Square-Enix, the creator of the Final Fantasy series, just released an iPhone port of its critically acclaimed action-RPG Seiken Densetsu 2, also known as Secret of Mana over here.
When released, the 17 year old game was considered one of the best Japanese RPG ever made, alongside with other top Super NES games such as Chrono Trigger. Rather than using the traditional turn-based battle system of games like Final Fantasy, Secret of Mana utilizes real-time battles, but still employs typical RPG elements. The game will likely look old-fashioned to some, but 17 years later the brightly-colored graphics still work, and the game’s expansive plot will likely keep many iPhone users entertained for dozens of hours.
The story takes place in a fictional world, during an unspecified period following a war between a civilization and god-like beasts concerning the use of mana to fuel the “Mana Fortress”, a flying warship. During this war, a hero used the power of the Mana Sword to destroy the fortress and appease the angered gods, returning peace to the world. Several years later, your character – a young boy – finds the sword, embedded in a stone. Guided by a disembodied voice, he pulls the sword free, and inadvertently unleashes monsters in the vicinity of his home town. The villagers consider the sword’s removal a bad omen and banish the boy, as they do not know yet that your character will soon become a new hero chosen to restore peace to his world. An elderly knight named Jema recognizes the blade as the legendary Mana Sword, and encourages the hero to re-energize it by visiting the eight Mana Temples. Joined by two additional companions, your hero quickly realizes that evil forces are trying to rebuild the Mana Fortress, and take over the world.
The game is available in the App Store for $8.99 – not exactly a cheap game, but still a lot less expensive than what the game cost when launched 17 years ago. To download the game, click here