Final Fantasy is one of the most popular gaming franchises ever. It’s been around since the ’80s and there are dozens of games in the series. As it turns out, a surprising number are on mobile. You can usually find Final Fantasy games in two dominant variants. There are mobile gachas like Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and console ports like Final Fantasy IV or Final Fantasy VI. Square Enix has historically done a good job with the series on mobile. Far better than anyone reasonably expected. However, it is a single franchise and it’s been a while since we had a nice, big Final Fantasy release that was actually good. Here are the best Final Fantasy games for Android.
The best Final Fantasy games for Android
Console ported Final Fantasy games
Price: $7.99-$20.99 each
Square Enix ported many of its console Final Fantasy games to mobile. That includes many from the main series. The options include Final Fantasy I, II, III, IV, VII, and IX. Additional options include Final Fantasy IV: The After Years and Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lion. The ports are all generally excellent. Some of the games even have new features and graphics. For instance, Final Fantasy IX has a fast-forward mode. The games can get rather expensive. However, you get the full experience with no advertising and no in-app purchases. We removed Final Fantasy V and VI from the list for now as Square Enix plans to release new versions of those games in 2021.
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Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia
Price: Free to play
Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia is one of the newer mobile Final Fantasy games. It has a lot of the same style as other freemium Final Fantasy games. You collect a cast of Final Fantasy characters from past and current games. The combat is turn by turn. Additionally, the game features online social mechanics, and a storyline to follow. It’s still new and it has a few bugs. However, those should get fixed as time goes. It’s an above-average free to play Final Fantasy title.
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
Price: Free to play
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is among the most popular mobile Final Fantasy games on mobile. The story revolves around two heroes trying to save the crystals. You can unlock various characters from other Final Fantasy games to aid you in your quest. The game features raid bosses, tons of levels, public events, PvP, and more. It also includes dungeons and towns for you to explore. It’s a free to play game, but it’s easily one of the best ones on mobile period. It’s very F2P friendly with favorable pull rates and absolutely tons of things to do. There isn’t a whole lot wrong with this one aside from it getting very repetitive eventually. The game has a spiritual sequel with FFBE: War of the Visions, a strategy RPG similar to War of the Lions.
Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition
Price: Free / Up to $19.99
Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is a decent overall game. It takes the major plot elements of the regular Final Fantasy XV and puts them in a mobile game. This isn’t nearly as big or as beautiful as the base game, but it tells the whole story. To make it all work, Square Enix made maps smaller and the graphics simpler than the console version of the game. This version takes place in chapters so you can buy each chapter as it comes or unlock the full game with a single in-app purchase. There is a mobile Final Fantasy XV game (Google Play link), but it’s not that good to be honest.
Final Fantasy Record Keeper
Price: Free to play
Final Fantasy Record Keeper is the definition of fan service. The game lets you recruit characters from various Final Fantasy games. You then play through scenarios from the older games. The premise is that you have to reset history to make sure everything happened as it was supposed to. The game also includes weekly events, various abilities and equipment to collect, and more. It’s another free to play Final Fantasy game. It’s a little more aggressive in its microtransaction strategy than Brave Exvius. That said, reliving those old game memories can be fun for many. We do wish they would optimize the UI a little more, though. The menu system isn’t great.
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