28
Jun
final fantasy 3

Final Fantasy III, whose previously old-school fanbase has become somewhat more mobile over the past few years, has made it to the final frontier of smartphone/tablet gaming at long last: the Play Store. The game is available now - but before you get too excited, take a good, hard look at that $16 price tag.

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For those not familiar with the title, Square Enix's classic RPG sees four youngsters chosen by fate (OK, a crystal) to save the world from all sorts of evil wild beasts. As should be apparent from the screenshots, the Android version has held on to the sexy 3D graphics added to the game in 2006 - plus, Enix claims that there are "new and improved 3D visuals and story sequences" exclusive to Android. Nice.

Is it nice enough to succeed in the Play Store with a $16 price tag, though? That's questionable, especially considering Android users' tendency to drift toward free, ad-supported games. Still, the graphics are undeniably pretty, and for fans of the series, this is a must.

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    Oh god. For that price I'd rather get an emulator and some ROMs...

    • RampageDeluxe

      Well there are no proper DS emulators. Just dont buy it instead of stealing it. Id rather encourage Square Enix to bring more and better games to Android. 

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

    I bet this will go on sale after a couple weeks of failing to sell more than 500 copies.

    • Bossmonkey

      yeah I got tired of getting screwed buying a game when it first came out only to see a few weeks later it was 50% off. I wait now.

    • Sumatori-kun

      Owned. It already sold more than 30,000 copies.

      • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

        Indeed! I'm glad I only bet virtual bragging points! ;-)

  • Michael

    I woudl completely play this, if it wasn't so expensive

  • Bret Williams

    I paid 39.99 for this game on the DS a few years ago. $16 isn't bad for a high quality game you can put some serious time into.

    • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan

      The problem here is that I still have my DS and for most people $16 for an Android game seems a little steep considering that other ports/games sells for $10 or less.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kam.w.siu Kam Siu

        i havent played any sort of video games in a long time since my OLD OLD Gameboy v1, so it's nice that they're bring this game back. especially consider these days all the games from Gameloft are pretty disappointing and tedious after a while. 

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      Same. I paid close to $40 to own this fantastic game on my DS Phat. $16 is a GREAT price for this game (with even better graphics than the DS version!).

  • The Guy

    To be honest I will download and install torrent instead of buying such ridiculously expensive game. I'd be stupid to let the bastards think that ripping us off is going to be clever.

    • NexusKoolaid

      The only Fantasy I see here is their thinking the product will sell at this price.  It may be a good game, but there are arguably better titles available for a lot less.  I for one won't resort to torrent - they can price it sensibly or I'll simply forget about it and move on without a second thought.

      • http://www.facebook.com/zosxavius Zos Xavius

        I bought it. I had the DS version, but never beat it. In fact I never got all that far. I hope they port more DS games over if this one is any indication. Its very quality. I always liked FF3. On NES it was really a masterpiece compared to the preview two with a huge world and a very long quest. The DS game was like 35 new. I don't think 16 is a big deal. Unless it doesn't work on your device lol.

  • nexus-1-n-done

    I'd pay that kind of money for 7 but not for 3.  Not that it's a bad game, I just already have it on like every other gaming device I own.

  • Joey Simeroth

    The price is a little higher than I'd like it to be, but come on guys... this is a great game and I've paid far more for it on other systems in the past. The early Final Fantasy games have definitely stood the test of time and offer an incredible amount of play time. Android has a lot of great games that cost very little money, we're getting a little spoiled. If you don't think it's worth it, there are plenty of other games to choose from.

  • MobileGamer

    At this price, you'd think it's Xperia Play optimized... Square, square, square :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/kam.w.siu Kam Siu

    wow one of my favorite RPG series of all time...i might really consider this :)

  • Palmer Nyako

    Square Enix needs to know their place and start pricing their games accordingly.
    And of course, they wont do that if idiots keep buying their rip off games.

    • Jasopan

       That's true; but don't SE have to set the prices BEFORE 'idiots' rip them off?

  • Goldenpins

    The price isnt the bigger issue, makes me wonder once they start adding games like FF6 or 10 what price they'll charge? seems alot for a mobile game that still looks old.

