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Mystic Ark

Super Nintendo

Game Description:

Mystic Ark is a universe of mysterious doors, a huge multi-scenario RPG by Enix, that story-wise is not connected to The 7th Saga. Although a few of its features and characters have been carried over from the preceeding game, any reference that depicts this work as The 7th Saga-II is erronious. If such localization nomenclature were to be followed, Mystic Ark would more appropriately be called The 8th Saga. Nevertheless, our English patch will leave this game as Mystic Ark.

The tale centers around a single fighter who is captured by an unknown force, turned into a wooden Figurine, and whisked away to a spooky back chamber of a palace-like mansion that has only recently materialized on a desert island. When he or she is awakened by a eerie voice, the fighter encounters many other Figurines throughout the premises, some of which are fellow combatants who must be freed from this curse in order to be reanimated and fight at the hero’s side. In searching for their homes, everyone must confront a number of powerful adversaries along the way that seem determined not to relinquish any of the seven Arks that not only harbor special powers, but hold the keys to opening new doors to other worlds.

Hero Remeer or Heroine Ferris, whoever a player chooses to become at the start of gameplay - with an option to choose a new name up to 8-letters long - will explore the whole remote island chain and eight strange worlds before confronting the truth about the perpetrator that is turning almost everthing that exists into Figurines. For the most part, each world stands as a self-contained quest, much like the chapters of Dragon Quest-IV, and each new scenario appears stranger than the one that preceeded it. In the end, the hero must confront an unlikely villain in a situation that seems to defy rationality!

Mystic Ark is not an average RPG. It plays old school, but it’s much deeper than “A hero goes off to save the world” plot. The main character may have no defined background, but its safe to assume the author intended it that way. In literature, this phenomenon is called the “everyman character” which means Remeer could be any male, Ferris could be any female. The desired effect is to have a player assume the main character’s role.

Each world in Mystic Ark is so varied, a player winds up learning new concepts and growing in character, Of course, this happens to the main character in the game as well, as the story inveigles us to ponder our own virtues and ask questions such as, “Who are we? Do we have what it takes to be truly good people? Just how much does our own darkness rule us? Are we ready to change our world for the better?”

So take the plunge and find your own answers as you enjoy this fine masterpiece that is Mystic Ark.

Translation Description:

Mystic Ark, commonly (and improperly) known as “The 7th Saga 2″ in some circles, is an RPG by Enix that spans worlds, and embeds a lot of adventure/puzzle elements into the genre. Disnesquick did the programming for our font, and the text was translated by Ian Kelley. You’ll pardon the brief description, but it’s after midnight, I’ve been working on this game virtually every available moment for the past two weeks, and I’m really, really tired. But the patch is out, so I guess it was worth it. I’m pleased with the result, but it took one hell of a lot of effort to get this far.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Mystic Ark (J).smc - GOODSNES 2.04
  • CRC32: FEB80589
  • MD5: 540E82F13AD57A2C6FFC0E14E3F61098
  • SHA-1: BA80E259616529F907425BCC553A1A0959F0D7F4
  • SHA-256: A19337DA953F63C806754B90AF7FF9FBEA1BF090618DAE732EE3A546882B8700

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Gideon ZhiHackingProject leader, romhacker, utility, programmer, assembly hacker
Ian KelleyTranslation
DisnesquickHackingProportional font hack
WildbillTranslationKanji table

User Review Information

Amazing RPG

Reviewed By: Klaviaturist on 25 Feb 2011

Not a sequel to 7th Saga but the comparisons make it look like it could have been. Mystic Ark looks a lot like 7th Saga with its battle system and many of its villains. Other than that, it has nothing to do with 7th Saga.

Mystic Ark is a totally unique game because of its dreamlike story, bizarre (yet excellent) music, and non-tiring gameplay. I can easily say that I haven’t had this much fun playing a RPG in a while. Even the best RPGs will have their slow moments, but I never grew tired of playing this game. And it is a rather lengthy game with a lot of bizarre twists and turns. Another cool aspect was that there were many different worlds to explore. By the time you have tired with one world you are off to another.

I had been waiting many years for a fan translation to be released for this game. So naturally I was thrilled when the patch came out. I can tell the translators did you great job, but my only complaint is with the source material. Not the translators fault but the source material at times was slightly weak and I think that was because the material itself was just really bizarre.

If comparisons need to be made with 7th Saga I can easily say this game is vastly superior. Not that 7th Saga was bad, it was actually a pretty good game, but Mystic Ark fixes the ridiculously unfair battle system from 7th Saga. Also, although Mystic Ark is a fairly challenging game, it’s nowhere near on the insanely difficult level that 7th Saga was on. Fortunately for 7th Saga there are some great patches to fix that on this site.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun with this. It was totally addicting and never dull. Definitely should be checked out by anyone that enjoys a good RPG.

Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Amazing RPGKlaviaturist25 Feb 2011N/AYes