Hey guys! Here's a surprise, Chrono Trigger [$9.99] just came out of nowhere. Well, not entirely out of nowhere, since Square Enix had mentioned that it was coming this month… But after the rampant delays that Final Fantasy Tactics saw, my hopes that they'd hit this release window could be best described as "cautiously optimistic."

My first impressions are fairly positive so far with this port, mostly because Square has re-rendered all of the text and game UI to actually be legible, unlike Final Fantasy Tactics! We'll offer a more thorough review in the not too distant future, but in the meantime you can swing by the thread to check out forum user impressions as well.

  • Noah

    Super fun!

  • http://twitter.com/bearded bearded

    There's no way that this game, which I've bought *several* times before is worth $3 more than Infinity Blade 2.  This should be between $3-5. Guess I'll wait for the inevitable sale.

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn't hold my breath. Square Enix doesn't do a lot of sales, and they usually only take a buck or two off the price when they do.

    • Anonymous

      oh my god, i am going to lose it. can everyone just fucking shut up about "waiting for the inevitable sale" ???

      to you. it's not worth it to you.
      i've never purchased it, therefore, it is worth the price to me. and based on the comments, it's worth the price to a lot of other people.

      if you have bought it *several* times, then why would you want to ever buy it again anyway? just play one of the *several* copies you have, donchya think?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

        Wow are you like 8? CT has been available on so many platforms over the years.

      • Anonymous

        My age has nothing to do with it, and is quite far from the point, actually. Complaining about the prices of apps and whether or not it's worth it to people is the point. It's fucking pointless, stupid, childish, and literally, I do mean literally, nobody gives a shit.
        You want to know my age? I'm old enough to have a real job where I can afford a fucking ten dollar game. And when I was a kid when CT first came out for SNES I didn't complain that it cost $50 either. I didn't buy it, but I also didn't act like a little prick.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

        you couldn't afford in on PS1? DS? GBA? Seriously it's been out for so long that it doesn't justify the price.

      • Anonymous

        I hate to jump in here but I have been a big RPG fan since the Nintendo days.  I have only played Chrono Trigger for about an hour, via an emulator years ago.  I passed on this game back then because it did not catch my interest.  At that time I got into MK and SF.

        I'm glad they released it on a device which I do most of my gaming on nowadays.  I've owned many consoles and have been curious to play this since so many people swear its one of the best games ever.  Too much hype IMO but I dislike people like you (Cat Astrophy) that have to belittle people just because they didn't play a video game, classic or not.

        The iOS market consists of those who buy right away, wait and buy, or get for free.  Let's keep folks away from option 3, regardless of how crappy or how old a game is. So for the sake of this thread...just shut it will you!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

        Nope. No reason to keep folks away from Option 3.

      • Anonymous

        I hope being a troll really works out for you in life. You'll go far!

    • http://twitter.com/kurosov Anthony Marsh

      Pretty game riddled with bugs that most people cant even get to launch (just like the original) or a timeless classic...

      • Murderin Murphy

        Really?  Riddled with bugs?  What kind of bugs?

        Wait...  Is this a joke I'm not following?

      • http://twitter.com/kurosov Anthony Marsh

        IB2 like IB has constant crash on load bugs for many people as well as a few other crash bugs, not to mention the huge problem of some peoples saves being deleted every time they open the app.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

        Just those on iOS 5. Only impatient people rush to the latest version of an OS before major bugs have been squashed. Cloud saving is still a infant technology.

  • Jas God

    Yesssssss!!!!!!!!!

  • Jas God

    my fave game all-time!

  • http://twitter.com/riChchestMat Chris Matchett

    Cancel everything. Everything? EVERYTHING!!!

    • http://twitter.com/riChchestMat Chris Matchett

      Oh wait there's no iPad version again. Uncancel everything. Everything? EVERYTH... actually just the fun stuff. 

  • Anonymous

    iPad or Uni version at release? But of course not - it's Square-Enix.

  • http://twitter.com/Brendan_Charles Brendan Charles

    UGh... no ipad support? Sorry square-enix, no money from me today.

  • http://twitter.com/saniceq Marian Vencel

    The lack of iPad versions from Square is frustrating. There is still no iPad version of FF:T which was promised in "Fall 2011".

    • http://twitter.com/Brendan_Charles Brendan Charles

      Yep, as soon as they get ipad versions they'll have my money but until then not a dime. What the heck? It's such a piss off that they have a version for the phone version before the ipad version- Superbrothers had it right, first ipad, then iphone.

      • Austin Riddle

        It's still fall 2011...December 22nd or 21st is the first day of winter.

      • http://twitter.com/sidetwo sidetwo

        Yeah it's crazy that they're targeting a bigger market before heading to a smaller market.  What idiocratic behaviour from a business! :p

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      Yeah, but... they obviously want to make this first.... so..... you think they're going to just sit on this for 2 months while they work on the iPad version? This is actually  better than your idea.

