CHRONO TRIGGER Review
- Seamless, complex combat system remains as sharp as ever.
- Engaging storyline.
- Revised version includes two new zones from the Nintendo DS release.
- While still functional, the virtual stick and touch controls feel tacked on instead of intuitive in their design.
- 'Smoothed' visuals come off as blurry instead of 'optimized for iPhone/iPod'; iPad owners beware.
This is still the Chrono Trigger fans have come to know and love even despite Square Enix' stubborn refusal to shape its games to suit the iOS platform; this can dampen the experience, but its core still shines through.
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As time goes on the list of games considered 'all time favorites' for an individual gamer shuffles and changes - this is as much thanks to newer games as it is due to maturing as a gamer and reconsidering games from the past that may have once been ignored. Personally there are some titles that are seemingly intractable and amongst this list is the classic Super Nintendo RPG, Chrono Trigger.
For those not directly familiar with the series, the game starts out much like any classic JRPG - the main protagonist is woken up, having forgotten an important event and the game quickly throws you in to the thick of it as something terrible happens. However, what has come to define this game as a classic is how quickly this story develops in to something far more intriguing and complex, exploring each individual character and their past with a clever time-travel theme.
Being as popular as it is, Chrono Trigger has seen releases on multiple platforms and has even had full-motion animated scenes added to further emphasize special moments in the game. Sadly these additions haven't made it across to the iOS version and veteran fans may also be thrown off by minor changes to various item names.
However this is a minor thing compared to the need to bolt the game to a control system that, while admirable in its attempt at boiling things down to basic swipes and a tap, is a far-cry from the expected intuitive option of simply tapping the screen to get things done. A virtual stick moves characters and can be adjusted to run or walk, but its fluidity works against the game as characters slide around unnecessarily. Also, combat can be needlessly frustrating as swipes quickly slip over your intended target in the heat of battle, making the 'Active' option a risk for those who aren't veterans of the title.
Thankfully, as with the original, where Chrono Trigger really manages to shine is in its almost-Action-RPG style of combat that utilizes the environments you're currently in instead of phasing to the usual static left/right split of enemies and heroes. Characters can only act once their time-bar has filled and the usual options of basic as well as 'Tech' attacks are available. Should another character be ready at the same time you can perform a combination attack - level up your characters enough and you'll even unlock devastating triple combo attacks.
The complexity doesn't end there either as players have to consider where their characters are located on the screen as most special attacks only work in a specific area or require characters to be in range of each other. Ultimately it's a system that rewards players for exploring each of their available characters instead of simply sticking to a set trio; something the game further emphases with many of its story moments.
Veterans aren't left out of the loop either as this version includes two areas added to the Nintendo DS version, giving you more than enough of a reason to jump down the rabbit-hole again.
While on one hand Chrono Trigger for iOS is still the game fans have come to know and love, the lack of attention to detail in porting the game is frustratingly evident and something not worthy of such a classic.
If you are yet to play this seminal RPG, do yourself a favor and grab it now, but fans hoping for another seamless experience are better off loading it up on a device they already own it on.
DescriptionJourney to the forgotten past, to the far future, and to the end of time. A big adventure to save the planet, now begins…
CHRONO TRIGGER is the timeless role-playing classic developed by the ‘Dream Team’ of DRAGON QUEST creator Yuji Horii, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, and the creators of FINAL FANTASY. As the story unfolds, embark on a journey to different eras: the present, the middle ages, the future, prehistory, and ancient times! Whether you're a first-time player or a longtime fan, this epic quest to save a planet's future promises hours of enthralling adventure!
As the definitive version of CHRONO TRIGGER, not only have the controls been updated, the graphics and sound have also been revamped to make your adventure even more fun and enjoyable to play. To complete your journey, also included is the mysterious ‘Dimensional Vortex’ dungeon and the forgotten ‘Lost Sanctum’ dungeon. Meet the challenges presented to you and long-lost secrets may be revealed...
A chance encounter amid the festivities of Guardia's Millennial Fair in Leene Square introduces our young hero, Crono, to a girl by the name of Marle. Deciding to explore the fair together, the two soon find themselves at an exhibition of the Telepod, the latest invention by Crono's longtime friend Lucca. Marle, fearless and brimming with curiosity, volunteers to assist in a demonstration. An unanticipated malfunction, however, sends her hurtling through a rift in the dimensions. Taking hold of the girl's pendant, Crono bravely follows in pursuit. But the world into which he emerges is the one of four centuries before. Journey to the forgotten past, the distant future, and even to the very End of Time. The epic quest to save a planet's future makes history once again.
Active Time Battle Version 2
During battle, time will not stop, and you can enter commands when the character's gauge is full. The enemies' positions will change as time passes, so choose your actions based on any given situation.
‘Tech’ moves and combos
During battle, you can unleash special ‘Tech’ moves, including abilities and/or magic and characters can combine these abilities to unleash all new combo attacks which are unique to them. There are over 50 different types of combos that you can execute between two and three characters!
Experience the 'Dimensional Vortex' and the 'Lost Sanctum' dungeons
The Dimensional Vortex: a mysterious, ever-changing dungeon existing outside of space and time. What wonders await you at its center? The Lost Sanctum: enigmatic gates in prehistoric and medieval times will lead you to these forgotten chambers. Meet the challenges presented to you and long-lost secrets may be revealed...
Graphics and sound
While keeping the atmosphere of the original, the graphics have been updated in higher resolution. As for the sound and music, under the supervision of composer Yasunori Mitsuda, all songs have been updated for an even more immersive gameplay experience.
In addition to saving at a save point or choosing to quit from the menu, your progress is saved automatically while traversing the map.