A lot of legendary PC and arcade video games from the ‘80s, ‘90s or early 2000s have landed on Android devices these past few years (and some have even become successful), but RPG enthusiasts have had something missing all along.
Final Fantasy, the hugely popular role-playing game franchise which debuted back in 1987 and has had no less than 13 sequels and spin-offs these past 25 years, didn’t manage to find its way to Android, although an iOS version of FF III was released over a year ago.
The disappointment grew even more for hardcore mobile gamers across the globe back in March, when Square Enix decided to finally make an Android version of Final Fantasy available. But for some reason the game was a Japan-exclusive one, featuring only Japanese text and audio.
However, monster-slayers and adventurers living outside Japan finally have a special new reason to keep their Android devices close at all times, as Final Fantasy III is now available to download from Google Play (the US and European versions).
Based on the 3D remake of the Final Fantasy III game released for the first time in 1990, FF III for Android truly comes with breathtaking visuals, but also with intuitive touch-panels controls and a challenging storyline that will keep you glued to your smartphone or tablet for days or weeks in a row.
It’s pretty difficult to measure up exactly how much gameplay time there is in Final Fantasy III, but it’s pretty obvious that this is not your run-of-the-mill RPG to be completed in a week with just a couple of hours of game time every two days.
The initial feedback is more than favorable for Android’s FF III, with the game currently scoring a great 4.8 average mark out of 466 votes over in Google Play. And aside from the impressive visuals, smooth controls and challenging storyline, it’s also very nice to see that the game only requires Android 2.2 or up and that, at least as far as we know, it can be safely and smoothly run on any Android-based device released in the past few years.
On the flip side, Final Fantasy III does have one negative aspect that may drive users away from it and that’s the pricing. Square Enix’ latest release can be purchased for a pretty steep $15.99, which is well over (and in most cases double or triple) the price tag of any other Android RPG available out there.
Is Final Fantasy III for Android a one-of-a-kind game that shouldn’t be missed by any true RPG lover? Definitely. Is it worth 16 whole bucks? Well, you tell me!
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The price is actually the reason why I didn’t buy it yet. With a price tag like that, I expect a trial.
I can only say I bought it and don’t regret it. This is not angry birds, this is an actual solid game that has a production value way above average. 16$ is a fair price. It’s AAA quality on mobile phone, believe me when I say it should be worth more.
I’m not a devoted fan of FF universe, but I respect its legacy, support Android’s expansion and would like to buy this ace game. Price is only reason why I didn’t bought it already and won’t do that before Square will drop it at least by 40%.
It’s nice to see the android market finally get some games from serious developers. Hopefully this will attract more games from other developers. $15.99 isn’t a bad price for the game when you consider it was $30 when it came out on the DS, but it’s hard to get around the sticker shock when you compare them against nickle and dime apps and games currently on the market.
I hope they fix it soon. Had to get a refund because it kept saying ‘ connection lost’ Very sad….
I had no problems for 30+ hours of gameplay, but I quicksaved ONE TIME and it started doing that to me… Too late for a refund. -.-
Otherwise, the game is fantastic! It features all of the side-quests the DS version has, even the secret Onion Knight job. Well worth the steep price tag, if I can ever get it working again…
finally! i could bring you anywhere i go my love FF!
Pricing? I would gladly pay $100 for an HD remake of my favorite, Final Fantasy 6 on android!
I wouldn’t go over $40 but that’s my favorite FF as well
Should have been Final Fantaxy VI PS Vita remake ported in Android. We all know Android and iOS sucks in gaming.
IMO, when its Final Fantasy, its gonna sell no matter the cost. So Square might as well make it ridiculously expensive.
Runs great and it’s pretty long! Haven’t had any problems as of yet.
I’ve played the ds version and loved it. Nice to have it on my note. $16 is nothing, and well worth it considering the game cost me around $40 when I bought it for the ds. Biggest downside so far is I can find the item duplication bug :-
it’s a good thing though, a game with less bugs that is
Great news, now i can take this to wherever i go and play it if i’m bored.
After 20 hours of gameplay in my Galaxy S III I started having problems. The game has frozen twice during battles. And the last time I had to restart the phone for it to work. After that, the screen size changed, ussually it used the whole screen, now there is a black gap on each side? Can someone help?