Adventures of Mana is an action role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix. It is a 3D remake of the 1991 Game Boy game Final Fantasy Adventure, the first game in the Mana series. It was released worldwide for Android and iOS on February 4, 2016; a PlayStation Vita version was also released on the same date in Japan, and in June 2016 in North America and Europe. In addition to these releases, Square Enix had considered a PlayStation 4 version; as of 2021, no such release has been made.
The player takes the role of a young hero Sumo who, together with a heroine known as Fuji, tries to stop the Dark Lord of Glaive from destroying the Tree of Mana. The gameplay focuses on sword combat. The view is a top-down perspective. The player traverses the game world and makes their way through dungeons. While fighting monster characters, a gauge is shown on the screen filling up over time and resetting when the player gets hit or attacks; by waiting to attack until the gauge is full, the player can use a stronger attack. The player is accompanied by various non-player characters, who each have different skills the player can use, and who help them defeat enemies.
Adventures of Mana is actually a remake of Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden (聖剣伝説 ファイナルファンタジー外伝, lit. "Holy Sword Legend: Final Fantasy Side-story"), a Game Boy game released in Japan on June 8, 1991, in North America on November 1 of the same year under the title Final Fantasy Adventure, and in Europe in 1993 under the name Mystic Quest. The core story was the same but it included many references to the Final Fantasy series, such as chocobos. Having faced bankruptcy before the release of Final Fantasy on the NES, Square decided to play up this side of the game for its North American release by putting it in the main title rather than the subtitle.
An enhanced and extended retelling of the original story, titled Sword of Mana, was released in 2003 to mixed reviews.
A faithful re-creation
The idea for Adventures of Mana came from the producer, Masaru Oyamada, who wanted all Mana games to be playable on modern platforms for the series' 25th anniversary in 2016. Initially there was some argument at Square Enix about whether the remake should be done in 2D or 3D; they chose 3D, as it was thought to be easier to control on smartphones and because it could be used as a base for potential future Mana remakes. However, the original staff was not involved in the remake's development because many had already left Square Enix.
The game has received positive reviews, with reviewers giving particular praise to the visuals and the music, and some calling it a better Final Fantasy Adventure remake than Sword of Mana had been. Once again, the game features a chocobo.
|Collection of Mana (Final Fantasy Adventure · Secret of Mana · Trials of Mana) · Dawn of Mana|
|Legend of Mana · Children of Mana · Friends of Mana · Heroes of Mana · Rise of Mana · Circle of Mana|
|Sword of Mana · Adventures of Mana · Secret of Mana (2018) · Trials of Mana (2020) · Legend of Mana (2021)|
Adventures of Mana
|Sumo · Fuji|
|Other Party Members|
|Amanda · Bogard · Cibba · Lester · Marcie · Watts|
|Dark Lord · Julius · Davias|
|Air Element · Ape · Barnacklejack · Basilisk · Beholder · Blood Owl · Bulette · Chibidevil · Cobra · Dark Stalker · Death Crab · Death Flower · Death Gauntlet · Death Scorpion · Demon · Denden · Doppel Mirror · Dragonfly · Duck Soldier · Earth Element · Evil Sword · Eye Spy · Fire Moth · Gall Fish · Garasha · Gargoyle · Gas Cloud · Ghost · Griffin Hand · Goblin · Green Slime · Grell · Guardian · Killer Bee · Land Leech · Lizardman · Magician · Mammoth · Mandrake · Manta Ray · Mega Xorn · Mimic · Minotaur · Molebear · Mummy · Mushboom · Ninja · Ogre · Orc · Pakkun Lizard · Phantasm · Porcupine · Poto · Pumpkin Bomb · Rabite · Red Wisp · Roper · Ruster · Saber Cat · Sahagin · Saurus · Sea Dragon · Shadow Zero · Skeleton · Snowman · Swamp Man · Tarantula · Tortoise Knight · Walrus · Wererat · Werewolf · Wizard · Wonder · Zombie|
|Jackal · Hydra · Vampire · Megapede · Medusa · Mind Flayer · Metal Crab · Cyclops · Grinder · Chimera · Dark Lord · Marilith · Kraken · Ifrit · Lich · Mantis Ant · Garuda · Dragon · Red Dragon · Zombie Dragon · Julius|
|Candy · Potion · Elixir · Ether · Eye Drops · Mole Whiskers · Antidote · Gold Needles · Unicorn Horn · Hi-Potion · Hi-Ether|
|Fireball · Ice Missile · Ice Rocket · Thunder Arrow · Thunderbolt · Baby Monkey · Lambsy's Pillow|
|Stat Buffing Items|
|Crystal · Bacchus's Wine · Athena's Kiss · Ea's Tear · Adaman Brew|
|Saurus Fang · Gold Dust · Opal · Ruby Baubles|
|Mattock · Keyring|
|Magic Book Items|
|Book of Curing · Book of Fire · Book of Sleep · Book of Healing · Book of Ice · Book of Silence · Book of Thunder · Book of Flare|
|Amanda's Tear · Skeleton Key · Silver Key · Moon Mirror · Rust-B-Gone · Chunk of Mythril · Mana Pendant|
|Weapon List · Armor List|
|Broadsword · Mythril Blade · Rusty Sword · Blood Sword · Ice Brand · Dragon Buster · Excalibur · Sickle · Morningstar · Mantis Sickle · Battle-Axe · Were-Buster · Demon Axe · Chain Flail · Flame Flail · Wind Spear · Thunder Spear|
|Bronze Armor · Iron Armor · Mythril Armor · Gold Armor · Diamond Armor · Flame Armor · Ice Armor · Dragon Mail · Samurai Armor · Bronze Shield · Iron Shield · Mythril Shield · Gold Shield · Diamond Shield · Fire Shield · Ice Shield · Dragon Shield · Aegis Shield · Bronze Helm · Iron Helm · Mythril Helm · Gold Helm · Diamond Helm · Samurai Helm|
|Bogard's Cabin · Dwarf Cave · Glaive Empire · Ish · Jadd · Lorim · Menos · Topple · Wendel|
|Forbidden Mines · Airship · Shifting Sands · Eastern Cave · Hidden Waterfall · Crooked Boulder · Old Mansion · Dime Tower · Gaia Pass · Glaive Castle · Mana Sanctuary · Marsh Cellar · Mt. Illusia · Kett Manor|
|Glass Desert · Palmy Desert · Marshes · Mushboom Forest · Steppe · Wendel Beach · Westlake|
|Gemma Knight · Mana Tree · Mana Sword · Stats in Adventures of Mana|
|Game Mechanics & Script|
|Version Differences · Adventures of Mana Trophies|