[Updated!] There's a mind-boggling number of role-playing games available for your iPhone and iPad, but a good portion of them aren't worth the money or investing the time playing them. So we put together a spread of worthwhile iOS titles that cover all the major RPG styles, and some that may seem unusual but are totally worth the price.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the last 2D entry in the "numbered" Final Fantasy series, so it's hardly surprising that Final Fantasy VI has followed its predecessors in getting an expensive, visually overhauled iOS remastering. What is surprising is how engrossing it still manages to be, two decades past its prime and with a strange, purist-infuriating paint job. Final Fantasy VI's leap to touchscreens is hardly flawless, but it's nonetheless impressive, and it's an easy way to slip into a true classic of '90s console role-playing games.
If current trends hold their course, it looks as though we may end up with that highly anticipated iOS port of Final Fantasy VII after all. But first we're being treated to Final Fantasy VI, which makes its first appearance on the App Store today (well, following yesterday's sudden appearance on the New Zealand app store).
Number-merging original puzzler Threes! is today’s standout debut, though it’s not alone — Final Fantasy VI, Eliss Infinity, and Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse are other notable releases, though we’ve got 10 in total to shine a light on this week. Be sure to keep an eye out for full reviews of some of these titles in the coming days, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
With Thanksgiving taking over Thursday this week, Apple opted to loosen the floodgates a day early, and we’ve got several intriguing new iOS games to pull you away from mundane family encounters — such as the super charming Icycle: On Thin Ice, the surely absorbing Skulls of the Shogun and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, and quicker-hit entries like Darklings and Skateboard Slam.
Many iOS gamers have been hoping for a version of Final Fantasy VII to come to the system for years now, and today Square Enix dropped some news that suggests it could very well happen. As reported by Kotaku, a modified version of Final Fantasy VI (known as Final Fantasy III when it was first released in North America 1994) will make its way to both iOS and Android this winter, with VII possibly not far behind in the future.
If you're a gamer then we've got some great great news for you on the mobile game app front down below. If you're not a gamer, we have a few things for you whether you have kids who won't go to sleep or you are into photography or you've got a cluttered Mac. All in all, a decent round up of some price drops that will save you a bundle.
Chances are, if you grew up playing Final Fantasy in the ‘90s, you’ve probably got a soft spot for at least one of the old-school entries in the venerable RPG series. Assuming that’s true, Square Enix’s latest iOS spin-off is aimed squarely at you. Don't believe the hype — on paper, the premise behind Final Fantasy All the Bravest sounds interesting, but banal design and a complete reliance on in-app purchases make for an insidious attempt to prey on nostalgia.
Despite sharing the name and much of the content from one of the year's most prominent Nintendo 3DS games, the iOS version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is not quite the same experience. Rather than serve up a smattering of classic songs from the entire core Final Fantasy role-playing series, complete with story elements and familiar cinematic clips, the App Store release pairs the tap-and-swipe rhythm formula with a free-to-play shell that lets you pick and pay for exactly the tracks and characters your want. But trying to compare the two directly proves a losing proposition both for players and creator Square Enix.
The App Store isn't exactly wanting for Final Fantasy experiences, with four distinct games released to date, though everything we've seen thus far – Final Fantasy I, II, and III, and Final Fantasy Tactics – has been a revised port of some previous console release from several years back. Recently announced for a planned release this summer, Final Fantasy Dimensions bucks that trend, serving up a retro-stylized title that hasn't previously been seen in the States, giving die-hards a new entry in the long-running series to savor on the run.