Excerpt: It seems that few developers, even those who should really be concerned with making a name for themselves, are interested in breaking new ground these days, especially when it comes to the handheld market. The GBA has seen a steady succession of sequels that bear a little too much similarity to their ancestral brethren, along with any number of remakes from the SNES days and beyond. One such effort is Sword of Mana .
Excerpt: Back when Square and Nintendo had finally made up for their lengthy spat over the lack of RPG's on Nintendo systems for many years, wholly new games were not a high priority. Existing franchises saw new installments quickly created to take advantage of Nintendo platforms' ability to host them again, and Brownie Brown was enlisted to create Sword of Mana in this phase. Some of its staff members had experience in Final Fantasy Adventure , the game that Sword was based off.
Excerpt: “Sword of Mana.” The name itself seems almost oxymoronic as most RPGers would consider mana and swords to be two completely different ideas in separate spheres of influence. Rarely does one see a mage form a sword out of mana and start hacking away. The idea seems somewhat silly and unfortunately the game does not get much better than its title.
Excerpt: Sword of Mana is the latest, and as this review concludes a worthwhile entry, in the Mana action-RPG series. This game chain debuted way back on the original Gameboy as Final Fantasy Adventure , the very game being overhauled by Sword of Mana . Sword of Mana ’s look and feel is very reminiscent of earlier Mana games and even older Final Fantasy ’s. You know the drill. Head for a new populated settlement, talk to everyone in sight for hints and clues.
Excerpt: Sword of Mana is a remake of a game for the original Game Boy called Final Fantasy Adventure. Final Fantasy Adventure, though not named as a Mana game in the US, started the whole series. The most popular member of the Mana series is the first one released for the Super Nintendo called Secret of Mana. This game is graphically, as well as in some other gameplay objects, styled off of that game.
Excerpt: Sword of Mana was hyped up as the impressive remake of the gameboy RPG known as Final Fantasy Adventure . Impressive it is not. There are just far too many problems that hold this game from being any of the things it tried: being a remake of Final Fantasy Adventure , or to be a worthy chapter in the Mana series. The gameplay in Sword of Mana fails to impress. It is a very basic hack and slash game, reminiscent of the Diablo series, except it’s far more clunky.