YMMV / Secret of Evermore

  • Angst? What Angst?: The hero seems perfectly happy to go on a dangerous adventure in another world with no idea if he'll be able to get back home when he's done. In the opening minutes of the game, he winds up on a space space station and is herded into an empty room by a strange robot, and finds a bazooka in a container. His reaction? Fire off a practice shot and exclaim "Cool!"
  • Awesome Music: The entire game's soundtrack was LATHERED with some of the best orchestral works on the SNES, all done by the great Jeremy Soule, who also does little stuff like The Elder Scrolls, Knights of the Old Republic, and Harry Potter music. This was his first video game soundtrack and it still holds up today.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The appearance of Cecil Harvey in Gothica is a random cameo out of nowhere, and the implication that somehow the world of Final Fantasy IV is connected to Evermore raises a lot of questions. Which are never answered since Cecil is just a cameo and nothing about him is ever brought up once you leave his inn.
  • Cliché Storm: The four regions are themed after Prehistoria, Ancient Grome, Medieval European Fantasy, and Raygun Gothic, and hit almost every associated trope you'd expect from them: there's a Volcano in the jungle, there's a Great Pyramind and a city in the middle of a desert, there's a human chessboard inside a hedge maze, etc. It's not only likely intentional on the developer's part, it's also justified; Evermore is a world constructed from the imaginations of four people living in 1965 who created these worlds based on their own personal interests, so of course the worlds they imagine are going to be full of Hollywood History running on Rule of Cool.
  • Crazy Awesome: The entire game wouldn't be as memorable as it is if not for the silly and insane creativity that went into it. Did we mention the robot toaster dog with the laser cannon on its back yet?
  • Cult Classic: The game was never released in Japan, has never been re-released, and came out in 1995, near the end of the SNES's life with the Playstation hitting stores and the N64 on its way a year later. Thus, it has comparatively little exposure. However, fans that remember it do so fondly. One reviewer offered the opinion that, unlike the other RPGs Square was putting out for the Super NES (Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy IV and VI, Chrono Trigger), Secret of Evermore wasn't some epic, grand quest with evil villains and a dark storyline. It was a comparatively humble game about a boy and his dog going on a fun adventure. As a result, even if it has a certain charm to it, it's far less memorable and impressive than those other games.
  • Demonic Spiders: Metal Raptors and Death Spiders in Omnitopia. The raptors are agile and difficult to hit, and the aptly-named Death Spiders can kill you with one bite.
  • Game Breaker:
    • Barrier makes the user immune to physical attacks for 45 seconds. The catch is by the time you get it, you can count on one hand how many enemies left in the game actually use alchemy, and they're all bosses anyway. Thus, you basically get an invincibility spell, and after completing Gothica and getting 10,000 Gold Coins from the King, you can easily afford to max out your inventory on ingredients for Barrier.
    • Fire Power. Uses two ingredients (Feather and Brimstone) that are easy to stock up on, instantly hits when you cast it, and it deals damage comparable to Nitro, the strongest spell in the game. The only catch is that getting it is a Guide Dang It, but not too much of a problem.
    • Energize causes your weapon meter to automatically charge in only a couple of seconds, letting you spam powered-up attacks freely. Combine with the Neutron Blade for 3 or more hits of 999 damage. The only thing that stops it from breaking the game completely is that you only get it just before the final boss, so it only ruins that fight.
    • The toaster-dog comes very close if you leave it controlled by the AI. In addition to ludicrously high critical hit rates and a new ranged attack, the toaster-dog will also randomly counterattack with a full-power attack when he blocks/dodges. You barely need to do anything in the surface tubes sections: just let the toaster-dog take care of it.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • There's a way to get around the Verminator. However, you must remember not to try and use the door he normally blocks, or else you'll be stuck in his crates. Fortunately you can come back later in the game and kill him.
    • The Silver Sheath accessory is technically worthless since every sword-type weapon already has its bonus applied.
    • A little glitch involving the attack and defense buff spells and resetting the game can get your attack and defense stats well over sixty-five THOUSAND, as shown in this part of a Let's Play made by My Name Is Kaz and Medibot.
