Square Enix has been chugging through its Final Fantasy back-catalogue pretty quickly over the last few years, and while it still hasn’t brought us the much-anticipated mobile port of Final Fantasy VII, today Square brings us the very first Playstation Final Fantasy port, Final Fantasy IX. (For the record, Tactics was also a PS game, but the port was based off the PSP version.)
Originally released back in 2000, the latest FF port takes place in a world called Gaia, though no, not the same world as the Gaia in FF7. For those that never experienced it, not going to spoil the story for you, though I will tell you the story features a unique cast to say the least including Zidane (a mischievous thief of sorts), a princess, and six other characters. While not nearly as dear to my heart as FF7 or the NES/SNES era Final Fantasy entries, I admit this is still one of my own personal favorites and look forward to giving it a go.
As for changes made to the mobile version? The port sticks mostly to the original, though there are some changes to let you get through the story quicker (like we’ve seen in other FF ports), an auto-save feature, and some of the video and character models have been altered slightly for today’s higher-resolution displays. Obviously, the port also features touchscreen integration, though the ability to use a more traditional controller remains.
Final Fantasy IX is available right now through the Play Store, and in usual Square Enix fashion, is priced for a pretty penny at $16.99 – which is supposedly a 20% sale price, so expect it to go up even further a bit later.
It’s also worth mentioning that you better have a bunch of room at the ready, as this port takes up 4GB free space. It also requires Android 4.1 or higher.