Facing the possibility of bankruptcy in 1987 after a string of failed titles, SquareSoft (now Square Enix) only had the resources left for one final game. Hironobu Sakaguchi was in charge of the seemingly insurmountable task of saving the company. Aptly named, Final Fantasy needed to succeed, and with the help of artist Yoshitaka Amano and composer Nobuo Uematsu, Final Fantasy not only was massively successful, it also spawned the series that has since become the benchmark that nearly all roleplaying games are compared to in one way or another.

Final Fantasy tells the tale of four "Light Warriors" with mysterious backgrounds that have joined forces to restore light to the world and vanquish the evil that has spread across the land, illuminating four elemental orbs in the process. While the plot of the game is entirely cliche by today's standards and the in-game dialog is succinct and non-sensical at times, Final Fantasy was unlike anything console gamers of the late 80's had ever seen before with an epic world map spanning three continents, party customization, and unmatched gameplay depth.

Final Fantasy

The original Final Fantasy [App Store] was not an easy game by any means. The magic system didn't make much sense, the death and save system was extremely unforgiving, and some of the later dungeons required tons of grinding to earn experience and money to buy the provisions needed to make it through alive-- And even then, a string of random encounters could put an end to hours of progress. A strategy guide was practically required, and in its day, Funco Land (now GameStop) sold the used Final Fantasy NES cartridge for far more than its original retail price after the supply dwindled following the surprise success of the game.

Final Fantasy has since been remade and rereleased several times over the years, and while the basic story and gameplay mechanics have remained the same, many tweaks and refinements have been applied in the process. The iPhone port of Final Fantasy includes the high resolution graphics and reworked soundtrack of previous revisions, the additional "Soul of Chaos" and "Labyrinth of Time" dungeons, as well as a greatly reduced difficulty level which has served as a point of contention amongst Final Fantasy fans.

Your party seems to level up much faster, you can save anywhere outside of battle, and ineffective attacks are a thing of the past. (Previously if you assigned a party member to attack a monster and that monster dies before they attack, they just swing at nothing instead of the next available target.) Like any good iPhone game, your progress is saved when you quit the game. When you load the game again, you will be able to resume from where you were in a dungeon or on the world map. This has one side effect though, in that you can cheese your way through skipping random encounters by just quitting the game when you enter battle. On your next launch, you'll be right where you were before the battle and can keep on truckin' through the dungeon.

SquareSoft never imagined Final Fantasy would be a smash hit, as the game in no way lends itself to a sequel. A year after the original Japanese release of Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II hit the streets, starting the trend of releasing Final Fantasy sequels that all feature a similar theme with a new game world as well as tweaks, refinements, and modifications to things like the battle and leveling systems. Again you play as a party of four (this time without the ability to customize which classes were in your party like the first) and once again save the world from evil.

Final Fantasy II

The most drastic change in Final Fantasy II [App Store] is way your characters level up. Instead of strictly increasing in level as you earn a certain amount of experience, the more you use certain abilities, the more powerful they become. For instance, by taking damage you will eventually earn more hit points and by casting spells you eventually earn more magic points. This often confusing cause and effect system was supposed to allow players greater customization of their characters instead of the rigid class types of the original Final Fantasy, but also allowed several opportunities to cheat the system to artificially inflate the various attributes of your party members.

Final Fantasy II also comes with a new system to interact with the various in-game characters where players can memorize certain key terms, then recall them to question townspeople. While there is more interactivity than finding the correct character and talking to them until they tell you the next part of your quest, the new dialog system introduces tons of trial and error as you explore multiple conversation trees with each character you come across.

While advancing the plot may be tedious at times, Final Fantasy II is the first game in the series where you can have less than four party members, with new characters rotating in and out as the plot progressed instead of playing the part of silent protagonists in the first. New vehicles were added, and the chocobo was first introduced, a rideable bird that allows players to move around the game world without random enemy encounters.

Final Fantasy II wasn't available in the US until 2003, as before then what we knew as the Super Nintendo Final Fantasy II was actually Final Fantasy IV, a confusing numbering scheme that wasn't rectified until the release of Final Fantasy VII for the Playstation. The iPhone port of Final Fantasy II also comes with bonus content released in previous remakes of the game. Both the "Soul of Rebirth" and "Arcane Labyrinth" dungeons are included.

