RPG Hack Showcase: Secret of Mana Turbo (SNES)

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

Secret of Mana Turbo by Queue is a romhack with a number of quality of life options and more to really change your experience playing Secret of Mana. Seeing this hack is in beta, it’s not officially on RHDN yet, but the betas do work for playthroughs.

There is way too much to mention between changes, bug fixes, quality of life improvements and more, so it’s suggested to check out the readme file for the full listing. Just to name some:

Core “Turbo” Features:
– Removes stamina (attacking / running / blocking)
– Streamlines weapon charging UI
– Removes weapon charging klaxon
– Stairs don’t prevent running (but still slow you)

Changes to zhaDe’s New Gameplay Improvement (V0.18):
– Organized the patch selection menu
– Glove weapon has guaranteed enemy knockdown (was Axe)
– Whip has negative knockback (pulls enemies towards you)
– Boomerang moving attack executes quicker
– Added sound to Axe thrust
– Changed sound of Sword thrust
– Added diagonal thrusts to Sword
– Hold ‘A’ while charging to pause charging gauge
– Block button changed to ‘R’ and stamina use removed
– Damage and healing numbers disappear faster (split to its own option)
– Magic Recharge times greatly reduced, but still present to prevent spamming
– Magic Recharge made configurable in the patcher (Advanced Options)
– Changing direction while running requires gradual turns (no instant 180s)
– Added sound when selecting secondary weapon
– QuickSpell primary hotkey changed to ‘L’
– QuickSpell use doesn’t require direction holding
– QuickSpell use finalizes on ‘B’ press instead of release
– Can reset QuickSpell menu with ‘X’/’Y’
– Can still strafe while charging using ‘L’
– MP display only shows after obtaining Undine
– Split ally and enemy AI changes into multiple options
– Split spell tweaks into multiple options

With most romhacks, strongly suggested to check out the readme files for advice on the changes to hacks and any gameplay tips, especially with rpgs. Readme files for rpg hacks can contain additional gameplay advice, etc, and it’s worth subscribing to hacks you like on RHDN to keep up with updates for bug fixes, additional content, etc.

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