Many a song is sung about the Final Fantasy series from Square Enix, but if any of those songs is less sung than the other songs, it's probably Final Fantasy 2. An extremely experimental sequel that didn't fare too well in practice, Final Fantasy 2 nevertheless made some additions that are still a part of the franchise today. The modern version of the game is far easier to swallow than the Japan-only original release, but the game certainly does carry a reputation, enough of one that some people might not want to risk buying it. Personally, I like the game, as I outlined in an RPG Reload a while back. If you've never given the game a chance, the time has never been better, because you can get the game for the enticing price of $0.00 until February 14th through the Final Fantasy Portal [Free] app.

The game is being given away as part of the one-year anniversary celebration for the Final Fantasy Portal app. All you have to do is download the Portal app (if you don't already have it), load it up, go to the Final Fantasy 2 page, and hit "Purchase". That will "sell" you a free IAP for the game, which can then be played whenever you like through the Portal app. This appears to be the same version of Final Fantasy 2 as the separate app. We haven't played far enough in to see if this version suffers from the same severe bugs that the last patch to the separate version brought, however.

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Curiously, it seems that the stand-alone version has been removed from sale on the App Store. Square Enix did this with the first Final Fantasy [$7.99] when it made its Portal debut, only to return it later. That could be what's happening here, or perhaps it's simply down pending fixes to the game-breaking issues the last patch included. Either way, whether you owned the stand-alone or not, you can go get a copy of the game for free until February 14th. It beats a punch to the face, unless you're trying to increase your maximum HP, that is.

  • QuarterSwede

    Excellent. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Bone16

    Ty👍🏻🍻

  • gmattergames

    Kinda buggy, freezing up on me.

  • Chungston

    Thanks mate

  • RLennon

    Anyone else having trouble 'buying' this?

    I get an error stating that certain pieces of identity are in conflict. What does that mean?

    • Shaun Musgrave

      That happened to me at first. I just closed out the app from the app manager, started it up again, and it worked.

      • RLennon

        I'll check that out. Thanks!

        Much respect for the quick reply, Shaun! I am flattered!

    • DanKetch

      I had to make a new Squeenix account and then it worked for this hombre.

      • RiptoR

        I didn't even log in with my squeenix account.

  • http://aggromagnetgames.com/ Aggro Magnet Games

    Thanks for the heads-up! Snagged it!

    Now, from what I've heard about this game, I'm off to make my characters attack one another, I guess? 🙂

  • OrangutanKungfu

    Such an odd game, but there's still much to like about it.

  • gamefreak23

    Sweet thanks for the heads up 🙂

  • jansdejager

    I bought ffII a while back and it's still in my purchased apps compared to other apps that have been removed from App Store. Maybe someone didn't tell squeenix purchased apps will remain in customer's tote bag?

  • joey brunstad

    it says that trying to download this after the free thing is over will cost money, does that mean if i try to download it on a different device or it gets deleted before it ends that i need to pay for it?