Final Fantasy II features the same save system, allowing players to save anywhere. The game also will resume where you left off, and is susceptible to the same random battle cheesing as the original Final Fantasy where you can just quit the game and load it back up before the random battle occurred.

iPhone Adjustments

Both Final Fantasy games are controlled via an on-screen D-Pad for character movement and a button to run while in town or dungeons, with similar menu systems as previous releases, except now the various menu items are all touch sensitive. Movement and menu navigation works well enough to get the job done, but the D-Pad feels stiff and much larger than it should be. Also, navigating the menus can be irritating at times, as the touch areas for scroll bars and some menu options are annoyingly small. Regardless, this didn't hinder gameplay much as neither Final Fantasy game really requires quick or precise movement or menu work.

In battles, the menu system as you may remember it is gone, instead replaced with a row of icons on the bottom of the screen to attack, cast magic, use items, etc. Targeting is as simple as touching the party member or monster you want to select, and overall the battle system works well although like most games with random battles, can get very tedious, especially when backtracking and potentially fighting much lower level enemies that you can kill in one hit but still have to go through all the motions of attacking and targeting.

Conclusion

As far as which game you should get, both are substantial pieces of gaming history. If you weren't around when Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II were released, keep in mind these early RPG's lack many of the features that have since become commonplace. Because of that, you might require a trip to GameFAQs to figure out what to do or where to go next as it's not always spelled out for you. There's also no quest log if you forgot where you were supposed to be going.

Personally, I love the original Final Fantasy. I've played through the game more times than I can even remember, on more platforms than I'd even care to admit starting with the NES and ending with the iPhone. I'd recommend anyone who considers themselves a fan of RPG's or the Final Fantasy series to download the iPhone port immediately. If like me, you've been around since the beginning, the iPhone version is a competent port and an excellent blast from the past, even with the mediocre controls.

The sequel is good as well, but I've never been a fan of the wacky leveling system, and the new dialog trees that are the result of the key term memorization system will quickly have you heading to GameFAQs. I'd really recommend playing through the first before downloading the second, as if you can't make it through Final Fantasy, you likely won't have the patience for Final Fantasy II.

As an aside, I'm absolutely ecstatic that Square Enix has decided to start porting Final Fantasy games to the iPhone. I think I speak for every iPhone-owning fan of the series when I say: Please, don't stop. Bring them all.

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  • Dav

    Already downloading, both :)

  • Dav

    Already downloading, both :)

  • Ranko

    The magic system made sense if you compared it to the D&D system, which is what it was based on ^_^;

    • Postalp

      was about to make this very comment :)

  • Ranko

    The magic system made sense if you compared it to the D&D system, which is what it was based on ^_^;

    • Postalp

      was about to make this very comment :)

  • Kevin

    Downloading now, can't wait! Hopefully this time I can finish them.

    • Thisisyou

      i have the game on gba and have been playing it for a while now and it is still fun my play clock is at about 40:00 hours so i would say that that long of entertainment is worth 9 bucks. with the bonus dungeons the game is extended from its NES form so that could account for the price diff.

  • Kevin

    Downloading now, can't wait! Hopefully this time I can finish them.

  • DeadCell

    $9 each is way too much for games that are about 20 years old. I think I'll be skipping these until they are around $1-5, which will never actually happen.

    • str1f3

      You shouldn't care about how old it is unless you already beat it and then it may not be worth the price. I never got a chance to beat this game and it's been 20 years since I played the first and I've never played the second. These games will provide a ton of hours of gameplay.

      I hope everybody purchases it. As Eli said, I do hope then bring all of them over.

    • Dante

      My friend, these are ports of the PSP version of Final Fantasy I and II. They STILL retail for 20 dollars on the PSP so quit your bitching.

    • araczynski

      i also think this is too much for these. i wouldn't mind playing this again, but then again i'd rather put the money towards FF13 in a month.

      these'll go on the wait and see list, although judging by square's past pricing history, they'll stay on that list forever.

      • gabe

        month? more like less than two weeks! 8)

    • oliath

      Comments like this are really starting to annoy me.
      I appreciate that after buying you an expensive toy to play with mummy and daddy are probably limiting the pocket money they give you each month... but complaining about such a low price for a game that on ANY other platform will cost you far more.

      What would you value this at?
      More importantly... what would you value this at if you had spent lots of your own time making the game?

      Lets consider that it has cost time and money to bring this game to you and that you will be playing it for a large number of hours.

      I mean really... grow up!

      • Blurb

        lol yea you spent $600 on a phone and then bitch about spending a couple bucks on a 40 hours game.. wtf?

