The best description I can give to Trials of Mana is: it's alright. It plays alright, it looks alright, nothing really stands out, for better or for worse.
I think most importantly, this is still an SNES game, just with a new 3D shell. I think playing it with this in mind you can enjoy it more, but even still, I think the systems here are not as great as other older RPGs.
There is also some confusing things like when you save a mana spirit and the game says you unlock their power, but in reality you'll only have mana powers way later when you can change classes for the first time.
Progression for classes, items and skills also don't feel exciting. I can't say for sure because I haven't played the original, but it feels like sticking too much to the source material might have prevented this remake from reaching its full potential.
Reviewed on May 12, 2023