THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY Review
- Diverse selection of songs from the Final Fantasy series. Fresh vector-art visual style; unifies all generations of the series while remaining distinct.
- Fun rhythm mechanics broken up in to two flavors.
- Limited initial content further restricted by constant pay walls; from individual songs, to packages from each game, and characters to use.
- Cut back from the original 3DS release; while not as pricy, it also lacks comparable features.
For those without easy access to a 3DS copy of Theatrhythm, the iOS version makes for a decent, if less featured replacement; in the least you can 'pay what you like' by sticking to songs you enjoy, so it's a treat for anyone who has enjoyed one or more Final Fantasy titles.
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Square Enix certainly have rhythm game’s on their mind of late, but for a company that boasts so many classic songs, very few (if any) were exploited to drive droves of gamers to their welcoming bosom. Other titles may have featured composers that are now famous amongst the gaming community, but Theatrhythm features the songs that brought them to our attention - notably the large anthology of songs they’ve written for the Final Fantasy series.
The core premise and execution is simple - you’ll play songs either of a ‘Field’ or ‘Battle’ type, tapping, swiping and holding down on the screen to match the patterns thrown at you in time with the music. Field songs only utilize one track, though holds can swing up and down in a wavy line to catch you off guard. Alternatively, Battle songs pit your crew of four heroes up against multiple enemies, with each character getting its own track that needs to be managed ‘less you take damage and possibly end your run.
The heroes you use are drawn from the entire gamut of mainline Final Fantasy titles, and the same can be said of the list of songs available.
If you can afford them.
This is where I derail the fun-train and note that Square Enix has fallen in love with In-App Purchasing to an almost unhealthy degree. Everything from individual songs, packages of songs separate to those in the first lot, and characters from said Final Fantasy games are all locked behind a pay wall. Most will only cost you a measly $0.99 a pop, but that quickly adds up considering the amount of content on offer.
That said, no one is holding you up at gunpoint to buy everything - indeed you could buy content from your favorite game (or at least the score you enjoy the most) and be content.
Spend enough time in the game and you’ll level up characters, gaining new abilities and more health to make it easier to barrel through the ‘quest’ mode, potentially unlocking collectable cards and alternate ‘scores’ to songs you already own.
If there’s any real downside it’s that the iOS version feels woefully thin in gameplay options compared to the 3DS version - limited initial content is further limited by IAP, which in turn serves a game that lacks all the modes and interactive options of its bigger brother. Custom scoring may make for a fun distraction, but that’s all it really is.
If you absolutely, positively can’t get enough of the Final Fantasy series and its beautiful music, you may love the ability to play out the scores in a stylish way. For everyone else you’ll be hard pressed to know where to spend your money, making it all but a minor distraction from other rhythm games you may own.
DescriptionCompatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad2, new iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), and iPad mini. Compatible with iOS 4.3 and later.
*When loading the application for the first time, please ensure that you have a stable wireless connection.
*This app may not function properly on the iPhone 4 and the backgrounds in the FMS and BMS will appear as simplified versions.
Now everyone can play back their memories of FINAL FANTASY in an endlessly expansive app: THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY!
THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY, the first music game in the FINAL FANTASY series, has been augmented with more songs and new playable characters to make it easier to dive into and play than ever before! Now it makes its debut as an iOS app that allows for communication with users from around the world in an unlimited adventure!
■With Quest Medleys, every time that you play, it’s a new adventure! New enjoyment to be found in each game!
The iOS version of THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY adds the Quest Medley mode, where you can play through songs you’ve purchased in a rhythmical gauntlet! Each quest is a set made up of a single FMS and a single BMS, and each time that you play, you will find yourself facing different songs, different levels of difficulties, and different rewards for completion—enjoy the thrill of a music game where the sense of adventure never fades! Being able to play on your iOS device by touching anywhere on the screen gives you more freedom as a player, as you operate the game with ease.
Music Stages in the iOS Version
・FMS (Field Music Stage)
Slide across the screen in undulating waves that rise and fall in time to the slower-paced songs in these stages.
・BMS (Battle Music Stage)
Flick and tap to the furious beat to hit the Triggers flowing before each character in these fast-paced songs.
■Leveling up your character hinges on clearing tough songs! What else could you expect from a FINAL FANTASY music game?
Each time that you play through a song, your characters will gain experience. This app makes it easier than ever to enjoy developing your characters, as you simply level them up and the abilities gained by doing so are automatically equipped to your characters to be triggered during the music stages. In addition to the three regular scores of differing levels—the Basic, Expert, and Ultimate scores—you’ll gain a further three Illusive Scores for each song: arrangements of the regular scores with similarly varying levels of difficulty. Collect the shards of these Illusive Scores by clearing Quest Medleys and open up new adventures. Whether you are a novice or an experienced veteran, you’ll be able to find a way to play that fits your level!
■Use Twitter to tell the world about the scores you create yourself and share them with players everywhere!
Players themselves can create their own original scores by trying their hand at the Compose Scores mode! Upload your scores onto the server, or download the scores made by other players around the world—it is the players themselves who make the challenges of this game beyond limit. When you link the app up to your Twitter account, you can Tweet not only about the results of your play but also announce the uploading of your original scores to the server. And who knows—you might even find some scores made by the developers and the creators among the original scores uploaded each day!