      • microd0t

        100% agree.. Even if you bought an ipod touch 8g, it's $200.00 ... this is IMHO the best FF Games of the series.. I know, I know, a lot of you LOVE FF VII, I'm one of them.. but to claim it the best without ever playing the first... much lulz.. Final Fantasy took SO much effort when I was a kid and had my NES.. to see it keep being re-ported and kept alive, is amazing.. I bought both this morning, and haven't stopped... hooked again.. Play the lute @ the crystal ball in Garlands castle to enter the final map btw :D (nobody every figures that out) and don't forget Masmune!! (you'll need it!)

  • DeadCell

    $9 each is way too much for games that are about 20 years old. I think I'll be skipping these until they are around $1-5, which will never actually happen.

    • str1f3

      You shouldn't care about how old it is unless you already beat it and then it may not be worth the price. I never got a chance to beat this game and it's been 20 years since I played the first and I've never played the second. These games will provide a ton of hours of gameplay.

      I hope everybody purchases it. As Eli said, I do hope then bring all of them over.

    • Dante

      My friend, these are ports of the PSP version of Final Fantasy I and II. They STILL retail for 20 dollars on the PSP so quit your bitching.

    • araczynski

      i also think this is too much for these. i wouldn't mind playing this again, but then again i'd rather put the money towards FF13 in a month.

      these'll go on the wait and see list, although judging by square's past pricing history, they'll stay on that list forever.

      • gabe

        month? more like less than two weeks! 8)

    • oliath

      Comments like this are really starting to annoy me.
      I appreciate that after buying you an expensive toy to play with mummy and daddy are probably limiting the pocket money they give you each month... but complaining about such a low price for a game that on ANY other platform will cost you far more.

      What would you value this at?
      More importantly... what would you value this at if you had spent lots of your own time making the game?

      Lets consider that it has cost time and money to bring this game to you and that you will be playing it for a large number of hours.

      I mean really... grow up!

      • Blurb

        lol yea you spent $600 on a phone and then bitch about spending a couple bucks on a 40 hours game.. wtf?

      • http://na microd0t

        100% agree.. Even if you bought an ipod touch 8g, it's $200.00 ... this is IMHO the best FF Games of the series.. I know, I know, a lot of you LOVE FF VII, I'm one of them.. but to claim it the best without ever playing the first... much lulz.. Final Fantasy took SO much effort when I was a kid and had my NES.. to see it keep being re-ported and kept alive, is amazing.. I bought both this morning, and haven't stopped... hooked again.. Play the lute @ the crystal ball in Garlands castle to enter the final map btw :D (nobody every figures that out) and don't forget Masmune!! (you'll need it!)

  • Nlsnn

    great games i gotten pre releases on my country outs earyer ^^

  • Vivasanti

    Awesome! Bring on Shining Force!!

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Yes please. And Shining Force II.

  • E

    i think these are great, i want square enix to continue with the tactics series ... those will be a great addition (downloading doth right now )

  • Nlsnn

    great games i gotten pre releases on my country outs earyer ^^

  • Vivasanti

    Awesome! Bring on Shining Force!!

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Yes please. And Shining Force II.

  • E

    i think these are great, i want square enix to continue with the tactics series ... those will be a great addition (downloading doth right now )

  • javi

    should i get the first or second one? which is better because i'm new to this game

    • Cranker

      Get the first :)

  • javi

    should i get the first or second one? which is better because i'm new to this game

    • Cranker

      Get the first :)

  • dumas1000

    I think these are tired. It's not just that they are old. Square-Enix has ported this game to every system imaginable. They've spent the better part of ten years releasing, releasing, and releasing again this same game. There's no milk left in this cow, as far as Im concerned. I'm over it.

    Meanwhile, Square is busy making real Final Fantasy games for the DS. Something I imagine we will never see on the iPhone. No Final Fantasy game, short of a 20-year old port, will ever sell at this price point anyway. Those Crystal Chronical games, plus the 3-D remakes of 3 and 4, plus the RTS FFXII game all sell 30-40 a piece, or did when they first debuted.

    • E

      As a DS (Lite) and itouch 3G owner, I agree with you that the DS FF games are great. I loved Revenant Wings, both Crystal Chronicles games, and the remakes of III and IV. However, it's still great FF I and II are available in the App Store for people who don't have a DS or PSP or whatever. It's not 99 cents, but $8.99 for a game that'll give you hours of gameplay is good. I was never around for both so I'll be giving them a try at some point. I do agree that Square Enix are FF I and II porting whores though.

    • Blurb

      And yet I've never played it or any other early final fantasy game so please don't tell me that there's no reason for me to be interested in this.

