Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest
|Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest|
Also known as: Final Fantasy USA Mystic Quest (JP), Mystic Quest Legend (EU)
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Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is a gaiden game in the Final Fantasy series, and is largely considered the black sheep of the series...at least until the PlayStation 2 era and beyond.
With simplistic gameplay that borders between novel and tedious, it still remains a modestly enjoyable experience, especially with the excellent soundtrack by Ryuji Sasai.
Unused Elemental Defense Graphics
Four small menu icons representing defense against earth, physical damage (including player axes, but not swords or claws), indirect attacks (including Phoebe's bow and Tristam's shurikens), and reverse drain. Reverse drain does nothing on its own, but if paired with drain protection it will cause the damage and healing dealt by drain-elemental attacks to be reversed.
Resistances against the attack types themselves exist and are used, but are enemy-only since no items, not even the unique ones equipped by allies, offer any protection against these four damage types. Furthermore, while enemies can have a weakness to explosives, it appears unaccounted for in these elements – if a confused hero attacks himself with a bomb, he won't resist it even with all eight.
One of the eight status ailments in the game, Silence is attempted to be inflicted by a couple of attacks, such as the Mage's Muffle. Regardless of resistance or lack thereof, it never seems to get set. Nevertheless, the status does exist, complete with accompanying effects.
Pause the game, then press Start+Select to display the versions of your SNES console's CPU, PPU1, and PPU2 chips. This only works on the first US release, not on either the Rev. A version, nor the Japanese release.
In addition to the above, the first US release also contains a sound processor bug that can cause a major freeze in any area that, ironically, plays the frozen-over "Falls Basin" music. Said music also plays in the Mine and the Spencer's Place waterfall. Since the game can be saved at any point, this is only a minor annoyance.
A number of game balances were made to the US localization (despite the game being made for overseas audiences).
- The boss of the Bone Dungeon can be instantly killed in the Japanese version with Tristan's Life spell. This was fixed in the localizations.
- Ironically the Minotaur of Level Forest is vulnerable to Life in the English version whereas in the Japanese version he isn't.
|The Final Fantasy series|
|NES||Final Fantasy • Final Fantasy II (US Prototype) • Final Fantasy III|
|SNES||Final Fantasy IV • Final Fantasy V • Final Fantasy VI (US Prototype) • Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest|
|PlayStation||Final Fantasy IV • Final Fantasy V • Final Fantasy VI • Final Fantasy VII • Final Fantasy VIII • Final Fantasy IX • Final Fantasy Tactics • Ehrgeiz|
|PlayStation 2||Final Fantasy X (Prototype) • Final Fantasy X-2|
|Game Boy Advance||Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls • Final Fantasy IV Advance • Final Fantasy V Advance|
|Nintendo DS||Final Fantasy III • Final Fantasy IV • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (Ring of Fates, Echoes of Time)|
|Wii||Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years|
|PSP||Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII • Dissidia Final Fantasy • Final Fantasy Type-0|
|PlayStation 3||Final Fantasy XIII • Final Fantasy XIV|
|Xbox 360||Final Fantasy XIII|