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Mimana: Iyar Chronicle - Sony PSP

by Aksys See the Amazon Page for this brand
Sony PSP
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews) 45 / 100


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  • Near 3D rendering of action in a top-down, side-scrolling camera view.
  • Experience the story of Mimana through beautiful, hand-drawn anime sequences.
  • Battle alongside fair maidens and, when the timing is right, choose one of them to get closer to.
  • Real-time battles between your party members and enemies explode with spells, skills, and excitement. Take advantage of the depth of the battlefield to strategically place your party members and claim victory.
  • Time your attacks just right to deal massive damage to your enemies.


Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00304SAJQ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,133 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Drunk, despondent, and down on his luck, a spellsword mercenary named Crais Sewell reluctantly accepts a job from a young, cheerful troubadour named Sophie Rothorn. Their mission: to recover seven jewels scattered throughout the world of Iyar- for what reason, Sophie refuses to say. On their travels, Sophie and Crais meet Melrose, an eccentric mage with a penchant for dissection, Tinon, a tomboy who wields her magic a little too liberally, and Patty, a young woman with a good heart and a love for magical items disproportionate to her funds. As it becomes clear that Sophie's quest is not unrelated to a past Crais would prefer to forget, he faces a choice: Will he confront his past failures, and ultimately overcome them, or succumb to despair and misery? It is entirely possible that the fate of the world- or at least Crais's corner of it- may depend on his answer.

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Mimana: Iyar Chronicle is a single player, side-scrolling JRPG (Japanese role-playing game) for play on PlayStation Portable. Blending traditional RPG elements like map exploration and dungeon crawling, it allows players to engage in real-time battles in near 3D environments, where you control the movements, actions and strategy of up to four characters and impact the overall story, depending on your actions in the world of Iyar.

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Story
Drunk, despondent, and down on his luck, a spellsword mercenary named Crais Sewell reluctantly accepts a job from a young, cheerful troubadour named Sophie Rothorn. Their mission: to recover seven jewels scattered throughout the world of Iyar- for what reason, Sophie refuses to say. On their travels, Sophie and Crais meet Melrose, an eccentric mage with a penchant for dissection, Tinon, a tomboy who wields her magic a little too liberally, and Patty, a young woman with a good heart and a love for magical items disproportionate to her funds. As it becomes clear that Sophie's quest is not unrelated to a past Crais would prefer to forget, he faces a choice: Will he confront his past failures, and ultimately overcome them, or succumb to despair and misery? It is entirely possible that the fate of the world, or at least Crais's corner of it, may depend on his answer.

Crais and crew surrounding and hammering a baddie in Mimana: Iyar Chronicle
Work your way out of debt as you battle through the world of Iyar as a warrior for hire.
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Gameplay
Mimana: Iyar Chronicle is a single player, side-scrolling JRPG (Japanese role-playing game) in which players take on the role of disgruntled hero for hire, Crais Sewell. In debt to a local guild, players accept the job offered by Sophie Rothorm in hopes to get back to even. Along with Crais players also guide the actions of up to three female characters, and together engage in the real-time battles that make up the action in the game. Crais has a whole range of usable attacks ranging from basic hack and slash button mashing to precise combos that when executed correctly yield maximum damage with every stroke. Another valuable battle feature are prioritizable AI behaviors of other characters with regards to attacks, magic, healing and attack distances that can be easily altered depending on the strategy employed against a particular enemy. Just as with any RPG, success in battle equates to leveling of character, skills, arsenal and abilities, which in turn leads to even more success and challenges.

Key Game Features

  • Experience the story of Mimana through beautiful, hand-drawn anime sequences.
  • Battle alongside fair maidens and, when the timing is right, choose one of them to get closer to.
  • Real-time, action-based battles between your party members and enemies explode with spells, skills, and excitement. Take advantage of the depth of the battlefield to strategically place your party members and claim victory.
  • Time your attacks just right to deal massive damage to your enemies.
  • Near 3D rendering of action in a top-down, side-scrolling camera view.
Additional Screenshots:
Crais and friends looking for trouble in a side-scrolling Iyar environment in Mimana: Iyar Chronicle
Join with 3 AI characters.
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Battling two golems in Mimana: Iyar Chronicle
Battle for the 7 gems.
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Executing a perfect combo in Mimana: Iyar Chronicle
Devastating combos.
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Crais' leveling screen from Mimana: Iyar Chronicle
Level up for maximum impact.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun dating sim/RPG. April 12, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Honestly I really enjoy this game. It's a mix between a dating sim and a RPG. The story has multiple paths because of the fact that you can choose a female to date that's in your party. Though the system in which you pick one of the girls is invisible so you kind of have to guess how you are doing.

So first off let me get the negatives out of the way. People complain about the load times, but really it's not all that bad. Every once in awhile it will feel like your waiting a bit longer than the norm, but it shouldn't effect you all that much. The battle system could use a little fixing as your character doesn't always seem to respond just the way you want him to. You really only control the main character and the others are controlled by the A.I. Dungeons can be a bit annoying since you don't have a map, so you really have to remember where you went on your own.