  • http://twitter.com/AC_Gamer Andy Charalambous

    Whaaaat!? $9.99!? Sorry kids, no Christmas presents this year.

    ;)

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      If you can't handle a $10 game, I'm starting to worry about that pumpkin pie you promised....

      • http://twitter.com/AC_Gamer Andy Charalambous

        Attempt at sarcasm fail :(

      • josiath21

        I got it Andy!

  • Brian Schreck

    The same price as TWO super value meals? NO SALE.

    • Adams Immersive

      On the flip side, it only costs as much as a couple of super value meals! Lasting entertainment vs. forgotten calories...

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      How much is this per hour? How much is a supervalue meal per hour?
      Stay in school kids.

  • Anonymous

    While I do wish they released their games as Universal apps even though I don't have an iPad, I do appreciate the effort in porting this to iOS. Definitely a purchase for me. I've got an hour and 20 minutes to kill on the transit to work lol.

  • http://twitter.com/ktern Brady

    Anyone know if this is based on the SNES, PS1, or DS version?

    • http://twitter.com/Brendan_Charles Brendan Charles

      This is the DS version (two extra levels)

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        Gah?! Does that mean they finally tied up the 'Future Evil Robot Factory' storylinfe? 

  • http://twitter.com/dowerchin Dower Chin

    Hmm, I agree that Square prices their games poorly... I'm wondering if they plan on screwing me by making a HD version of this later... Tactics was a terrible port and it didn't run on the iPAD! I'm tempted, but unsure...

  • Anonymous

    It looks EXACTLY like the snes version... and it's 600mb?  Someone fails at programming.

    • http://twitter.com/Brendan_Charles Brendan Charles

      Actually it's like 650mb... and 600mb of the entire package is MUSIC. dear god: 

      https://twitter.com/#!/millenomi/status/144877260309147648

      • http://twitter.com/MichaelMatzat Michael Matzat

        The quesion is, why not? It´s considered one of the best soundtracks in gaming history... headphones on and enjoy!

      • http://twitter.com/Brendan_Charles Brendan Charles

        the sound quality difference between normal sound files and .caf files is only even noticeable with either top of the line headphones or a sound system. 99% of people will not notice the difference, so is it worth it?

      • http://twitter.com/Scykei Thicky

        They only want to file size to be big so users don't feel ticked off paying 10USD for a 5MB app. :P

        It helps in a way. "Wow, 600MB! This game's gotta' be good!"

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        Excellent point. It's probably loaded up with filler (eg. Japanese porn.. accessible only by getting level 99 across all characters and beating the damn toy robot in Leene Square 99 times)

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        OH WOW. I totally forgot about the music. It's that high bitrate!?

  • Anonymous

    Seriously Square-Enix, get with the iPad program-it is just getting embarrassing.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, this needs an iPad version.

  • Anonymous

    No ipad version? Meh.... Pass

  • Anonymous

    No buy, just like FFT. No iPad support, no dice.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    For those asking for an iPad version,  - the visuals in this are far lower resolution than even an iPhone 3G's screen, so an iPad version wouldn't gain you much. 

    • Anonymous

      Not the visuals I'm worried about, but the touch targets. I just find them too small on the iPhone for most games-the iPad is just perfect.

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        iCal'd.. I can't wait to hear complaints of a 16bit gaming on iPad.

    • Lloyd Stang

      how about i just like playing games on my iPad better?

      • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

        Then play it on your iPad in double pixel mode. It will look virtually the same as a 'native' iPad version anyway.

      • http://twitter.com/MichaelMatzat Michael Matzat

        I agree. The font barly gets washed out and the rest is just squares turning into bigger squares.

  • Anonymous

    Nah, I'm not paying $9.99 for a 15 year old game.

    • http://twitter.com/kurosov Anthony Marsh

      Was instably for me. Greatest game of all time and the one thing i have wanted on my phone more than anything else without having to jailbreak. Heres to hoping an iPad version is released too with iCloud game save support between the two

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

        What do you have against jailbreaking? There's so much you can do.

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        Stea...ling?

      • http://twitter.com/MichaelMatzat Michael Matzat

        Jailbreaking issent stealing, it´s useing a pice of hardware that YOU own in every way possible.

      • http://twitter.com/kurosov Anthony Marsh

        In relation to running an emulator and a rom, yes it is stealing.

      • http://twitter.com/MichaelMatzat Michael Matzat

        No it´s not. :-) ROMs are perfectly legal if you own the original game.

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        ?? What about the other bit...  What's it called... Software? I'm pretty sure Bill Gates had a little rant about this like 30 years ago?

      • http://twitter.com/kurosov Anthony Marsh

        I don't have anything against jailbreaking, Used to have my phone and iPad  jailbroken but i found iOS5 to be more useful than the jailbreak and don't want a tethered method on my phone.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

        what can iOS 5 do that jailbreaking cannot? cydia app developers have been and will always be lightyears ahead of Apple's

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rickard-Olsson/685258932 Rickard Olsson

    Way too expensive, but I didn't expect anything else from Square Enix.