    • microd0t

      They did it for this reason: People love the freaking game man.. it's amazing.. oh AND.. us Adults.. ya, old people.. yep, ya know, the ones who had the NES and who bought the game when it first came out and spent freaking forever trying to figure everything out (pre-internet kiddos, lol).. yah.. this game, is for ME.. I don't own a DS or PSP, lol.. I have a life.. and an iPhone.. and now.. FF I and FF II (jap) (would have loved to see FFIV!!!! US: FFII).. Hopefully a few of you guys who are from the VII era and/or new players will give it a shot, with an open mind.. I mean.. comon, this thing is 20 years old.. still worth it for the story.. Not to mention it's one of the only RPG's where you grow up in the game.. still have yet to see tons do this as classy as FF1

  • dumas1000

    I think these are tired. It's not just that they are old. Square-Enix has ported this game to every system imaginable. They've spent the better part of ten years releasing, releasing, and releasing again this same game. There's no milk left in this cow, as far as Im concerned. I'm over it.

    Meanwhile, Square is busy making real Final Fantasy games for the DS. Something I imagine we will never see on the iPhone. No Final Fantasy game, short of a 20-year old port, will ever sell at this price point anyway. Those Crystal Chronical games, plus the 3-D remakes of 3 and 4, plus the RTS FFXII game all sell 30-40 a piece, or did when they first debuted.

    • E

      As a DS (Lite) and itouch 3G owner, I agree with you that the DS FF games are great. I loved Revenant Wings, both Crystal Chronicles games, and the remakes of III and IV. However, it's still great FF I and II are available in the App Store for people who don't have a DS or PSP or whatever. It's not 99 cents, but $8.99 for a game that'll give you hours of gameplay is good. I was never around for both so I'll be giving them a try at some point. I do agree that Square Enix are FF I and II porting whores though.

    • Blurb

      And yet I've never played it or any other early final fantasy game so please don't tell me that there's no reason for me to be interested in this.

    • http://na microd0t

      They did it for this reason: People love the freaking game man.. it's amazing.. oh AND.. us Adults.. ya, old people.. yep, ya know, the ones who had the NES and who bought the game when it first came out and spent freaking forever trying to figure everything out (pre-internet kiddos, lol).. yah.. this game, is for ME.. I don't own a DS or PSP, lol.. I have a life.. and an iPhone.. and now.. FF I and FF II (jap) (would have loved to see FFIV!!!! US: FFII).. Hopefully a few of you guys who are from the VII era and/or new players will give it a shot, with an open mind.. I mean.. comon, this thing is 20 years old.. still worth it for the story.. Not to mention it's one of the only RPG's where you grow up in the game.. still have yet to see tons do this as classy as FF1

  • Tim

    Already bought FFI. Thanx Square Enix!

    tim

  • Tim

    Already bought FFI. Thanx Square Enix!

    tim

  • tsharpfilm

    Both look promising, but I think I'm going to save my money for the Fallout 1 and 2 ports (I doubt they'll ever be ported, but I can dream, can't I?)

    • Rosh

      crap, why did you have to mention fallout series... Now I will spend my nights dreaming about playing FO on my iphone. Curse you

    • http://myspace.com/adzix adzix

      fallout remake for iphone... GRAND idea

    • http://www.allan-lee.com Allan

      And while we're dreaming, how about Legend of Zelda?

      • anon

        Hey. If I can get Zelda to work under linux, how hard could it be for Nintendo to get it to work on the iphone?

  • tsharpfilm

    Both look promising, but I think I'm going to save my money for the Fallout 1 and 2 ports (I doubt they'll ever be ported, but I can dream, can't I?)

    • Rosh

      crap, why did you have to mention fallout series... Now I will spend my nights dreaming about playing FO on my iphone. Curse you

    • http://myspace.com/adzix adzix

      fallout remake for iphone... GRAND idea

    • http://www.allan-lee.com Allan

      And while we're dreaming, how about Legend of Zelda?

      • anon

        Hey. If I can get Zelda to work under linux, how hard could it be for Nintendo to get it to work on the iphone?

  • ACADIAAAAAAA

    HELP!

    I'm new to the FF games. I'm having troubles battling the first boss guy (idk if he is a boss). My question is: How do you get health?!?!?!?!?! I'm still at the very beginning.

    • alex

      try battling and go back to inn to heal for the time being .when ur richer then buy potions.

    • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

      Also buy the Cure spell in town if you have a character that can use it (like a White Mage).

      • ACADIAAAAAAAAA

        Ooohh... I didn't see the inn thinger.

