​A Game That Captures What I Love About Secret Of Mana

It can be hard to dissect what made a classic game great. Trying to recapture that spark can often lead to something desperate — a game without its own identity. Wayward Souls does not have that problem.

In the video above, I take a look at the retro stylings of Wayward Souls for iOS. It's a game that fuses elements of games like Secret of Mana and Rogue to create something new and wonderful — a mobile game that captures what made 16-bit action RPGs great instead of merely mimicking them.


You can pick up Wayward Souls for 5 bucks on the App Store. Android and PC versions are also on the way.

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Everytime I hear some one say a game is "like Secret of Mana" I get excited as my first thought is that it actually plays like SoM but I'm always disappointed since what they really meant is it's "like a top down real-time RPG".

Of course SoM was a top down real-time RPG so the comparison is still true but SoM's wait till your stamina gauge gets to 100% before attacking and menu based magic system make it imo not the best comparison for just a top down real-time RPG in general.

The only game I can remember off the top of my head that actually played like SoM was Secret of Evermore which was actually made using its engine (Rogue Galaxy's battle system reminded me of it somewhat too but it's been so long since I played that I can't remember why now...). If anyone knows any others let me know cause I'd love to play them... that is if I haven't already and I'm just forgetting because of my old man-ness.

Now having gotten all that crap off my chest this game does look fun and had I a device that plays games from the App Store (I don't own a smart phone, now that I think about it I can't even remember the last time I talked on a phone and it wasn't a business call lol) I would probably pick it up right now but I definitely will be doing so when the PC version releases.