Released In: 1995
In 1965, a mysterious labratory accident led to disappearance of Professor Sidney Ruffleberg and his companions. 30 years later, an adolescent boy and his dog stumble upon the professor's mansion and accidentally activate his equipment, sending them into the virtual world of Evermore. You will control the boy and his dog, explore the four worlds that comprise Evermore, and try to find a way back home. Along the way, you'll master alchemy, fight monsters, and discover what happened to the Professor and his pals.
Syd Lexia: You know, you can't bring up this game without someone lecturing you about how it's not sequel to Secret of Mana. Who the fuck cares if it's the sequel to Secret of Mana? It's a great game on its own merits. The game is fun to play, and the music is absolutely fantastic. And since the game was developed by Square USA, its sharpy, witty dialogue doesn't suffer from any of the occasional awkwardness that RPGs translated from Japanese have. Also, the whole alchemy thing is pretty cool.
All in all, this game is quite good. Just remember that it has *nothing* to do with Secret of Mana.
Valdronius: I bought this game with the money I received for selling Phalanx, Super Ninja Boy, and some football game, possibly Madden NFL '94. Seeing as none of those games are on this list, I guess I made a good buy. Like many others, I bought this game assuming it was somehow related to Secret of Mana. While the interface is largely similar, there is no connection, aside from the Square logo. The games weren't even made in the same hemisphere, let alone by the same people. Nevertheless, I love this game. Great gameplay, a great soundtrack, and it caters to smark gamers with its in-jokes, fake movie quotes, and Final Fantasy cameos. We may not have a rat's chance in a room full of cats, but we're going after that cheese.
Murdar Machene: OH LOOK, IT'S THE SEQUEL TO SECRET OF MANA! SEE, BECAUSE IT HAS THE WORD "SECRET" IN THE TITLE! ALSO MARIO KART IS THE SEQUEL TO SUPER MARIO WORLD BECAUSE IT HAS THE WORD "MARIO" IN THE TITLE!
Douche McCallister: Shame on you Square for making me think this game was going to be as awesome as Secret of Mana. The gameplay was similar, but damn was it annoying. It takes an hour to build your Bone up to Level 3 and your alchemy abilities cost in the millions to max out. The game's still kinda fun after you get past the part where you need to build up an insane amount of money to move on.