The Final Fantasy series is a massively popular RPG franchise that has its origins rooted in the days of the NES, and these ports of the first two give a new generation of players that may have missed them another chance to play these classics.
Final Fantasy I: The Light Warriors must restore light to the four elemental orbs to defeat the evil forces and save the world.
Final Fantasy II: Warriors go on a mission to free themselves from the control of the Palamecia Empire.
Graphical Update: The originals actually looked pretty decent for their time, but sadly the 8-bit graphics of yesteryear do not hold up to today’s high-end standards. Fortunately, the game was given a complete overhaul and now has a much brighter and more colorful aesthetic that anyone with an appreciation for retro graphics can enjoy.
Sound: The sound effects are sharp and the original scores have been lovingly remixed.
Touch Controls: While the touch controls work adequately enough, they are laggy and at times and in the end are more frustrating than dpad controls.
Menu system: The in-battle menu system is a reasonable solution for the iPhone, but is clunky and not as efficient as a text menu that can be scrolled through with a dpad.
The only way to bring up the pause menu when out of battle is to take your finger off the screen and wait for it to pop up in the lower right hand corner. Very inconvenient and annoying.
Steep Price: Square has always been a price-leader. Everything they have released in the past few years had been “premium priced” and these releases are certainly no exception. When the vast majority of games are priced at $0.99 and most higher end games sell for upwards of $4.99 to $6.99, the $8.99 price seems really steep. Although I was surprised the games weren’t released for $9.99, this price point is still unusually high for the marketplace.
While the definitive versions of Final Fantasy II and II are still the versions available for PSP, these ports are decent enough to suffice if you don’t have one. Although there are a plethora of RPGs available for the iPhone, these are classics that should not be missed. Despite the flaws, this game is a solid buy.
Final Fantasy I
Final Fantasy II