  • ACADIAAAAAAA

    HELP!

    I'm new to the FF games. I'm having troubles battling the first boss guy (idk if he is a boss). My question is: How do you get health?!?!?!?!?! I'm still at the very beginning.

    • alex

      try battling and go back to inn to heal for the time being .when ur richer then buy potions.

    • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

      Also buy the Cure spell in town if you have a character that can use it (like a White Mage).

      • ACADIAAAAAAAAA

        Ooohh... I didn't see the inn thinger.

  • yankjenets

    This might be a stupid question, but how do you get the menu to appear? I got it to come up once out of battle by clicking on the names in the bottom right of the screen, but those disappeared...is it something I did?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Just let go of the controls for a moment, and the character summary should return.

      • yankjenets

        Well now I feel like an idiot O.o thanks so much!

  • yankjenets

    This might be a stupid question, but how do you get the menu to appear? I got it to come up once out of battle by clicking on the names in the bottom right of the screen, but those disappeared...is it something I did?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Just let go of the controls for a moment, and the character summary should return.

      • yankjenets

        Well now I feel like an idiot O.o thanks so much!

  • DJ

    Is there an option to switch this to the Japanese language? I really want a japanese language game to play and the AppStore Japan is not an option.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Some games (e.g. Gameloft's recent titles) have an option within the game settings to change the language, but most of the time, apps and games will run in whatever language your iPhone/iPod system is set to (as long as it supports that language).

      Since there's no language setting in this game, you'll probably have to switch your entire iPhone/iPod to Japanese to get any games or apps (that have Japanese support) to switch languages.

      I had my system in Japanese for about a year, during which time many of my apps (all bought from the Canadian iTunes store) ran in Japanese. It's currently set to English again, so I don't know if it works with Final Fantasy…but try it.

      • DJ

        Yeah, last night after reading that someone hit a bug and it changed to Japanese I switched my iPod to Jap. and downloaded the game and it works beautifully! I'm quite excited. I just wish they'd make it more obvious if games are released with multiple locales.

  • DJ

    Is there an option to switch this to the Japanese language? I really want a japanese language game to play and the AppStore Japan is not an option.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Some games (e.g. Gameloft's recent titles) have an option within the game settings to change the language, but most of the time, apps and games will run in whatever language your iPhone/iPod system is set to (as long as it supports that language).

      Since there's no language setting in this game, you'll probably have to switch your entire iPhone/iPod to Japanese to get any games or apps (that have Japanese support) to switch languages.

      I had my system in Japanese for about a year, during which time many of my apps (all bought from the Canadian iTunes store) ran in Japanese. It's currently set to English again, so I don't know if it works with Final Fantasy…but try it.

      • DJ

        Yeah, last night after reading that someone hit a bug and it changed to Japanese I switched my iPod to Jap. and downloaded the game and it works beautifully! I'm quite excited. I just wish they'd make it more obvious if games are released with multiple locales.

  • shadowbubbles

    I've been waiting for this for a long time! YES!

    ...Although double tapping an enemy to attack like in FFIII would have been nice. I mean, it's a TOUCHSCREEN. -_-

  • shadowbubbles

    I've been waiting for this for a long time! YES!

    ...Although double tapping an enemy to attack like in FFIII would have been nice. I mean, it's a TOUCHSCREEN. -_-

  • Shipnabottle

    Ok, I've gotta say it. $9 folks! What in God's name are you waiting for? $9! what in the world
    can you possibly buy for $9 that will give you the enjoyment of a Final Fantasy game? Tell me? $9!

    • Rosh

      The Quest, GTA:CW, Doom, Ravensword, Brothers in arms... maybe even some weed or beer :P

      • Cilo

        Ravensword? you serious dude, that game blew so badly, it doesnt even compare to the depth these games have, unless you just get off from seeing things in 3d.

      • ACADIAAAAAAAAA

        Agreed! Ravensword is horrible.

      • gabe

        haha weed + newer final fantasies = awesome. :D Can't wait for XIII, IMA BE TRIPPING WITH FINAL FANTASY IN HD!!! hell yeah!

      • Salaryman Ryan

        As much as I love beer, I doubt you can get 40 hours worth of beer for 9 bucks. :)

    • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

      Or a *really* cheap hooker in Thailand?

    • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

      9 doodle jumps

  • Shipnabottle

    Ok, I've gotta say it. $9 folks! What in God's name are you waiting for? $9! what in the world
    can you possibly buy for $9 that will give you the enjoyment of a Final Fantasy game? Tell me? $9!

