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.
Long languished in comparative obscurity over its more commercially attractive namesake, War of the Lions isn’t concerned with JRPG tropes -- instead it’s a labyrinthine design of political drama, familial politics, and intrigue that just happens to have a touch of Square’s marquee role-playing series embedded within.
Late last month, iOS gamers got a very nice treat in the form of Final Fantasy III, an enhanced version of the classic role-playing game from RPG juggernaut Square Enix. It came with a hefty price tag though, and at $15.99 it was one of the more expensive games to be released lately. Today Square Enix launched a new iPad native version of the game with a still heftier price tag.
In yet another signal that the iPhone has become one of the go-to platforms for high-quality Japanese role-playing games, Square Enix announced today that they have released an enhanced version of one of their classic games to the App Store. It's already passed Apple inspection and is available now. Square has positioned itself as essentially the only major player in the genre on iOS and is even more fully dominating with the release of Final Fantasy III under their belt.
A couple of days ago we received a confirmation from Square Enix that the rumors surrounding the iOS release of Final Fantasy III were true. The original Final Fantasy III never came to the United States (except for the 2006 Nintendo DS remake), so every opportunity RPG fans get to play it is a cause for celebration. However, despite the confirmation there was still one small hole left in the story that we were left wondering about: what version of Final Fantasy III will the port be based on?
Late last week, some rumors began to circulate that Final Fantasy III would soon be getting an iPhone port. However, that's where the news stopped. Two problems arose: A) the news was based off of a scan of a japanese magazine that nobody could read to confirm the news, and B) nobody knew whether the game (if it existed at all) was coming to territories outside of Japan. Today Square Enix offered an official word on the matter, and we can all rejoice in the knowledge that one of the lost Final Fantasy games will find its way to North America on the iPhone.
With this week's news about Nintendo's new offerings--like the 3DS and the rejuvenation of a plethora of popular titles from the Nintendo 64--iPhone and iPod touch users might be asking themselves if it's time to go back to console gaming. And while most mobile iDevice users probably have an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 collecting dust somewhere in the house, it's not guaranteed that all of them have had a chance to even mess with the Nintendo DS.
With the knowledge that Nintendo may never bring their popular Mario and Zelda titles to the App Store, we scoped out thirteen Nintendo DS games that had equal or better equivalents in the App Store so that you don't have any handheld envy. Plus, games sold in the App Store are so much more affordable. Read on for a list of wonderful, and often heralded, game titles that will surely fill up your iPhone or iPod touch with plenty of fun games to play.