Terranigma is easily one of the best games of the entire 16 bit era. That sentence alone should be enough to make most RPG lovers roll their eyes but let me explain. Created by Enix in 1995, Terranigma is the third in a trilogy released for the SNES. Following the theme of the previous two entries in the series ( Soul Blazer and Illusion of Gaia) of the fight between good and evil, Terranigma tells the story of a boy named Ark who sets out from his village of Crysta after releasing a seal on a box hidden away in the forbidden basement of the village elder. Ark is then tasked by the elder to resurrect the world. What follows is, what I consider, some of the best story telling in all of video game history. Through Ark’s eyes you learn about life, death, and everything in between while resurrecting everything from plants to humans. You also contribute in building towns, governments, and even helping invent some of the most important things in human history such as the airplane and the camera.
The amazing story is set to a great soundtrack that seems to play off your emotions at times of sadness. Even tasks like sleeping can bring emotion out with it’s great soundtrack. I’ve always considered Terranigma’s soundtrack to be one of the best of the SNES era.
Terranigma plays out like a tradition RPG/Action game similar to the other titles in the series. It forgoes traditional turn based RPG battle style for a much more fun platforming run and attack style. You still gain levels and stat increases as you would any RPG. You also are still able to find and equip new armors and weapons to help you along the way. The game also features a form of currency that you use to buy herbs, weapons, armor, and other things to help you when you need it You also have a broad variety of attacks you can use to help defeat the different types of enemies you will encounter. For example you may use a diving slide to dispatch an enemy who likes to hide in the ground underneath you where your normal attacks can’t reach or even a jumping spin attack to hit the flying enemies. The magic system in this game is different than what you may be used to. Throughout the game you will collect Magirocks that are used to trade in shops for rings and pendants that are used to cast magic. My only complaint with this is I’ve found myself going through an entire game having never cast a single magic spell.
Sadly however, North America was never given a release of this game. Thankfully, we can now play this game on original hardware with the help of a translation patch and reproduction carts. I recommend this game to every RPG fan I talk with. This is easily one of my top 5 games that I’ve played in my lifetime and probably my favorite SNES title to be released. I implore anyone who has enjoyed the likes of Final Fantasy, Illusion of Gaia, Secret of Evermore, and even Earthbound to give this game a try. You won’t regret it.
The story is an instant classic that would merit a playthrough at least once on that alone. It's a very touching story where you learn about everything from birth to death.
Talk about unappreciated soundtracks! What is there bad to say about the sound. This game has some of the best music for any game ever made. Terranigma boasts some of the best music of all time and it proves this with the opening credits! RPG's have always had great soundtracks and Terranigma doesn't disappoint.
Terranigma also boosts some of the best looking 2d graphics of the SNES. The colors are very bright with sharp edges and the sprites are very well done with a lot of detail. In fact, everything in this game has a lot of detail. From the bosses to the grass on the ground this game is near flawless on it's presentation of traditional 2d graphics.
The only negatives I have with this game is the magic system. I'm not a fan of using rings and pendants to cast magic spells that you can't even aim properly. Later you gain the use of pendants which are similar to summon spells. They also pretty much suck. I've gone through entire playthroughs where I've never used magic at all. They really could have given a better effort with this.