Secret of Mana, the iOS port of Square Enix’s popular title, has received a long-overdue update adding support for Retina displays and MFi (Made for iPhone) game controllers to the application.
Optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch and available on the App Store for $8.99, the updated Secret of Mana also brings enhanced 360-degree character controls, smoother background music, and high-resolution support for fonts and particular user interface (UI) elements.
Retina displays are indeed supported through the addition of a “decorative border,” and MFi gamepads can now hook-up with Secret of Mana in order to provide iOS device owners with a more intuitive portable gaming experience.
To recap, here’s a complete list of changes made in version 3.0.3 of the app:
- Gamepad support has been added.
- Character controls have been expanded from the 8-directional pad to full 360° movement. The new 360° movement is the default setting, though the 8-directional pad can still be enabled via the Options menu.
- Background music now loops smoothly.
- High-resolution font support has been added.
- High-resolution support has been added for certain parts of the user interface.
- Retina display is now supported and features a decorative border on the game screen.
Secret of Mana first launched on the App Store back in 2011, and it’s received little in the way of app updates since – even though a sequel, Rise of Mana, was developed and launched on the Japanese App Store.
Instead, Square Enix has been concentrating on developing Final Fantasy Record Keeper, a new app that brings iOS gamers “remixes of memorable battles from the popular RPG series,” and Final Fantasy Artniks Drive, a racer title set to launch in Japan this summer.
It’s great to see Secret of Mana receive its 3.0.3 update; here’s hoping Square Enix will pay the popular title further attention over the course of the coming year.
You can pick up Secret of Mana on the App Store for $8.99, and as mentioned it’s optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch.
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