Retro Game Friday: Final Fantasy Adventure

Michael Blaker
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This week on Retro Game Friday I’m covering a game I used to play way back when I was a kid. It’s Final Fantasy Adventure!

Plot Synopsis: The Hero (named by the player), is a prisoner of the Dark Lord. One day, the Hero’s friend informs him of the Dark Lord’s goals and urges him to seek a Knight named Bogard. As the Hero escapes imprisonment, he learns the Dark Lord is seeking a key to the Mana Sanctuary in order to control the Mana Tree, an energy source which sustains life. The Hero is befriended by the Heroine (named by the player) who is also seeking Bogard.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, nothing super spectacular, but it did set off the Mana series. Too bad it’s been reduced to cash grabs by Square in recent years for mobile gaming. I really enjoyed the plot as a kid and looking back it’s definitely one of the better games I played as a kid.

Gameplay: It played a lot like the 2D Zelda games, although it had a leveling system and the ability to kill NPCs. Very few games allow you to do so now  with impunity.

Art: It’s one of those old sprite games and so it holds up pretty well. It’s nothing super fancy but holds up to the test of time very well.

Music: I don’t remember it at all, this is one of the very first games I ever played on my original Gameboy back in the day.

Overall: This is a great game if you love Zelda or Final Fantasy.

For those who like: Action RPGs, Great Plots, Amazing Art.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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