Square Enix created an updated Chrono Trigger [$9.99] port, released it for Steam, and is bringing some enhancements to the iOS and Android versions. "Updated graphics and sound" mean the game looks different than the previous port, though the font is still a bit jarring. Controls and screen layout got an update, along with support for controllers. The game properly supports playing across multiple devices, as you can now use cloud saves and play on the iPad and Apple TV. A new autosave function will help make the game feel a bit more modern, and achievements are there for y'all who like brownie points.

I'm really glad to see Chrono Trigger getting these enhancmenets so long after its initial mobile release. It's reminiscent of Sega updating the Sonic the Hedgehog titles years later with the Christian Whitehead and Headcannon updates. While this version isn't perhaps of the same, nitpicky quality as those ports, Square Enix is at least making sure that this port of a timeless classic stays fresh and relevant for new and existing players. Plus, this port is arguably the definitive port, content-wise, as it has the new features from the DS version. Whether you like the re-recorded soundtrack is a matter of taste.

What's kind of funny is that PC people are complaining that this is the mobile version just ported to PC, as the touch controls are available. Some of the other tweaks made to the PC version are either inconvenient or just plain ugly, like the font.

Of course, if you wanted to play Chrono Trigger as it was intended, there are ways to do that! Otherwise, while some of the modernizing changes might be controversial, this is still a classic game available for a few bucks. You can check out the new Chrono Trigger update right now, and be sure to read Shaun's RPG Reload on the title.

  • baldeagle86

    But when will it come to Switch?!

    • Mr. Mayhem

      Wondering the same about this and the classic FFs, I want to get this now that it is universal but I’d much rather have it on Switch.

  • Yair Maimon

    Are the controls still problematic though?

  • http://wizodd.tumblr.com Wizard of Odyssey

    Shaun, in the Reload: "I think I'll be sticking to the DS version for future replays, however, unless Square Enix does one heck of an overhaul on this app. I'm not going to hold my breath on that, though."

    What say you now, Shaun?

    • Milotorou

      I think the same opinion stays for most people.

      But now with this overhaul I feel the mobile version feels less like a "unpolished" version.

      If I didnt alreay have it on the DS id be happy with this one

      • http://wizodd.tumblr.com Wizard of Odyssey

        I have it on the DS, but I know I'll never play it. The iOS version has a fighting chance, especially with iCloud support and a bit more assurance it won't just stop working for me.

  • Dailon Huskey

    Wow they updated one of my favorites and I thought there was no chance in it
    Stunned and happy, such awesome news

  • Ernesto Ibarra

    iPhone X 16:9 aspect maybe?

    • Taeles

      nope, does not support ipx

  • Milotorou

    While its a welcome update I still prefer my DS version 😅

  • Oniros

    Still not compatible with the Galaxy S8. What’s the point of all these updates if the game can’t be played on one of the biggest flagships of 2017?

    • Justin Wood

      It's not just your phone either, nothing seems to be able to install it. My phone, my tablet, both Bluestacks emulated devices I've got linked to my account, none of them are compatible.

  • curtneedsaride

    Whoa! I’m surprised to see this. I had no idea it was enhanced on PC. Glad they’re committed to bringing us updated content on these classics. And I’m even more surprised that the original Secret of Mana didn’t get this treatment before its 3D console release. I’d really appreciate a manual save anywhere on that one.

  • John Gaver

    Did they add the PS1 cutscenes?