If you are a fan of the Mana series, chances are you’ve heard about Rise of Mana or you have chosen to ignore it. Personally, I’m not the hugest fan of the Mana series, but I can always count on it to give me a unique action adventure experience.
Rise of Mana, the newest in the series, is for iOS and Android devices and still holds true to its roots with a brightly colored world, cute characters, and action-based combat. Recently a trailer was released, showing off the main characters and story as well as the gameplay, shops, and what looks to be a pet system.
The story, roughly speaking, is about two worlds at war – the Rasuta (people of the light/angels) and Daruka (people of the dark/demons) that have been fighting for centuries. The two main characters, an angel and demon arrive in the human world due to mysterious consequences and decide to team up because if they stay in the human world for too long their power will disappear and they will die.
I will admit that the game looks great for an iOS game. The environments are stretched to their visual capacity and the characters are detailed while still remaining authentic and fitting with the world. However, there is something that’s a little off to me. Even though this game looks great it still feels lack-luster when compared to the other more successful entries to the series such as Dawn of Mana or the ever-famous Secret of Mana. There is still a part of me that looks down upon iOS and Android games despite the fact that I’m a huge fan of Chaos Rings, Mage Gauntlet, and other games. Something about them seems so cheap and a grab at money in the worst possible way. I’m not even talking about the little extras that you have to pay for on occasion, just the idea that this game won’t be on a console or at the very least a handheld is a little discouraging. Maybe in the end it came down to money and the team might be smaller than the one that worked on previous games. I don’t know, but I’m not a fan of larger franchises releasing new installments on mobile devices.
So far Rise of Mana has been announced for Japan but not yet confirmed for the west in any way. If you are a fan of the series and need something more substantial to play on your tablet or phone in between commutes, this may be one to consider.
What do you think of the Mana series on mobile devices? If you had access to the game, would you pick it up? Sound off in the comments below!