    • Rosh

      The Quest, GTA:CW, Doom, Ravensword, Brothers in arms... maybe even some weed or beer :P

      • Cilo

        Ravensword? you serious dude, that game blew so badly, it doesnt even compare to the depth these games have, unless you just get off from seeing things in 3d.

      • ACADIAAAAAAAAA

        Agreed! Ravensword is horrible.

      • gabe

        haha weed + newer final fantasies = awesome. :D Can't wait for XIII, IMA BE TRIPPING WITH FINAL FANTASY IN HD!!! hell yeah!

      • Salaryman Ryan

        As much as I love beer, I doubt you can get 40 hours worth of beer for 9 bucks. :)

    • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

      Or a *really* cheap hooker in Thailand?

    • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

      9 doodle jumps

  • Shipnabottle

    Just so much negativity for the amount you would spend on lunch, and surely anyone who can afford an iPhone still has $9 left after buying lunch?

    • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

      Wanna shout me lunch? I'm skint.

  • Shipnabottle

    Just so much negativity for the amount you would spend on lunch, and surely anyone who can afford an iPhone still has $9 left after buying lunch?

    • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

      Wanna shout me lunch? I'm skint.

  • Chris

    I downloaded but both crash on start up?! I have iPod touch 2g running 3.1

  • Chris

    I downloaded but both crash on start up?! I have iPod touch 2g running 3.1

  • kayne

    I've got the same question as DJ - Is there an option for Japanese language?

    • DJ

      No in-game option but if your iPod is set to Japanese it works!

  • kayne

    I've got the same question as DJ - Is there an option for Japanese language?

    • DJ

      No in-game option but if your iPod is set to Japanese it works!

  • iamPro

    Really excited to play these. I never had the patience to finish either of the early FF series. With an improved save system and a phone I always have with me, perhaps I can this time.

    Btw, now I'm starting to hope to see a Xenogear port to the iPhone!!

  • iamPro

    Really excited to play these. I never had the patience to finish either of the early FF series. With an improved save system and a phone I always have with me, perhaps I can this time.

    Btw, now I'm starting to hope to see a Xenogear port to the iPhone!!

  • pepperman

    Great games.
    However, whenever I'm in a village the framerate seems to drop down and my movement seems to be slower/less smooth.
    I experience this only with FF1. Anyone else has this too?

    • Microd0t

      Funny enough, it did this in the NES version as well... :/ but.. ah well.. it's an amazing game.. w00t

  • pepperman

    Great games.
    However, whenever I'm in a village the framerate seems to drop down and my movement seems to be slower/less smooth.
    I experience this only with FF1. Anyone else has this too?

    • http://na Microd0t

      Funny enough, it did this in the NES version as well... :/ but.. ah well.. it's an amazing game.. w00t

  • pepperman

    anyone knows the logic in the order my characters attack?
    It's seems to be quite random to me but I'm probably wrong

    • Cilo

      Pretty sure it's top down, or front row then back row

  • pepperman

    anyone knows the logic in the order my characters attack?
    It's seems to be quite random to me but I'm probably wrong

    • Cilo

      Pretty sure it's top down, or front row then back row

  • Lions

    Grabbed FFI this morning. Now have to wait for work to end so i can give it a spin. I remember my brother and I sitting around the TV playing these as kids...

  • Lions

    Grabbed FFI this morning. Now have to wait for work to end so i can give it a spin. I remember my brother and I sitting around the TV playing these as kids...

  • Stephen

    VII

  • Stephen

    VII

  • Skavinger

    I agree, I bought Ravensword, hopin' it would be reminscent of Oblivion (just scaled down) ... but yeah, Ravensword just didn't do it for me ... too generic ...

  • Skavinger

    I agree, I bought Ravensword, hopin\' it would be reminscent of Oblivion (just scaled down) ... but yeah, Ravensword just didn\'t do it for me ... too generic ...

  • SMHJR1

    The price is relative. I don't think $9 is too much for this game, especially when one considers that it is at least the same quality as all other marquee RPGs on the iStore. That being said, it is too high a price for a game that I can freely play by downloading an emulator of basically any system that has ever been made, because Square has ported it there. Perhaps if I am taking a long trip somewhere I'll pick it up, otherwise it's not worth it.

  • SMHJR1

    The price is relative. I don't think $9 is too much for this game, especially when one considers that it is at least the same quality as all other marquee RPGs on the iStore. That being said, it is too high a price for a game that I can freely play by downloading an emulator of basically any system that has ever been made, because Square has ported it there. Perhaps if I am taking a long trip somewhere I'll pick it up, otherwise it's not worth it.