The positives for this game way out do the negatives in my opinion. I love the animation and the art is pretty good. It plays kind of like Star Ocean and is easy to get the hang of, but people call the battle system repetative. It's a RPG for crying out loud, battles are always like that especially when you hit the maximum level. It also has dating simulation stuff mixed in and not to sound like a loser, but I really enjoy playing dating simulation games. So you have a mix of character interactions like you would see in Star Ocean and in games like Ar Tonelico, Mana Khemia, and well games like that. This effects the ending as well depending on which girl you end up with, but also effects the game since certain areas are accessed by dating different characters. Most definitly a multiple play through game.

The voice acting in this game rocks for the English release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it looks March 9, 2012
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Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
This game's combat has incredible, slow, slow, slow, slow, slow loads. You WILL be shocked to find yourself laying your PSP aside and working on your checkbook, reading, picking up your knitting, etc. while the load takes place. Ah, then the long awaited-for fight! What? Are these the hostiles? They look like colorful prisms... The game designers didn't even take the time to draw up enemies. Yes, we have all played games where some of the hostiles are "jello cubes", but usually they are just a sort of filler to add variety to the number of opponents you are hacking. Here MOST of the enemies are prisms, and I'm disgusted. One final discouraging word. This game forces you into complex multi-level puzzles which require incredible mental stamina to work out. This game has no map, that makes the mazes even more exhausting, and no, the mazes are not options. If you cannot get through the hundreds of repetitive combats and hours, even days of wandering, take the game out of your PSP and put it back in the box--each puzzle is a chain link to the next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "No matter where you go, destiny follows you." November 6, 2011
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Mimana: Iyar Chronicle is a game that I picked up on a whim. I hadn't really read anything about the game prior to picking it up, but the premise looked interesting and the price was good, so I went ahead and bought it. And while I can't honestly say it is comparable to some of the other JRPGs I've played this year, it's still overall a solid game and was worth my purchase.

The story revolves around Crais Sewell, a mercenary who is trying to escape from his past. But as Crais soon discovers, there is no escaping the role that destiny has in store for him. Out of the blue, he gets hired to protect a young girl named Sophie as she travels the area to collect seven mysterious gems. Along the way, they meet a variety of characters, from the magic-obsessive Melrose to the tomboyish warrior Tinon to the insidious Heidar. The overall plot is pretty simple, but the characters give it a great deal of polish. Make no mistake, this is very much a character-driven story, but the characters were interesting and entertaining enough to keep me interested in the story.

The battle system is simple enough. You control Crais in real time, moving around the battle area and hitting X to attack monsters. Think Star Ocean or Tales, though perhaps scaled down a bit. You can also use magic and items to assist you in battle, and are aided by up to 3 AI-controlled allies. After a few hours though, it mostly becomes a matter of just mashing X until the enemies are defeated -- it's still fun, but don't expect a lot of strategy for most fights.

Additionally, the game threw in a slight relationship system.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Loading times are the death of PSP games July 4, 2011
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Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
A generic RPG, characters which inspire no great love, excessively clumsy hit detection in the battle system, and loading times exceeding a minute for every scene transition, including battles, make this game practically unplayable. Preloading would have saved this game, and I would have played through the entire thing, but as is I could only make my way to the third artifact before I couldn't bear to waste my time any longer. Don't waste your time or money, play Star Ocean instead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly as pictured and described. Thanks!
Published 4 months ago by James H. Duke
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
I got this as part of some sale Amazon was having a while back. The screenshots reminded my of a "Tales" styled game, and I like that particular series' combat. Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Alixander
3.0 out of 5 stars Like I said before, Its just business kid!
Mimana is a game that starts out good enough, your Crais Swell, a sell sword (mercenary), who's broke, down on his luck, and losing a poker game. Read more
Published on March 25, 2011 by Patrick_91
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright. It's not going to change RPGs.
I mean, this game is about as basic as you can get. Think a simplified version of Tales of Destiny. Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by Tempting Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars a tad boooooring....
It starts off with the main protagonist in a bar which you can see from its trailer or what not. I thought that the story could bring me to loving this game but... Read more
Published on July 19, 2010 by poppa D
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth the Price Tag
Honestly this game isn't bad, but asking 40 dollars for it is completely ridiculous. It might be worth ten or so as a downloadable title, but it's only a dozen hours or so long is... Read more
Published on May 20, 2010 by David Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Game!
Ok! I don't write many reviews. But I will say that this is one of my favorite games of all time! If you are into JRPG's then this is one of the best! Read more
Published on May 17, 2010 by Shippy
3.0 out of 5 stars not so much...
First off I love RPG's. RPG's are my favorite type of games, but this game just didn't quite cut it.

Story 7/10 - The world and the story are pretty original. Read more
Published on May 12, 2010 by P. Xiong
5.0 out of 5 stars Best RPG release for PSP in the past year or so
I'll keep it simple - my main reason for writing this review is because there was only 1 review and I want to spread the word! Read more
Published on April 17, 2010 by Jonathan
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