FINAL FANTASY III Review
- Fully-featured version of the original NES version of FF3.
- Refined visual upgrades and streamlined control system.
- Auto-saves when the app is interrupted.
- Quickslot and traditional save slots.
- Challenging gameplay with a job system for party customization.
- Few accommodations for modern gamers; understandable given the backlash it would cause.
- Low texture quality highlighted by the sharper resolution.
If you're a hardcore fan of the Final Fantasy series it's hard not to recommend this title, but casual fans will need to consider if they're interested in a serious 'retro' JRPG challenge.
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Many outside of Japan know Final Fantasy III (FF3) in its original incarnation on the SNES, though as history would have it this was in fact the 6th installment. Numbering conventions aside, FF3 saw its official debut outside of Japan in 2006 after being released in full 3D for the Nintendo DS and a port of the original NES game on the Nintendo Wii in 2009. Square Enix, ever ready to remain hip with the times has brought the 3D incarnation to the App Store, along with the usual bevvy of touch-screen refinements and a few visual upgrades to make this a worthy pickup for fans of the series.
Instead of trying to lever in a poor-man's virtual pad system, the game makes traversing the many dungeons, towns and areas easy by letting players touch and swipe anywhere to move while most other interactions only require a tap anywhere on the screen. The setup is incredibly intuitive, though like any good Final Fantasy title there are plenty of hidden items and a variety of puzzles, but the necessity to 'zoom' in to highlight these objects can be frustrating as many pickups can easily be missed if you don't take the time to scour each area with a fine tooth-comb.
Then again this is fairly par for the course considering the age of this JRPG and players will need to put up with the usual random-encounters and limited save areas, making it a bit of a rude shock for gamers not used to this 'classic' style. Thankfully the game more than makes up for its shortcomings with the introduction of a job system that allows players to tailor their party to any given situation - just keep in mind that these jobs level up independently to your characters which means a lot of additional grinding if you want to have the perfect 'toolbox' of jobs.
If there's anything that's going to cause gamers to carefully consider their purchase, it will be the rather hefty price point, but the refined graphics (with Retina display optimizations) and hefty game content is more than worth the plunge if you're a fan of the genre that hasn't grabbed Final Fantasy III in one incarnation or another.
DescriptionFinal Fantasy III -- now on iPhone!
When darkness falls and the land is robbed of light, four youths are chosen by the crystals to embark upon a journey to save the world.
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.
A hallmark of innovation for the entire series, FINAL FANTASY III incorporates not only a job system that lets characters change classes at any time to the ability to summon powerful creatures such as Shiva and Bahamut.
The 3D remake of FINAL FANTASY III, with fully-rendered 3D graphics, duplicated the original's success.
- The four protagonists have been completely redesigned and new scenarios have been added.
- The 3D remake has really brought the cutscenes and battles to life.
- The Job system has been improved to bring out its best and most unique aspects, resulting in a more balanced game that is easy to enjoy.
- New save functions, including autosave, allow for players to quit the game at any time without fear of losing their progress.
Aditionally, the smartphone version has been improved to include the following:
- High resolution graphics and retouched cutscenes.
- Smooth, intuitive touch-panel controls specifically tailored to improve the gaming experience.
- Gallery Mode, where players can view illustrations from the game or listen to the soundtrack, has been added.
- New visual designs for the Job Mastery Cards and the Mognet .
What's New in Version 2.0.0-Large Screen Support: Full-screen display support has been added for devices with larger screens, such as the iPhone X
-Opening cutscene has been added.
-Gallery Mode Added: illustrations of the game, characters, and settings documets can be seen. Additionally, the entire soundtrack can be listened to.
-Auto-battle Function Added: Players can now switch to auto-battle mode, which allows battles to take place at twice the speed. In auto-battle, characters will repeat the last action they were doing.
-The following languages have been added: Korean and Thai
-Small bugs have been fixed.