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While there's no denying that Square Enix's Chaos Rings series is a decidedly un-revolutionary take on traditional JRPG's (Japanese RPG), that's like saying an Audi R8 is a decidedly un-revolutionary take on the supercar - it's still fantastic regardless. The Chaos Rings series is one of Square Enix's lesser-known franchises, but is without a doubt the company's most serious investment in mobile gaming at the moment. I've always thought of it as a test-bed for the first true "made for smartphone" Final Fantasy game (which still doesn't exist at this point).

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Chaos Rings II is the third title to bear the series' namesake, and it looks to be a significant step up from Chaos Rings and Chaos Rings: Omega both technically and visually. Square promises an all-new graphics rendering engine is in tow, and that change's effects are immediately noticeable - everything looks much better in this new game.

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There's also talk of a new "strategic battle system," though the screenshots still indicate the same basic paradigms from the first two games are in play, with the Solo, Pair, Escape, and Options... options still the four basic parts of the combat menu.

And yes, it's $16. While it's obvious a lot of work goes into the Chaos Rings titles, I couldn't help but feel the first two were a little short for the price. The idea is to go back and re-play the game with a different character and make different choices in the game, but really, that's a cop-out to inflate total gameplay hours required to explore "all content." Let's hope this new version is a little lengthier, given the large upfront investment. Or, you could just wait for it to inevitably go on sale in a few months, which is what I'll be doing.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • fixxmyhead

    16$ ? fuck that. i got the second one and that was pushing it at 4$

  • vvtim

    Almost a year after the release on iOS. Ouch.

    • http://twitter.com/EightRooks Matthew Lee

      Despite my main comment I did upvote this, because, well, much as I love Square Enix's mobile division I wish they could achieve release date parity. I'm not THAT bothered about the wait - a good game is still a good game, even twelve months on - but even though I'm happy they're still bringing these ports over and I'm willing to pay a premium I can't shake the feeling of "What exactly took you so long?". :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrmorrison Christian Morrison

    Damnit give us a FF 7,8 or 9 port and I'll gladly pay 20 bucks in a second. Chaos rings is too arcade-ish for my tastes. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005113204741 Andrew Smith

    Heres my loot

  • http://twitter.com/EightRooks Matthew Lee

    Screw all y'all - already bought this on iOS and I will happily double-dip at full price right now because honestly, it was one of the best games I played last year and easily beats every Final Fantasy bar Tactics, TA2 and XII. Other than an ending that was something of a damp squib this is easily, easily worth the money and all the people moaning "Eh, it might be worth 99c. Maaaybe" make baby Jesus cry. And I don't throw out comparisons to triple-A gaming lightly; this, to me, is way above the last few "proper" games I've been playing on PC (I'd rather pick this up again than ever go back to Tomb Raider, for starters). 20 hours plus of old-school JRPG action with absolutely gorgeous visuals and a plot that doesn't insult my intelligence for once - what more do you people want? (Oh, wait, you just want FFVI in hi-def. Over and over again. For 99c. FOREVER. Well, you have fun with that. :-P )

  • Matthew Fry

    What about Final Fantasy Dimensions? Isn't that a made for smartphone Final Fantasy?

    • http://profiles.google.com/gigastrash rad asds

      FF dimensions was on google play several months ago

      • Matthew Fry

        I was referring to this part of the article: "I've always thought of it as a test-bed for the first true "made for smartphone" Final Fantasy game (which still doesn't exist at this point)."

  • http://www.facebook.com/diamond.joss.3 Diamond Joss

    they still stick their arse with anime crap

  • http://profiles.google.com/gigastrash rad asds

    Square Enix makes high quality games unlike most other crappy android games

    FF dimensions is the best game I ever bought from google play. FFIII is the second best. Both games are expensive but both are worth the price.

    Also, FFIII for DS is still sold at $17 on amazon. What is wrong if Sqaure Enix sell it for same price for android or iOS ?

    I'm definitely going to buy Chaos Rings 2, from what I read it is better than other two Chaos Rings.

    And people who have problem with price, please go and play generic games like angry bird.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zach.davis.9085 Zach Davis

    I bought this today, and it will not load, I cannot get a refund, and the link to email Square for help is all in japanese. Basically, I just got robbed.