Honest Gamers writes: "Between the terrible loading times, the PS1-quality graphics and unlikeable characters, there's little to recommend about Mana Khemia: Student Alliance. It's a shoddy port of a PS2 game that should have been much more enjoyable than it was. It's a shame that beneath all of the horrid screams of agony that your PSP will be wailing as you attempt to load Mana Khemia, you can see the framework of a truly enjoyable RPG. There's a lot of depth in the alchemy system. By linking that to character growth, the developers created a system that feels fresh (even if it's not completely unique)".