29
Oct
chronotiny

Now you're talking, Square Enix. After releasing Final Fantasy after Final Fantasy to Android, the RPG legend has gotten around to releasing everyone's favorite non-terminal adventure: Chrono Trigger! For the uninitiated, what's taking you so long? This game has been out since the Super NES and has been emulated to death! Heck, it's even available on the DS. You're out of excuses now, it's time to play.

Now Androis users can also experience the entire, time-spanning adventure. From 65 million B.C. to after the end of the world, the journey of Chrono, Lucca, Marle, and the entire cast of magical heroes is available for $10. The game is known to fans for having a wide variety of endings depending on how you play the game, the choices you make, and even how you initiate the final battle with Lavos, the ancient celestial god bent on destroying the planet.

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Even if you played this game back in its heyday, it's still worth playing again, since most of us never experienced even half of the endings that Chrono Trigger offers (the consensus is there are at least 13). In fact, one alternate finale was exclusive to the DS version. Maybe Square Enix added yet another here? Who knows?

Well, you will. Once you download the game. Here, I'll even give you a widget to help you out.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Jeremiah Rice

    Just so you know, dear readers, Eric's original title for this post was "HRRRRRNNNG Chrono Trigger Shut Up And Take My Money"

    • http://cyanogenmod.com/ ciwrl

      "Now Androis users" #corrections

  • http://twitter.com/cholepuree Jay Shah

    I love Chrono!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/flguillemette Francois Guillemette

    Bank account -= 10$

  • http://twitter.com/BroMonty Joe Montgomery

    $10? Widget and play store say $15.45.

    EDIT: Just App brain is saying that actually. Yeah, it's $10 on the Play store.

    • Michael Smith

      I'm seeing it for $15.45 in the play store.

  • Matthew Fry

    Queue the comments about emulators being free.... *sigh*

    • carbonated_turtle

      Hahaha, okay I guess you read my mind. But other than your ability to predict the obvious, do you have any reason why someone shouldn't just download the rom? I bought the SNES cartridge back in the 90s, and the PS1 combo disc a few years later. Why would I pay another $10 now for the exact same game?

  • mechapathy

    BONER!

  • http://twitter.com/alxalejandro393 Alex Esparza-Sandy

    This is awesome!

  • troph

    FAVORITE GAME EVER

  • Falconator

    According to play its the de version but optimized for Android...okay. I may bite...

    • http://twitter.com/BottleRocket_ BottleRocket

      Theres plenty of time to play it and get a refund so you might as well try it, but I was disappointed. It has the typical black borders that we've come to expect from SE games.

      • Cheeseball

        Chrono Trigger is a 2D sprite-based game.

        • http://twitter.com/BottleRocket_ BottleRocket

          What does that matter?

          • Cheeseball

            They have to keep the aspect ratio. You can't just stretch 2D sprites without ruining the graphics. All the previous versions of the game (PSX and DS) were 4:3. They would need to re-draw the backgrounds and sprites for 16:9 or similar widescreen resolutions.

          • http://twitter.com/BottleRocket_ BottleRocket

            They could always stretch it and use some smoothing techniques. Other developers have brought 4:3 games over to Android without a hitch.

          • Cheeseball

            Stretching 4:3 to 16:9 is the worst workaround, which usually results in an ugly-looking game altogether. Filtering is not going to help it much.

            Chrono Trigger is a huge game by console RPG standards, so recreating all the backgrounds and sprites is gonna cost a lot. Compare the different versions of Tales of Phantasia for SNES, PSX, and the PSP.

          • http://twitter.com/BottleRocket_ BottleRocket

            You make a good point there. It seems that other developers have made the investment in Android while Square is seeing what they can get out of Android.

  • Sugar

    4MB for SNES, 54MB for NDS, 587MB for iOS!!

    • carbonated_turtle

      Well that makes no sense. I'd understand if there were improved graphics, but how is there 583mb of extra content here? I'll stick to the rom.

      • Cheeseball

        Animated cutscenes.
        PSX-quality audio.

      • Oniros

        The iOS version had .ogg files for every single song on the game. The Android version as been optimized though. The apk+data is roughly 36MB.

    • Oniros

      It's says 36MB on the Play store. The apk is sitting at 20MB on my phone.

