Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy

Square Enix has repeatedly dipped their toe in the water, with regard to the app store, but they finally released what the fans have been craving; the original Final Fantasy, a time-honored classic. This is the first title in the long-running series, brought up to semi-modern day standards, and converted quite capably to the iPhone platform.

For me, this game will always hold a special place in my heart. Is it because I imported the original title from Japan, before people even heard of importing video games, and struggled through the game with barely any translation? Nope, I believe that would be Final Fantasy IV for the Super Famicom. You see, I realize I will have zero street-cred when I say this, but…I never owned an NES. There I said it. I spent my childhood in arcades and I couldn’t believe anyone would release a system without a real joystick. Even my Atari 2600 had one! I got over it, much later, when I played Sonic the Hedgehog, but I digress.

The real reason this game means a lot to me is because this game ushered my 3-year-old daughter into the world of RPGs. Not the original…the iPhone version, just last week. After playing for hours and hours, she looked up at me with her big blue eyes and asked if I had any games like this “for the TV”. I bolted upstairs and then returned with armloads of Super Nintendo and Playstation titles, out of which she chose Final Fantasy IX. We played for quite some time, but she still liked the original better…true taste. I told her there was another series that was “daddy’s favorite” and in goes Dragon Quest 7. She loved it and we spent the weekend playing that and Dragon Quest 8. Best weekend of my life and out of all the games we played, Final Fantasy was still her favorite and we both enjoyed every moment of it.

Rating: ★★★★½ icon


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