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    NES games go for $5 on the Wii Shop channel, so it's kind of fair to expect a little less expensive. On the other hand, these games look excellent.

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    NES games go for $5 on the Wii Shop channel, so it's kind of fair to expect a little less expensive. On the other hand, these games look excellent.

  • Thomas

    What's the rating ? Did you stop giving games ratings ?

  • Thomas

    What's the rating ? Did you stop giving games ratings ?

  • Henning

    $9 is a bit much for a 20 year old game that they didn't even care to update the interface on. This looks like an oversized GBA game.

    • mike

      are you kidding?

      they... totally updated the graphics, and gave it a whole new touch interface.

      the graphics in this are better than the Playstation version by leaps and bounds.. Check again.

  • Henning

    $9 is a bit much for a 20 year old game that they didn't even care to update the interface on. This looks like an oversized GBA game.

    • mike

      are you kidding?

      they... totally updated the graphics, and gave it a whole new touch interface.

      the graphics in this are better than the Playstation version by leaps and bounds.. Check again.

  • Datch

    I've got a weird bug here. After I saved my game for the first time, all the text in the game changed to japanese. Anyone else had this problem?

  • Datch

    I've got a weird bug here. After I saved my game for the first time, all the text in the game changed to japanese. Anyone else had this problem?

  • gabe

    so does anyone know where the items that can be used to cast magic are located? I'm talking about staffs or rods you can equip but USE as well, and a magic spell is cast.. Anyone?

    • pepperman

      Spells can be bought at magic shops at almost every village.
      Staffs can be bought at weapon shops

    • help

      If you are talking about the glove that can cast thundara or the staff that can cast heal then to use the magic on that item, just go to your items and select the staff or the rod. It is unlimited use and your character does not have to equip it.

  • gabe

    so does anyone know where the items that can be used to cast magic are located? I'm talking about staffs or rods you can equip but USE as well, and a magic spell is cast.. Anyone?

    • pepperman

      Spells can be bought at magic shops at almost every village.
      Staffs can be bought at weapon shops

    • help

      If you are talking about the glove that can cast thundara or the staff that can cast heal then to use the magic on that item, just go to your items and select the staff or the rod. It is unlimited use and your character does not have to equip it.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Grabbed FF1 immediately. It's fantastic. The framerate seems a little choppy sometimes, but it's not a big deal.

    The one thing that really annoys me is that awful, loud sound effect that plays every time you touch a menu option. Which is all the time. It's louder than the music and all the other sounds. And you can't turn it off or even turn it *down*.

    I don't think I'll last much longer before I just start playing the game on mute, which is a shame, since the music has been greatly improved since its original 8-bit incarnation.

    Really hoping they throw in an option to turn that thing off.

    • gabe

      yeah it makes it impossible to enjoy the game in math class! :(

      • Chinito77

        I agree on that too. I posted that complaint on the iTunes store in hoping that Square will release an update to either lower or mute that menu sound effect.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Grabbed FF1 immediately. It's fantastic. The framerate seems a little choppy sometimes, but it's not a big deal.

    The one thing that really annoys me is that awful, loud sound effect that plays every time you touch a menu option. Which is all the time. It's louder than the music and all the other sounds. And you can't turn it off or even turn it *down*.

    I don't think I'll last much longer before I just start playing the game on mute, which is a shame, since the music has been greatly improved since its original 8-bit incarnation.

    Really hoping they throw in an option to turn that thing off.

    • gabe

      yeah it makes it impossible to enjoy the game in math class! :(

      • Chinito77

        I agree on that too. I posted that complaint on the iTunes store in hoping that Square will release an update to either lower or mute that menu sound effect.

  • iNewton

    Nice. Wish they'd release FFVII.

  • iNewton

    Nice. Wish they'd release FFVII.

  • leeroy

    Toast.

  • leeroy

    Toast.

  • Dark_Messenger

    I play these quality games on my psone. Nice to have them as backup on iphone though. Are they altered from the psx versions in any way?

  • Dark_Messenger

    I play these quality games on my psone. Nice to have them as backup on iphone though. Are they altered from the psx versions in any way?

  • mike

    I laughed when someone on one of these threads complained that it was the same as the GameBoy Advance version.

    Gameboy Advance? Dude. Crazy. I was playing FF2 last night for like 2 hrs, I LOVE the music, the graphics are really really nice, and you get used to the controls after like 3 minutes. Wicked wicked strategy from Square.