  • defred34

    I'm seeing as $15.07

  • Andy

    Now, does this work with unlocked phone? I hope Square Enix will be boot-unlocker friendly this time.

    • Oniros

      It works on my rooted Xperia Play, looks like Squeenix learned their lesson.

  • http://twitter.com/BottleRocket_ BottleRocket

    I love this game, but I wont give Square Enix anymore money until they start doing proper ports.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351131360 Jeremy Nichols

      Precisely!

  • http://profiles.google.com/jonbethea Jonathan Bethea

    Any reason to buy if i have the Snesoid version? i like the game only got half way through it last year before i lost my saves but 10$ when i already have it.

    • tony

      It's a port of the DS version, it looks like. Meaning it should have all of the PS1 and DS extras. The SNES version, while being the original, has the least content. I believe the PS1 version added animated cutscenes and the DS version had extra areas.

      • Oniros

        And it doesn't have the slowdowns of the PS1 version.

  • http://www.ellianth.com Ellianth

    I saw this last night when i was helping my friend find another game. I was wondering why no news site had said anything about it. I DISCOVERED SOMETHING FIRST FOR ONCE!! :p

  • PINJ

    Too Expensive. Anything Under 7 Bucks And I Would've Gotten It.

  • carbonated_turtle

    I don't want to take away from the awesomeness of this, but why would I pay 10 bucks for this when I could just play the SNES rom for free? This looks to be almost identical. Wasn't Final Fantasy at least graphically improved?

    • Cheeseball

      Adds the PSX version's animated cut-scenes.
      Better English translation.
      Additional Arena, Dimensional Vortex, and Lost Sanctum areas.
      Proper story that actually links the game to Chrono Cross.

      • carbonated_turtle

        Okay, that's not bad. But I'm still not sure if that's worth the price. I could still play the PSX rom if I really wanted to.

        • Cheeseball

          Just remember that this one has proper touchscreen controls akin to FF3. Unless you're using a BT controller, it'll be ass with FPSe/ePSXe's touchscreen control config. Also consider that the DS version is still $20 in most shops.

          • carbonated_turtle

            I agree that no emulator will play as smoothly as a properly ported version, it's just really tough justifying the price. I don't get why Square Enix feels their 20 year old games that have been slightly tweaked for touchscreens are worth 10x what the average game costs on Android.

          • Cheeseball

            Because this game, regardless of platform, IS worth that much.

            Chrono Trigger and other retro Square games are guaranteed to give 25+ hours of gameplay which is worth way over $10. Quality titles demand a premium price, even if they are old.

          • carbonated_turtle

            It's definitely one of the best 2D RPGs of all time, but still, 15 bucks? If you look at some of the free Tegra 3 games on the market, it's really tough to fork out that much for this one. I don't know, maybe I'm just being cheap, or maybe I don't love this game as much as I thought I did, but I just can't see spending that much money on it.

          • Cheeseball

            It depends on how "deep" the game is to see it's worth. AFAIK, all those Tegra 3 games (even the paid ones) lack the depth of a proper console game, and usually bank more on graphics than gameplay to sell.

          • Justin Swanson

            Also, it's only $10, not $15. Widget must be broken.

    • Oniros

      If you have a SNES copy go for it, otherwise it's just piracy. As simple as that.

  • Marcos Amano

    I can even play on my old Xperia X8. I'll definitely buy it!

  • b0b

    To the people wondering why should they buy this when they have the SNES roms... This one is actually touchscreen optimized, you don't have to click imaginary SNES joypad buttons to get somewhere... there's a significant difference, and real fans will pay lousy 10$ to play it.

  • Oniros

    I've been waiting for this forever! This is what sounded in my head when I read this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-s-VQBoUdc&fmt=18

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  • Joe

    Are there any new RPG games on Android that are at least Chrono Trigger
    level in quality? I already played this game so I'll pass.

    • joe charles

      Unfortunately I don't think there are any new rpgs available for any platform that is Chrono trigger level in overall quality. That's a pretty high bar imo.

  • Angie

    Hello, I love this game too! I have it on my Moto G phone, but now I'm having a lot of problem on catch that bloody rat! and really don't want to give up just for that rat, apparently I can't hold 3 button at the same time, so for me seems impossible running holding B button and then the A button to catch it. any ideas or suggestions please!?

    ps: sorry for any misspelling, english is not my first language

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