Terranigma is an RPG developed for the Super Nintendo by Enix. It is one of the best games for the SNES and really stands out from the many other excellent RPGs made for the system, which is saying a lot. Like most other RPGs, you must battle monsters, find items, and advance your skills to win.
The main storyline is that you are a mischievous boy living in a small village, but you accidentally open a pandora's box of sorts. This causes everyone to freeze all over the earth and it is your job to unfreeze them. To do so, you must conquer five different towers representing the five regions of the earth.
The game requires you to "think outside the box" to solve many problems. For example, you may find a locked door that can't be opened by hand. You must look around the room for items that might aid you in opening the door. This is a relatively simple example, but more complex puzzles exist in latter parts of the game.
Each part of the earth has a map which you wander to find different areas, such as towns. The game features an interesting perspective effect in these map screens to differentiate it from most RPGs that simply use a flat overhead map. As you walk around, the land closer to the viewer is larger, making the map feel more realistic. Granted, many modern games use this method, but this was revolutionary for an SNES game.
You have a small sidekick that looks like a bat and gives you tips on gameplay and other things. By pressing select, you enter the bat's sanctuary, where you can select items, check your stats, and other things. This is an interesting twist on the typical menu screen in most other RPGs.
The difficulty of this game is about what you would expect from an RPG. It is not terribly difficult, assuming you don't forget to save your game. As with other RPGs, you can always level up in anticipation of a major battle to decrease the difficulty of advancing.
The graphics in Terranigma are very beautiful and colorful. The closest comparison is other SNES rpgs such as Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana, but this game beats them all. All of the animations are incredibly smooth and simply look amazing.
This game has great music, in fact it is some of the best music I have ever heard in an SNES game. The music is very well orchestrated and provides a peaceful contrast to the dark world that you are faced with. There are also great sound effects for just about everything.
The combat in this game is real-time, as opposed to the turn-based combat we have seen in games like Chrono Trigger. This is likely due to the fact that you play solo and don't get any team members. The controls are very easy to use and your character can perform some powerful attacks if you learn how to do them. My favorite is the classic run and slash, which is one of the most powerful attacks.
One of the most enjoyable parts of the game is watching the earth change from a dark wasteland to a peaceful place as you defeat the various towers. It is great watching the story unfold and being able to wander around and interact with the people that you saved from certain doom. There are a lot of areas to explore in this game and it will keep you occupied for quite some time.
In conclusion, this often overlooked game is one of the most underrated games for the SNES console. I personally think it is the best RPG made for the Super Nintendo in terms of technological applications and creativity. A lot of work was put into this game and it really shows when you play it. If you can get your hands on this game, give it a try and you will not be disappointed. Did I mention this game is very addictive? :)