The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that's OK. If you disagree with what we've chosen, let's try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado…

 

Final Fantasy Dimensions II

Let me start out this Game of the Week post by pointing out the biggest flaw of this week's pick: Final Fantasy Dimensions II [$14.99] should not have been named Final Fantasy Dimensions II. It doesn't have much in common with the original Final Fantasy Dimensions, and if you enjoyed that game and saw this sequel hoping to get more of what you loved, you'll be sorely disappointed. That said, I'm really intrigued by the type of game Final Fantasy Dimensions II is, and I feel like it's almost the perfect mobile version of the classic RPG series.

"So, what would YOU name it then, smarty pants?" I hear you asking. Well, I'd probably call this Final Fantasy: The Arcade Game, because that's what this feels like. Unlike traditional games in the series (including the original Dimensions), there's no overworld or dungeons to explore here. Everything is pretty much navigating menus, taking part in battles, and upgrading your party. It's all super streamlined and feels very appropriate for the short burst style of gaming that's so conducive to mobile.

This is in large part because the original version of Final Fantasy Dimensions II that launched in Japan nearly three years ago under a different name was a completely free to play social RPG. Square Enix did a great job heavily augmenting the game to fit its new paid nature, and I feel like this is another reason this is a noteworthy game this week. You often see paid games switch to free to play when they don't meet expectations, but it's pretty rare to see a game make the switch in the other direction. I say kudos to Squeenix for making the switch rather than simply shutting down the game altogether.

There's not too much I can say about Final Fantasy Dimensions II that wasn't covered in Shaun's exhaustive review earlier this week, so be sure to give that a read if you're considering this one. But I will harp on a point he makes: If you know what you're going into with Final Fantasy Dimensions II, it's actually quite enjoyable. The confusing naming makes this hard to realize at first, but this is a game that actually captures much of what is fun about a Final Fantasy game in the mechanical sense but delivers it in a very mobile-friendly package.

It's not like there's a lack of full-fledged Final Fantasy games to choose from on mobile if you'd prefer that, but if you want something that's easy to squeeze into your free gaming moments throughout the day that'll scratch a similar itch the know that Final Fantasy Dimensions II does that really well.

  • Milotorou

    Agreed with this pick !

    I have been on the fence for like 2 days before finally caving in.

    Ive been mostly playing this during breaks at work, lunch and while watching tv with the wife in the evening...

    Already clocked 5 hours in 2 days... and that was not even during my "gaming" time, Its literaly the idle FF I was waiting for !

    It has the conveniences of F2P games (Easy to pick and leave, quick fights, simple menus and gameplay) without the inconvenience (stupid stamina system that dictates you should stop playing, silly gachas that make you suck if youre not the luckiest guy on earth, content that stays locked for month before releasing because they want you to stay there and keep grinding)

    If youre on the fence, heres my question :
    Have you ever played a f2p game, that you kind of enjoyed the fun yet simple gameplay, but eventually hit a wall that made you throw the darn thing out the window in fear of getting robbed ?
    With FFD2 this last thing wont happen, they wont bother you for your money once you purchase.

    I rest my case 🙂

    • ValentiaLyra

      You totally sold me! Downloading now. 😀

      • Milotorou

        Hope you enjoy it 😊

    • Ian Shuker

      Does it require internet connection?

      • Milotorou

        Nope, it doesnt

    • Mysterious Heroine X

      Completely agree with you! I hope you'll also share your comments on the TA thread for this game as well. It's different than the usual FF game but that also makes it special in its own way.

      I prefer original premium games myself but if ANYONE wants to convert their original f2p to a premium, I'm always on board with that.

      • Milotorou

        I also prefer premium games myself.

        But the issue I encounter when doing daily activities is that im always stuck repeating my exploration or I have to spend 5 minutes trying to remember what exactly I was about to do in the game because I had to quit the app in a hurry.

        Honestly when i've been home at night with the kids asleep these last days I did not even turn FF Dimensions 2 on, I grabbed my 3DS or played FF VII on my iPad...

        When im doing other daily activities like at work where i often have 2-3 minutes between two calls (im a manager in a call center), during my breaks or at the gym, this is where I find this game to shine !

  • curtneedsaride

    I agree too! I often wish Square-Enix would offer premium versions of their F2P titles. It’s nice to see they are open to the idea. And I will support the transition from F2P to premium any day from them. Here’s hoping that one day we’ll see Record Keeper, Brave Exvius, and Mobius released in premium versions too. I’ll happily start over in any of them if it means no more IAP, gacha, or stamina.

    • Milotorou

      Im saddened by the overall negative review its getting.

      On the canadian app store the guy says "this is just another f2p trash, we shouldnt have to pay for this".

      This is seriously a niche game, it might not be for everyone, but for people like me who often have a 2-3 minutes at work... its just the perfect fit, much better than these 100% f2ps, i dont regret purchasing this one bit !

      • curtneedsaride

        Thanks for the reminder to go rate it! I just wish they'd release the soundtrack on the same day as the app. I can't find it anywhere to purchase.

  • Dailon Huskey

    Good choice!

  • callmechris.

    Hope you enjoy it 😊