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FINAL FANTASY ALL THE BRAVEST Review

By , on January 18, 2013
Last modified 1 year, 6 months ago


FINAL FANTASY ALL THE BRAVEST
Download on the AppStore
1 out of 5

PROS

  • Homage to the ATB system by placing a timer on just about everything it possibly can have.
  • Lots of heroes to unlock.

CONS

  • Utterly devoid of gameplay; tapping without any agency over the actions is no better than a toy.
  • .... pay. And pay. And pay. And pay. And pay...

VERDICT

Seconds of gameplay, with potentially hours of waiting - this is freemium brought to its horrifying and expensive end point, squandering any potential All The Bravest has.


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Final Fanasy: All The Bravest by Square Enix and Bit Groove is a love letter to the JRPG's use of the classic 'ATB' system of combat by which players must wait until each character has rested long enough before attacking again. There's a giant problem though - the concept has been taken too far and the end result is Square Enix's most self-indulgent experiment in laundering money from its franchise and those who suffer through such 'nostalgic' modern titles.

Once you've selected a battle on the over-world (be it a series of basic creatures or a boss battle), you'll be taken to a familiar battle screen where players must tap their party members to make them atta....

 

And that's it. You battle; you tap; you watch them die instantly to a single hit; and you repeat. It's whack-a-mole without a soul.

Leveling up will earn you additional slots for your party, resulting in a veritable screen full of heroes attempting to mob the... er... mobs to death. Occasionally you'll unlock a new hero archetype, though players can spend more cash to unlock 'premium' heroes from the various canons of the Final Fantasy lore.

Should your party be depleted before ending a fight you'll have to wait three minutes per hero you want to regenerate. Lets go over that again - if you're fighting a particularly nasty boss with say 20 heroes, that's an HOUR just to continue beating him down and potentially failing yet again. Don't worry though, In-App Purchasing comes to the rescue again as golden time-turners will replenish your party instantly.

That's right, this paid-for game is in fact a freemium title.

 

Sick of the Final Fantasy 1 world? Just hit up the store, purchase a world ticket and you're off to a new land. All for the cozy price of purchasing the game yet again. To do the exact same thing you're already doing. Again.

Credit to Bit Groove for the stunningly simple and potentially engaging concept, but greed has twisted and stripped out any sense of player agency beyond slapping the screen. For this you must pay. And pay. And pay. And...

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Comments

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Tzvi12 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Sounds fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(not)

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Chesco 10 months, 1 week ago

SQUARE ENIX are a disgrace to the gaming community!

Rip off ridiculously high prices and cash-grabing inapp purchases will have me boycott this companies games until management get their shit together and stop taking advantage of gamers.

in 2013 SQUARE ENIX is a big joke!

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Taekon 10 months, 1 week ago

This review is 100% accurate.

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TheAspieFox 10 months, 1 week ago

I can't help but wonder how many apps have a score of 1 on this site.

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ravagerr 10 months, 1 week ago

same here! this is the BEST REVIEW I'VE SEEN.... EVER!!!

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ColeDaddy 1 year, 6 months ago

Best review ever, dude

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talugo 1 year, 6 months ago

Kudos on the funny review Andrew! I'm glad you were on this game review quickly to stop me from investing time on this giant frustration. That's what I like about middle manager of justice, freemium done right.

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curtneedsaride 1 year, 6 months ago

Why didn't you just exit out of the battle before your last character died? Then you can return to the battle with ALL of your party immediately! Or better yet, return to a previous battle and grind a bit to up your party and weapons. It's a funfest for someone like me who enjoys relaxing by grinding away on battles in RPGs.

No one should ever have to use an hourglass unless their whole party dies in one of the first four stages where the menu isn't on the bottom of the screen yet. After that, you should always exit a battle before your entire party dies.

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idonnied 1 year, 6 months ago

great review! loved the funny aspects!

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JuhRo 1 year, 6 months ago

No reason to hate SE.. They produce great games. They just need a little more incentive and intent when it comes to the app store. Their rehashes have been nothing short of amazing and I've played 8/10th of the releases on the iOS. Don't be one of those "good thing I never liked -----". Makes you nothing more than a video game hipster. Blech.

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djstout 1 year, 6 months ago

Great games for crazy prices! You can get games as good as SE's softwares for a single dollar with not IAP that will ruin you. Electronic Arts are doing great job too and made some of the best games, and guess what, those games are affordable. I like SE's game and I would love to buy "The world ends with you", but 16 dollar for a game is just too crazy

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makedonii 1 year, 6 months ago

hahahahah this was funny! oh man good for me that i dont like the FF series, and this give me more reason to hate Square Enix, i hate their arrogance and greed for money. Only SquareEnix game can cost a fortune in the AppStore! yeapp, that tells it all!

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djstout 1 year, 6 months ago

I totally agree with you in a way, I hate the way SquareEnix are pricing their games! And the craziest part is that they even added IAP that are mostly out of price!!!!!