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English version of Final Fantasy III finally hits Google Play, available for $15.99

July 2, 2012

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!