    I realize there's alot of really young kids on here (duh, its video games) but guys, they're not going to release FF7 now and waste the opportunity to make all that money. It's a business. You start from the bottom and work your way up...

    Think about it,by the time they get around to FF7, iPhone 4's gonna be out (not to mention iPad) and Square can really take advantage of the graphical prowess of these new devices.

    One little gripe about FF2... The controls don't seem as sharp as, say Inotia2. Square, just copy Inotia2's button size, etc and try to refine the responsiveness of the virtual keys, but other than that, awesome game.

  • mike

    I laughed when someone on one of these threads complained that it was the same as the GameBoy Advance version.

    Gameboy Advance? Dude. Crazy. I was playing FF2 last night for like 2 hrs, I LOVE the music, the graphics are really really nice, and you get used to the controls after like 3 minutes. Wicked wicked strategy from Square.

    I realize there's alot of really young kids on here (duh, its video games) but guys, they're not going to release FF7 now and waste the opportunity to make all that money. It's a business. You start from the bottom and work your way up...

    Think about it,by the time they get around to FF7, iPhone 4's gonna be out (not to mention iPad) and Square can really take advantage of the graphical prowess of these new devices.

    One little gripe about FF2... The controls don't seem as sharp as, say Inotia2. Square, just copy Inotia2's button size, etc and try to refine the responsiveness of the virtual keys, but other than that, awesome game.

  • Sora

    it's a very good game, but i've got a question : what is the touch for open the world map ??

    • alwayswil

      I figured how to get world map to show up...wait for menu in corner to show up and press and hold on menu. Hope my instructions are clear enough. ^_^

  • Sora

    it's a very good game, but i've got a question : what is the touch for open the world map ??

    • alwayswil

      I figured how to get world map to show up...wait for menu in corner to show up and press and hold on menu. Hope my instructions are clear enough. ^_^

  • http://www.aldonn.com Aldonn

    if they released Final Fantasy 4 it would be an immediate purchase. Hell if they released the DS version, I wouldn't even take a look at the price, it would be an instant buy. But these games are so low on story and so high on tedium I just can't bring myself to pay 9 bucks for 40 hours of torture :p

    And this is coming from a huge Final Fantasy fan that owns and has played every game in the series, as well as SO MANY other JRPGs, like Xenosaga, Grandia, Star Ocean, and god does the list go on.

    My point, these games are just too damn tedious.

  • http://www.aldonn.com Aldonn

    if they released Final Fantasy 4 it would be an immediate purchase. Hell if they released the DS version, I wouldn't even take a look at the price, it would be an instant buy. But these games are so low on story and so high on tedium I just can't bring myself to pay 9 bucks for 40 hours of torture :p

    And this is coming from a huge Final Fantasy fan that owns and has played every game in the series, as well as SO MANY other JRPGs, like Xenosaga, Grandia, Star Ocean, and god does the list go on.

    My point, these games are just too damn tedious.

  • http://www.isetheby.org I'se the B'y

    Awesome! I think $8.99 is very reasonable for the hours of gameplay you can get out of these. Downloading now!

  • http://www.isetheby.org I'se the B'y

    Awesome! I think $8.99 is very reasonable for the hours of gameplay you can get out of these. Downloading now!

  • TheOne

    Oliath, why don't you just shut up? £6 for a 20 year old game is too much.
    If you've got money to waste, then good for you.... Perhaps your spending mummy and daddies money?

    • Chinito77

      So you're here to tell people how they should spend their money???
      Dozens of iPhone games are just remakes of games from the late 70s and early 80s. Remember when simple was fun? That is what FF is and if you don't agree, go vent elsewhere.

  • TheOne

    Oliath, why don't you just shut up? £6 for a 20 year old game is too much.
    If you've got money to waste, then good for you.... Perhaps your spending mummy and daddies money?

    • Chinito77

      So you're here to tell people how they should spend their money???
      Dozens of iPhone games are just remakes of games from the late 70s and early 80s. Remember when simple was fun? That is what FF is and if you don't agree, go vent elsewhere.

  • I have FF2 and an iPod touch 1

    This loads very slow to download but that's what you get for getting a game that's so long

    • Captain Obvious

      Thanks for taking the time for posting that insightful comment. Captain Obvious has spoken!

  • I have FF2 and an iPod touch 1st gen

    This loads very slow to download but that's what you get for getting a game that's so long

    • Captain Obvious

      Thanks for taking the time for posting that insightful comment. Captain Obvious has spoken!