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Children of Mana (Nintendo DS)

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
 Ages 12 and Over
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • To arms! Take up sword, flail, hammer and bow, and strike back at the evil that corrupts the heart of Mana.
  • Unlock the power of the gems. Players pick from more than 180 magic gems to customize their characters with new abilities that suit their playing styles and to prepare for intense, fast-paced battles.
  • Play the adventure solo or with friends in four-player local wireless games. Players take on the most difficult challenges, fight formidable foes and even fight one another for loot.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000FW4OHS
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 14 x 1.9 cm ; 113 g
  • Release Date: 12 Jan 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,295 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Amazon.co.uk Review

The Mana series has had an odd history, its most famous incarnation in the West being the classic SNES role-player Secret of Mana. Considered to be the next best thing to The Legend Zelda at the time, in the intervening years Square Enix has completely failed to build on that acclaim. Unlike Secret of Mana this is a dungeon crawler. As such it’s similar to the recent Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, in that it has virtually no plot or puzzles – after picking one of four character types it’s your fate to endlessly trawl through a series of randomised dungeons.

Rogue-like games (named after the ancient ‘80s PC game from which all similar titles are derived) likes this do have their fans, particularly in Japan, and if you’re one of them then this is literal mana from heaven. Combat is initially interesting, with four different types of weapons each with secondary functions such as the flail that doubles as a grappling hook. True to the genre’s roots though actual fighting just comes down to mashing the same button over and over again. The only other complication is a magical familiar which will attack enemies on its own and which gives you access to a few simple spells.

What cannot be criticised about the game is its 2D graphics, which are easily some of the best seen on the DS. The huge bosses in particular look great and the game features cameos from series regulars such as Flammie and the Rabite enemies. Another boon is a multiplayer mode for up to four people to play co-operatively or competitively. Even so, unless you’re already a rogue-like fan, you may find the gorgeous graphics just don’t justify the repetitive action.
HARRISON DENT


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Story, but Fun Gameplay 17 Jan 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
In truth, there really hasn't been a great Mana game since Secret of Mana back in 1993. Every Mana game since has been met with astonishing mixed feelings, and Children of Mana is no different. Why did I buy it knowing this? For the same reason many Mana fans continue to invest in Mana games. There's always hope that the next installment will give us the same joy that Secret of Mana did. Unfortunately, Children of Mana does not do this. It doesn't rekindle the magic Secret of Mana gave us, but that shouldn't suggest it falls short of it either.

The world is in peril when a mana imbalance threatens to send the world back into the dark ages. It is up to a hero or heroine to stop this from happening and thus you'll set out to save the Mana Tree and the world itself. Children of Mana by no means has a great storyline going for it. At least where it falls short in story it more than makes up for in gameplay.

No matter how you look at it, Children of Mana is a dungeon crawler. It is an RPG, but it falls into the dungeon crawling category. When you enter dungeons they're just swarming with monsters, and you'll be surrounded before you know it. So you'll have to make your way through a dungeon battling everything in sight until you reach the boss, take him on, and then you're done. Rinse and repeat. The process does, at times become annoying, but Children of Mana offers some variety and interesting aspects to the gameplay to make up for it.

The first tidbit of interest is how combat works. It's actually pretty fun to go through dungeons killing things. It's surprisingly addictive for the first couple of hours. You've got three hit combos you can perform on enemies. You can knock enemies into other enemies. There's quite a bit of intersting things you can do.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun in short doses 6 Mar 2007
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Here we have one of the most highly anticipated DS releases in the form of Children of Mana which, while fun at first, can become tiring rather quickly

Visually the game is quite impressive. No 3D elements, just nicely drawn classic top-down sprites, detailed backgrounds, smooth animation and subtle but effective visual effects. The presentation is very good with some impressive cutscenes. These are very few and far between, but it keeps them special. The menus can be a little confusing at times - one example is if you pause the game during a battle, the default option is "Return" - choosing Return will return you to your home village, not to the battle. It is noted, but it will catch you out a couple of times and it can be quite annoying. The characters are well designed and the enemies and bosses are quite memorable

The sound isn't so good. Sounds effects are good and voiceovers are kept to a minimum which is something I appreciate while others think it may have benefited from them. But most importantly is the music. Typically games of this nature have an epic soundtrack and Square-Enix's other offerings in the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series are absolutely brimming with memorable, well-written tunes. And for a game that you will be playing for 20 hours plus a good soundtrack is almost compulsary unless you insist on having your own music on. But this is one aspect that the game is lacking. The soundtrack is completely forgettable, bland, and slightly repetitive. I can name one song which is worth a listen (Tower of Mana dungeon theme - awesome tune) but the rest is very lacklustre and not up to the usual standards of Square-Enix

And most importantly - gameplay.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game, but repetitive. 12 Jan 2007
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
It's a great game. The graphics are beautiful, so you wont be let down there. Though it is, essentially, a dungeon crawler. Be wary of this before you buy it, because its lots of hack and slash around various dungeons over and over again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The World of Mana is back with a bang! 16 Jan 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
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 form of the PSone's Legend of Mana and the remake of Seiken Densetsu, Sword of Mana (which was developed by an outside company - Nintendo's very own Brownie Brown). What people are eager to know, though, is whether this is a strong enough entry to jump-start the series once more...

Graphics: 9/10

Whilst it may not have 3D visuals, the artistic 2D style is simply stunning and mixed with batches animated cut-scenes, this is one of the most impressive DS games so far.

Sound: 8/10

The Mana games have always had amazing soundtracks, bustling with tunes that embrace you completely, not letting go - Children of Mana has some of these special tracks, but just not as many as prior outings.

Gameplay: 9/10

Unlike other games of this ilk, the dungeon crawling here is broken up expertly enough to ensure nothing becomes boring and is all in fact thoroughly enjoyable right up until the end...

Value: 9/10

The main quest itself is pleasantly time consuming, but mix in the numerous side-quests, multi-player adventuring and the seemingly endless possibilities when it comes to gem fusing, you will at least be looking at thirty hours easily.

Overall: 9/10

Gamers expecting a game in the same vein as Secret of Mana or Sword of Mana may come away disappointed by the gameplay change, but if you wander in with an open mind you will find that this transformation of the Mana world is fantastic. Dungeon crawling games can wear thin over time, but Children of Mana exudes enough class to last the whole adventure...
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3.0 out of 5 stars its ok.
It's ok and woth the buy. There is one or two things wrong with this game though. One thing is that the gameplay is not as very as many other games. Read more
Published 13 months ago by wolfman
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy days are here again!
This is an excellent game at a very reasonable price too. I have many a happy hour & days battling monsters. I borrowed a copy a few years ago & now I have my own!
Published 15 months ago by David Farrar
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst RPG I have ever played in my opinion
To be honest I found this game so boring I can't even be bothered to write a full on review, but having read all the other reviews I feel it's only fair that people are given... Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2009 by L. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun
I got this game because i liked the sound of it and nobody i know has it.

At the start of the game you can pick from four people each have a diffrent life story. Read more
Published on 26 May 2007 by Patricia Niblett
4.0 out of 5 stars Secret of mana clone ? afraid not
If your getting this becouse you played the origanal secret of mana for the snes you will find some slight disapointment form this game. but nevermind it will pass! Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2007 by M. hill
4.0 out of 5 stars A cute fun adventure
This is the fourth mana game I have played and I found this one a good contender allow not as deep or as long as Secret of Mana. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2007 by Lapis
4.0 out of 5 stars Have I been here before? (US Review)
Mana? The world needs it otherwise crazy stuff starts happening, and that is exactly how the game opens. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2007 by C. O'Connor
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