  • Kyle Litke

    Does it WORK on the iPad? I'll download it and enlarge it ala Secret of Mana if I can, but before I drop the money, does it work? It said iPad on the screen for the app, but I don't see it on the app store when I search n my iPad, and you guys are talking like it doesn't.

  • Anonymous

    P~~~~~~~~~!  I played through this game twice already; on SNES and the DS.  At $9.99 they should have at least updated the graphics somewhat.

    • M:E

      Yeah, I can't see anyone get upset about a classic games graphics being changed..
      Noone could possibly be upset about that, amirite?

  • http://twitter.com/Schvitzing Misty Jugs

    How does this look on the iPad?

    • http://twitter.com/MichaelMatzat Michael Matzat

      Good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Quickmix Frank Quickmix Hassas

    A Classic!

  • M:E

    Chrono isn't universal? You're kidding me?
    Love the game, will buy it, when it's for iPad.
    No way I'm going to try to enjot one of the best games.. Well ever.. On a tiny ass screen.
    It deserves better!

  • Anonymous

    I remember paying $80 for CT when originally released on SNES (vs. $60 typical prices). The major problem I've noticed with Square's ports are that they put only as much effort as needed to meet people's minimal expectations. One of the app store reviewers pointed out that the graphics are blurry next to the crisp text/menus. He's spot on... the screen shots look hazy. I've already played this game enough to see every ending. I'd rather cherish my memories than tarnish them by playing a port that is not up to today's standards.

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelMatzat Michael Matzat

    Why would there be an iPadVersion? The games gfx had to be fully redone.

  • Anonymous

    STFU people, you'll get the ipad version when they're done milking the iphone gamers, and the ipad owners who just couldn't hold their load.  then it'll go on sale for $2 less, and they'll milk another round.  then they'll release the ipad version for the ipad owners that COULD hold their load, and for those that couldn't and bought the iphone version.

    screenshots alone just want to make me puke with this game.  i'd rather have my memories of the original than yet another POS square port.

    • http://twitter.com/MichaelMatzat Michael Matzat

      How would there be a 1024-by-768-pixel Resolution iPad Version if the game is native about 550px × 400px?

      • Anonymous

        they either shouldn't have made the graphics all fuzzy/pseudoantialiased, or they could've redrawn the graphics completely, any intern would have had an nerdgasm to be able to do something like that and put it on their resume.

        its not like there's gigabytes of art in the original. this is just another pathetically lazy port, which is about all i expect from square anymore, and why i constantly want them to just go out of business and stop dragging their history down with each bowel movement they've done over the last few years.

        i've found better results from emulators years ago.

  • http://twitter.com/HawkEyeTS Will Buckingham

    Oh lord, they kept the super crisp horrible font on top of the SNES resolution graphics.  Yeah, I don't need yet another version of Chrono Trigger this badly, especially not for the price they're asking for a non-universal version.  Everything about the UI smacks of an incredibly lazy port.  I guess like they recently said in an interview about remaking FF7, they can't help themselves but change something every time they touch a game.  It's a shame almost none of it ever turns out to be positive changes.

  • http://twitter.com/grumblechris Chris Morley

    Chrono trigger is a great game, sits alongside FFVI as the very best 2d RPGs ever made. I think $10 is a bargain. When compared against whatever terrible value micro transaction currency goes as acceptable in the iOS market these days, you are paying ten bucks for hours of entertainment with a thoroughly polished and enormous high quality RPG. This game may be old, but it is still lightyears ahead of any of the terrible made-for-iOS action RPGs that have been farmed out recently. Here's hoping that Chrono Cross gets a port, it would be good to finally see a version of that released in EU territories.

  • Smael Syt

    this game would be beautiful in retina display. do it like how they released FF3 for iOS.

    • Anti-Archonist

      Sprite-based games (like Chrono Trigger) are not as easy to convert to high res as FF3 was. FF3 was already rendered in 3D polygons. Increasing the res was probably simple. Chrono would have to be completely re-drawn. Most fans wouldn't mind this, but some fans would (especially the ones complaining about the font and menus). Double standard. IMO, $10 for Chrono Trigger is worth it. EXCEPT the controls for running need improving. SOM was way more playable. I am playing with two thumbs. And 500MB but no FMVs? Fans will complain and still buy it, but if they want to attract new fans they have to get with it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000408745447 Matty Rosello

    This reminds me of when N64 came out. The games were over $100 and people waited in Disneyland-sized lines to get them. Now we whine that a few dollars is too much money for an amazing classic game that you'll own for life, be able to transfer to multiple devices, never be able to physically lose and will have in your pocket at all times. It shouldn't be about how much money the developers are making off of it, it should be about what value it has to you.

  • Fabian Trunz

    Game is broken, ridicuclous flicker graphic bug makes the game completely unplayable on iPad 2. Don't buy, no dev support, despite the insane price!