App Review: Final Fantasy III for iPhone

Category: Games
Price: $15.99
TiP Rating: 4.5/5
Release Date: March 24, 2011
Version: 1.0
Seller: Square Enix
Rated: 9+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/final-fantasy-iii/id424591347?mt=8

App Store Description: Final Fantasy III — now on iPhone and iPod touch!

First released in 1990, Final Fantasy III was the first title in the Final Fantasy series to become a million-seller, establishing once and for all that Square Enix’s classic RPG saga was here to stay.
The full 3D remake released in 2006 duplicated the original’s success, selling over a million copies worldwide.

Final Fantasy III was a hallmark of innovation for the entire series, from the job system that lets characters change classes at any time to the ability to summon powerful creatures such as Shiva and Bahamut.

When darkness falls and the land is robbed of light, four youths are chosen by the crystals to set forth on a journey to save the world.

Summary: Half the price of the D.S. version and twice the fun!

Review: Let’s get this straight. You have to pay for quality. So when the makers of Final Fantasy III, Square, slapped a $15.99 price tag on its mobile app version, only gamers that hadn’t yet played the series were surprised. To the rest of us, we had every faith that the game would deliver and thankfully, we weren’t wrong.

The Final Fantasy III story follows four orphans from the village of Ur that find themselves caught up in an age-old battle between the forces of light and dark, with your aim to restore peace to the world and stop evil. Nothing too groundbreaking here, but with many hours of adventure ahead of you, it’s easy to get lost in the RPG-style gameplay as you steady yourself for battle upon battle

There are two types of level — regular and jobs. The job levels add a particularly interesting twist on the game. Initiating a type of class system, what job you hold affects the type of abilities that are available to you. As you move through different levels, you begin to unlock job classes and your trusted team of characters are able to change jobs.A wide range are on offer, from warrior and monk, right through to the top level spell-making red mage and evoker. It’s always easy to be tempted to go for the role of an ass-kicking ninja or similar, but you need to think here. These can really affect your tactics in the regular levels, so choosing jobs for each of your characters becomes essential as you head further into the game. There are 23 jobs in all, so mastering all these will take plenty of time.

What initially struck me about FF3 was how the newly designed central characters from the game’s predecessors have been developed to really bring the story to life. If you are an old school fan like me, then you will be pleased to know that the basic rhythm of combat hasn’t really changed. If you are a newbie, FF3 may seem a little dated in comparison to a more up to date RPG game such as Chaos Rings. What you can’t deny though is Square have managed to port the Nintendo DS version over without encountering any problems going from a dual to single screen and even managed to improve FF3 graphically so it feels slicker to play.

Yes, the $15.99 is fairly hefty. Yes, the game play can seem rather dated and yes the opening levels will be tad difficult to get to grips with if you are new to the Final Fantasy series. But, this is still a classic, iconic game that once you immerse yourself in it, you’ll find it impossible to put down.

 

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