is less important for those using a melee combat character, the system works smoothly and intuitively.
Summary: First the bad: I was expecting some more updated graphics, but the graphics are old fasioned. There are side quests, but work as returning to previous dungeons and make your way through to the end like you would do during the regular story line. Now the good: Real-time battle system, multi-player, good story line, and summon spirits to aid you in battle! The basic game play takes place on the top screen with the menu options on the touch screen.