  • 27yearold

    I think this is a must get. The game doesn't have rom equivallent and it has been reworked quite nicely. final fantasy games are the most polished and well done rpg's ever, so they aren't your typical android/iphone games and should cost more. it's an insult to ask them to have it this low already.

  • RampageDeluxe

    I downloaded this to try it and refund it, but my wifi went down moments before I was to refund it. Now I own this game for $16. I don't regret it at all. Its very well done. 

  • Cody Shiranai

    I'm very sure that's just the DS version with SLIGHTLY upped resolution and full touchscreen only interface (versus the DS which had touchscreen and buttons).  Incidentally, you could buy the DS versus cheap now for probably 10 and have the benefits of the buttons (and PAR codes for when the game ramps up its difficulty unfairly and you get pissed at the arrogant thing).

    • Ildar M

      no, this is much higher resolution

  • patapongirl

    I'd buy if it's $6 or less even though I don't really play games on my phone.

  • Its my name

    umm I like dead space

  • http://www.facebook.com/StrykerGT Guillermo Hernandez

    Just FYI this is the real Final Fantasy 3. The Final Fantasy 3 the we played on the SNES is Final Fantasy 6 on the series.

  • Not enough minerals

    heck no. i'd rather play it on an snes emulator with classic graphics

  • Chris

    Any1 know if this has controller/tactile key support (tf prime)?

  • Matt

    Some of you guys are a stingy.  $15 is a lot?  This is a 30+ hour RPG that retailed for $40 when it came out on the DS and now you can play it on your PHONE.  That is awesome and worth 15.

    • petrochemicals

      Yep, and it recouped it funds and made a profit and then some with it's original release and sale for the DS. So yes six years ago this game was worth the $40 it sold for.

      What most people are complaining about is that whatever the cost was to port this DS game to Android does not warrant a $16 price tag on the Google Play store. No matter how you look at it, this is a port of a six year old game that is just a 3D re-skinned version of a 22 year old game with just as old gaming mechanics. It is just not worth $16.

      • http://www.facebook.com/zosxavius Zos Xavius

        Its a great port of a great nes game, and the android port is even better with higher resolution graphics. 16 dollars well spent. If you don't want it, don't buy it. I don't think whining is the answer. Could you imagine FFT on Tablets? I'd spend a couple of bucks for some FFT. Square has done a slew of ports for a long time. I don't think this is unusual or priced all that high. $10 would be better, but who knows, maybe they will play with pricing and find a lower price that sells more?

      • http://www.facebook.com/zosxavius Zos Xavius

        I gotta admit, the gta3 port was pretty sweet @ $5.

  • Sumatori-kun

    $16 might be a bit steep, but considering this is a full-length JRPG (don't give me some Zenonia/Illusia KRPG bullshit) with a great story, it may be worth the price to fans of the genre. The biggest differences from the DS version (I also have the iOS version) would be the high resolution textures, implementation of anti-aliasing, remastered soundtrack (WAY better than the DS version), touch screen controls, and changes in certain quests.

    For me though, $10 would be more appropriate.

  • siypion

    The're using this game as a test for whats to come...
    the reason i say this is, lets say this game was "Crisis Core" (the psp game) and was ported to Android and was priced at $5.99~7.99  (witch is a good price point to start with) i don't think any one would be mad at that.

    so in short SQUARE ENIX Please Port P$P games please!.......
    (locoroco, patapon, <--not SE but a Sony game lol woud be nice to)

  • Jeff

    Most people don't realize the old SNES final fantasy we played Back in the day weren't numBered correctly (the Japanese releases were all numBered in sequence). This is a great game and I would happily pay this much for it. Final Fantasy games made the genre popular guys... But if you'd prefer to get an emu, play with 16-Bit graphics, and play a completely different game than this (SNES FF3) than go ahead. True fans will love this game, I have it and it is worth every penny. Folks today just think everything should Be handed to them for next to nothing or Better yet nothing at all. When I was growing up we had to actually pay for our games, or just not play them.