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Release year: 1995 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Squaresoft
Secret of Evermore (SNES)
Secret of Evermore is an EPIC 2D action role-playing game (RPG) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) developed and published by Square in 1995. Keep on reading to learn more!
The success of Squaresoft’s Secret of Mana which was released outside Japan naturally yearned for a sequel. To cast a wider net, the game development company opted for a two-prong approach. The true sequel, Seiken Densetsu 3, was released in Japan and western gamers got what will be the first RPG developed by the Squaresoft American Team. The obvious difference is the characteristic American theme to the game. Design wise, it was less epic than Seiken Densetsu 3 but that minor flaw also made it stand out against other Japanese RPG releases.
Those who have played Secret of Mana will notice the familiar gameplay which has been brought over to Secret of Evermore. Why fix something’s that not broken? Starting with a bone as a weapon, the hero must fight monsters to gain experience and eventually get better weapons. The minions are nothing compared to the bosses so levelling up is a must before trying to take on one.
Fluid control – that’s the way to define the game handling in Secret of Evermore. Buttons are plotted in the most efficient way so as not to get confusing or tedious.
To give Secret of Evermore a more serious touch, Squaresoft decided to use less colors compared to its predecessor. Nonetheless, the illustrations are still astounding and are now more realistic than ever. Bosses are immense and the animations are smooth and aplenty. Secret of Evermore might not be vibrant but it’s more alive.
Soundtrack is on point and blends well with the graphics and the scenarios. There are times when music is so ambient, it’s almost unnoticeable. Moods are captured well without pushing the volume too much.
It’s not Seiken Densetsu 3, and it doesn’t have to pretend. Secret of Evermore for SNES is a gem by itself. It may not be the real sequel to the highly successful Secret of Mana but it’s a great RPG that will be remembered through generations.
Secret of Evermore has been ported to Super NES (this version) and Super Nintendo Classic Mini.