Reviewed: December 8, 2008
Type: Energy Drink
MSRP: $3.49 each
What’s small, blue, round, and will keep you up all night? If you said Viagra then you fell into my obvious trap. If you said Smurfette then you are just a pervert that watches too many cartoons. Of course, what I am referring to is a little blue orb of magical “go…go…juice” called Mana Energy Potion. Anyone who has ever played an RPG in the past 15 years knows all about mana; it’s that blue stuff that fills the meter below your character's red health bar and lets you cast spells.
Well, in the “real world” Mana is the hottest new energy drink created by gamers for gamers. Currently available at Fry’s, Hot Topic, and directly from www.manapotions.com, this is easily some of the best stuff you can consume if you want to pull an all-nighter that may just creep well into the next day. It would probably make a fantastic stocking stuffer for that gamer on your Christmas list, but if the bottle were to leak your stockings would probably run away and take the fireplace with them.
I’ve dabbled in my fair share of energy drinks; Bawls, Monster, Rockstar, Red Bull, Stoked, and half-a-dozen other brands that populate that special corner of my Fry’s store. Normally you have to consume 8, 12, or even 16 ounces to get your game-groove on, but Mana is different. Cleverly packaged in a fantasy adventure style potion bottle, each plastic flask gives you 50ml of unstoppable energy for at least 5 hours and depending on your own metabolism, up to 8 or even 10 hours.
With only 25 calories you won’t have to worry about your waistline, unless you count the 14 tacos you ate while circling the Taco Bell drive-thru for 5 hours because you couldn’t go to bed. When it comes to daily allowances of vitamins and chemicals, Mana packs in 130% of your B3, 1600% of your B6, and wait for it…6667% of your B12. That’s right. Drink one tiny bottle of Mana and you have all the B12 you need for the next TWO MONTHS.
I’ve been conducting various controlled tests on myself and other GCM lab rats…err…staff members. Other than some partial premature aging on myself and some mysterious telekinetic abilities on subject B, or maybe it was just that bulging vein in his forehead, the results are pretty positive. Mana will keep you up and going all night long and quite possibly into the next morning.
My first dose was imbibed at 11:30pm. I do have to admit that Mana tastes really bad – perhaps a defense mechanism so you don’t confuse it with Rockstar and drink 16 of them back to back. Just throw your head back and drain the blue contents directly down your throat then chase it with a JOLT cola to calm you down. After the initial wave of warmth flushes across your face and your temples stop throbbing you can sit down and prepare to get your game on.
Mana is going to help you in whatever game you might be playing. I was kicking serious butt in Call of Duty, and when I decided to break out my guitar for a little Rock Band action I impressed even myself with eight perfect scores of 100% in a row. Of course it helps when your eyelids are permanently fused to the top of your skull.
Additional controlled tests included drinking Mana when I was totally wiped out, when I was already feeling peppy, and I even tried drinking it at various times of the day. The first time I drank Mana, it was around 11:30pm and I had no problem playing non-stop until 8am, at which time I forced myself to go to bed where I tossed and turned until 10am and slept until 2pm. When I woke up I felt great - no crash effects. Drinking Mana when you are already tired will pep you up for 3-5 hours then put you right back where you were. Drinking Mana in the morning will definitely put some zing into your day and keep you going much longer than that extra-large high priced latte from Starbucks, and at only $3.49 a bottle, it’s cheaper too.
Well, I’ve tried to have some fun with this review. I typically review games, not the juice that allows me to play them for 12 consecutive hours, but the bottom line is Mana Energy Potion works, and for the time being, there are no temporary or permanent side effects worth mentioning. I certainly wouldn’t want to consume Mana on a nightly basis. It’s more of a novelty item – something to take when you MUST play all night and don’t feel like drinking mass quantities of other carbonated energy drinks then making routine runs to the bathroom all night long.
If you happen to find yourself in a store that sells Mana I highly encourage you to pick some up and give it a shot. And if you have a gamer who needs a gift and already has everything known to man, then get them a vial (or two) of Mana. Even the empty flasks make cool collectibles. And if they can ever fix or change the taste I'll be happy to give Mana 2.0 a perfect 10.