Secret of Evermore

Have you ever asked yourself if you were a video game character, who would you be?

I have, lots of times, I’ve probably even taken a few quizzes on the matter.

Yeah, no.

Ask yourself that question seriously, out of all the pixelated protagonists out there, who are you? Are you lovable like Pikachu? Overrated cold like Cloud Strife? Or do you meander around like a Sim?
Me, I’d be the main character from Secret of Evermore. What’s Secret of Evermore, you ask? Well, it’s the only American produced game that Squaresoft put out and back in the day it was kind of hated for reasons that don’t make much sense.

Evermore is the story about a kid and their dog getting warped to the land of B-movies and having adventures, which is what I want to have happen to me when I grow up. Because of the flack the game got upon release, it didn’t do too well and it kind of became an obscure title (it didn’t even get a Japanese release.), despite being just as much fun to play as Secret of Mana or Chrono Trigger.

So why pick a character from a game that no one really likes or remembers for that matter? Well, the protagonist is this kid who spends a lot of his time watching bad movies with his dog, most of his dialogue is quotes from these bad movies. Switch the gender or the kid and this is my video game autobiography.

These are a few of the gems from my movie collection. (fun fact: my biggest gripe with Jurassic World was that they had a perfectly good chance to homage the Valley of Gwangi, but didn’t. Doing so would have made a key scene in the movie make loads more sense.) I can quote most of these films, much to the chagrin of my friends and family. I’ve watched every one of these movies with my dog, I’m sure if he could talk he’d be able to quote them too.

Much like the dog in the game, he has a habit of running off and taking us on adventures that don’t seem like adventures at the time.
So if video games and B-movies are your thing and you’ve got a few hours to kill, give Secret of Evermore a chance. It’s by no means an epic game, but like most B fare it sure is fun. You may just find yourself quoting your own favourite movies as you play.

Me, I’m gonna sneak my dog into the next showing of the Lost Adventures of Vexx and see where it takes us.


Top Thirteen Female Characters – #5: Aya Brea


In 1998 the Squaresoft, the makers of the popular Final Fantasy series, made their first Mature rated game. Serving as a sequel to the popular Japanese novel  by Hideaki Sena, Parasite Eve was a fusion of science fiction and cinematic action.


On Christmas Eve 1997, Aya Brea and an unnamed, skeevy date go to the opera. During the opening act everyone in the theater, save Aya, her date and the lead actress burst into flames. What follows is a gripping tale of evolution, science and what it means to be human. Aya takes on Eve, a mitochondrial being determined to replace humanity as the dominate species.


While not revolutionary, Parasite Eve was unique in its own right. Parasite Eve is one of the few games of its era that not only featured a female protagonist, but antagonist as well. Parasite Eve also featured some of the more modestly dressed female video game characters, which was a refreshing change at the time. The one time Aya is somewhat scantily clad, it makes sense to the plot. Despite having two mediocre sequels, as a franchise Parasite Eve fell into the obscure side of gaming.


In the similarly themed series, Resident Evil, you get the impression that Jill Valentine (the series female protagonist) was right person for the job. She was tactical, good with locks and trained to face anything. Jill was meant to fight the abominations of the Umbrella Corporation. Aya on the other hand, doesn’t seem like the right fit for saving the world. She’s young, a rookie detective with only six months on the force. Yes she’s smart, having a degree in criminology, but she’s inexperienced and thrown into a situation that would make a hardened veteran squeamish.


Due to a retinal transplant she received from her twin sister Maya, Aya’s mitochondria began to mutate, giving her a variety of powers similar to the game’s antagonist EVE. As Aya gets deeper into the mystery or EVE and her plans to create a dominate mitochondrial species, Aya continues to change and risks losing her humanity. Aya may not be the right person for the job, but she’s the only person for the job.

So what makes Aya and amazing female character?


Despite her youth and inexperience, Aya is self sufficient and determined. Her mitochondrial abilities put her on a similar evolutionary level as EVE and she’s the only person who can get close to EVE without bursting into flames and is forced to save the world. Because of the retinal transplant Aya revived from her deceased sister, Aya sees Maya throughout the game during key moments. This brings up a lot of painful memories that she had repressed, remembering that both Maya and her had been experimented on as children. The further she goes the more her past threatens to tear her apart. Still, she takes on the near impossible task of saving humanity with a noble fearlessness. Throughout her journey, she goes through a series of drastic physical changes, yet is able to keep her humanity. She was more than the typical blonde you’d find in any given video game, she was smart and actually used her police skills throughout the games narrative.