Alright, let’s get back to it. We still have plenty of Square Enix’s classics to detail on mobile, and I promise we’ll get to the non-Final Fantasy ones soon!


 

Final Fantasy VI

Hey, sometimes the Earth needs a good cry.

Above: Hey, sometimes the Earth needs a good cry.

Original platform: Super Nintendo (1994)

Mobile platforms: Android and iOS

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What it is: This version of Final Fantasy VI got the same treatment as V: new visuals with the features and translation from the Game Boy Advance version. Final Fantasy VI is also one of the most celebrated role-playing games in history, with a huge cast of memorable characters and an epic, emotional story.


 Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions

Any real RPG fan would salivate at all this potential organizing.

Above: Any real RPG fan would swoon at all of this potential organizing.

Image Credit: iTunes

Original platform: PlayStation (1997)

Mobile platforms: iOS

What it is: The original Final Fantasy Tactics is a spin-off of the main series that features turn-based strategy gameplay as opposed to the series’ more traditional role-playing game mechanics. It also uses a Job system similar to Final Fantasy V’s. The iOS version uses the improved graphics, cutscenes, and new jobs from the PSP remake.


 Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen

Looking pretty chosen right there.

Above: Looking pretty chosen right there.

Original platform: Nintendo Entertainment System (1990)

Mobile platforms: Android and iOS (the Android version is currently only available in Japan)

What it is: Dragon Quest IV features the classic turn-based gameplay found in most games in the series. It breaks up its story in different chapters, each one focusing on different characters, until they all come together in the end. The mobile versions uses the updated graphics and extra content originally created for the DS remake.


 Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Where the hell is the dragon?

Above: Where the hell is the dragon?

Image Credit: Kotaku

Original platform: PlayStation 2 (2004)

Mobile platforms: Android and iOS

What it is: Dragon Quest VIII was the series lone installment on the PlayStation 2. It features colorful, cel-shaded graphics while retaining the series random battles and turn-based fighting systems. The mobile version is largely similar to the original, but it has touchscreen controls. It does have a drawback — it only plays in portrait mode, which doesn’t do the gorgeous graphics widescreen justice.


 Secret of Mana

In no way related to the Secret of Monkey Island.

Above: In no way related to the Secret of Monkey Island.

Original platform: Super Nintendo (1993)

Mobile platforms: Android and iOS

What it is: Unlike the other games on this list, Secret of Mana is more action-based. Battles take place in real time instead of in turn-based environments, sometimes making it feel more like The Legend of Zelda than Final Fantasy. The iOS port is largely similar to the original, although it does add text originally cut from the English translation.


 Chrono Trigger

That thing looks like me after a Taco Bell run.

Above: That thing looks like me after a Taco Bell run.

Image Credit: iTunes

Original platform: Super Nintendo (1995)

Mobile platforms: iOS and Android

What it is: Chrono Trigger is right up there with Final Fantasy VI when it comes to classic 16-bit role-playing games. It features memorable characters, gorgeous music, and an exciting quest to save the world. Square Enix based the mobile version off of the DS release, which was largely similar to the original but with a slightly revised translation.

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