    • Infinite Call Beads! One square in Nobilia, if done properly, will yield infinite Call Beads (you can only carry 99 though) if you continue to push the button while standing there.
    • A glitch causes the Bazooka to have infinite ammo. No one minds.
    • If you release a charged attack just as you evade an enemy's attack, your charge meter won't deplete and you'll likely launch a second charged attack instantly.
  • Mis-blamed: Contrary to popular belief, this game had nothing to do with why Seiken Densetsu 3 was not localized. For one thing, this game was developed in English to begin with, so it had no way of interfering with the localization of a game that wasn't. Seiken Densetsu 3 wasn't localized due to numerous glitches that the developers wanted to fix before they localized it, and with the Super NES dying, they decided not to bother; on this game's side, the team was hired specifically to make Evermore, have said themselves they probably wouldn't have been the ones put in charge of localizing Seiken Densetsu 3 if it was attempted anyway, and the working title for the game was just "Evermore" and then the "Secret of" was tacked on to cash in on the popularity of Secret of Mana. All-in-all, other than some similar gameplay elements and graphics, Secret of Evermore does not, and has not ever, had anything to do with the Mana series.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The monster Mungola first appears as a pair of sickly yellow eyes behind a curtain. They're the size of car tires.
  • Retroactive Recognition: This was the first game that Jeremy Soule composed music for.
  • Signature Scene: The battle between the Boy and the Dog (the former armed with the Bone Crusher) against Thraxx, which features prominently in the original commercials and on the box art and manual. Reviewers commented how cool it was to reach your first boss fight and realize you're fighting the battle all the advertising focused on.
  • That One Boss:
    • The Verminator, a Rodent of Unusual Size that perches on a stack of crates (safely out of reach of most physical attacks), hurls potent alchemy spells including Explosion and Plague, and occasionally robs you of HP with Drain. You'd better either have leveled up your spear and offensive alchemy or be willing to use up some Call Beads.
    • Doubling as a Wake-Up Call Boss, Salabog hovers over the swamp out of range of your normal weapons, and as above can only be damaged through usage of a leveled-up spear or alchemy. There are two main differences—first, because he's the third boss of the game, Salabog is fought at a time when you have very few alchemy formulas at low levels, whereas Verminator is fought late in the game when you've powered your alchemy up. To make up for being out of reach, occasionally Salabog will snap its head forward to come in range. However, this also hits you for some nasty damage, so get out of the way. Oh yes, and it summons fireball minions to attack you and get in the way of your movement. Finally, Salabog has a lot of HP, 2000 — for points of comparison, the previous major boss, Thraxx, had 600 HP, and the final boss of the entire region, Magmar, has 1000.
    • The Bad Boy clones you fight in the Dark Forest. You fight three of them, each with a different alchemy. The first uses Crush, the second uses Storm. The third... uses Nitro, the most powerful formula in the game that will deal massive damage to you, and can kill you if you aren't fully healed.
  • That One Level:
    • The Desert of Doom. With the infinite sprinting trick, it can still take several minutes running through the desert at top speed to get across it. Without the trick you have to walk, which will take upwards of 15 minutes. 15 minutes walking across identical flat plains of desert, fending off Goddamn Bats while constantly healing to mend the desert's periodic health drain. The first thing most players are likely to do when they finally reach Nobilia for the first time is stock up on Amulets of Annihilation to pay for a ferry across the desert, because no one wants to cross back over the hard way.
    • Don't know the trick to getting through the Dark Forest? Cancel all appointments, you will be in there for hours. And for extra fun, there are two secrets to find in there that require you to divert off the path through the woods itself. Have fun.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: When it was released, many fans hated the game for not being Secret of Mana 2, which was never released in the West. (Today, of course, a Fan Translation means you can play both.)
  • What Could Have Been: In a Nintendo Life interview with Brian Fehdrau, he stated that a sequel was briefly considered after release, but corporate suits shot it down since they believed the SNES was declining.
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