Review by Arkhaine
Reviewed: 09/28/01 | Updated: 07/31/02
A not too shabby port of a great pc game
Might and Magic II was ported to the SNES earlier in the console's career and as such doesn't really have much to offer in the way of graphics or sound. However it is a great game and is quite large, rewarding exploring quite heavily.
The game has a paper thin story, apparently the King went back in time to kill some bad guy and you must help him out. Unfortunately for the player you aren't told this at the start of the game and must simply walk around doing things until you figure this out. This game offers very very little in the way of direction, which can be a good thing, but if you are the sort of gamer that likes to have his hand held a little then this probably isn't for you.
The graphics leave a lot to be desired, but they do get the job done. The game has a pseudo-3d, square based engine which can be quite confusing. Cities are exceptionally easy to get lost in as each square looks pretty much exactly the same as all the others. What makes this worse is all cities have a 'danger area' which is filled with difficult monsters that you will often find yourself stumbling into until you learn the rough outlay of the city (Alternatively you can use the two spells available for mapping - this is highly recommended).
The sound isn't too great...the effects are pretty terrible to listen to and the music, while not too bad gets repetitive very quickly.
Fighting isn't too bad...you have 6 characters whom you must equip and purchase spells for. This sounds pretty good, especially seeing as you can hire up to two more people to help you out...but you can and will find yourself up against over 100 bad guys at once...and you have no warning, they just pop up in front of you as you walk along. Killing them generally doesn't give you all that much treasure or experience...though there is a few spots where you can find monsters who will give awesome amounts of experience and gold and treasure (and are VERY easy...find them if you can!)
The game allows you to travel to 10 different time periods, although only two of these actually have anything in them...all throughout the game you will notice huge areas that really don't need to be there...but hey its fun to explore anyway!
This game can be quite difficult with the random encounters of huge amounts of monsters, especially considering how easy it is to get lost but I love it. You can pretty much explore everywhere and a lot of places (baring the other centuries) reward your efforts...definitely a good thing
Rating: 3.5 - Good
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