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Fans of classic Squaresoft RPGs have had a smorgasbord on the Google Play Store as of late, but it's all been remakes and re-releases. The first "new" Final Fantasy game to come to the platform (unless you count some of the simple stuff like Final Fantasy All The Bravest, which you shouldn't) is Final Fantast IV: The After Years. It's a sequel to the old FFIV (from 1991) released for Japanese mobile market in 2008 before making it to the Wii in 2011.

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Since it was originally released as a series of downloads, The After Years is split up into ten playable chapters, four in the main story and six side stories. The game has been given a full 3D makeover not unlike the Nintendo DS re-releases, and of course it's got full touchscreen support. Final Fantasy veterans will want to know that the The After Years utilizes the active time battle system, with additional quirks provided by lunar phases and full-party attacks.

Square Enix has a high opinion of its titles, and The After Years is no exception: the price comes in at a whopping $15.99. That said, this might actually be worth it for hardcore Square fans, especially if they enjoyed the original FFIV (which is also available on Android). The new title uses Google Game support for achievements. Unfortunately it doesn't work with ART in Android 4.4; if you're on KitKat, enable the default runtime before starting.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • ivn888

    fuck square enix! 16 $?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

    This will eventually go on sale for $10.99. It won't happen for a while, but I don't think I've seen a Square Enix game that hasn't had a sale at least once.

    $16 is a bit high, but I don't really mind something in the ballpark of $10 when I trust there is a lot of content. Plus, I loved the original game, so I'm looking forward to seeing a continuation of the storyline. In a strange way, I'm disappointed this doesn't have the classic graphics.

    • ScottColbert

      Christmas. They've had a sale every year.

    • Paul

      Better $ 16 upfront instead of IAP packs which go for as much as $99.

      • Lumi

        Or as much as your credit card limit.

    • Matthew Fry

      Can't wait. I'll definitely be picking it up (and probably FFVI since I've not played that one yet).

  • Vyrlokar

    Seems like you forgot Final Fantasy Dimensions...

    I'm a HUGE Final Fantasy 4 fan, and if this game ever gets discounted, I'm picking it (I picked Dimensions when it was half off, and don't regret it one bit). Square needs to understand that mobile games should not be priced so high...

    • Mit10

      And why shouldn't they? If this exact same game came out for DS it would have been 40 bucks. This is a steal, comparatively, and the lower profit margins of games has gotta be one of the things keeping high profile games with large budgets and production values from coming to mobile platforms. Square has made it work with prices that are still less than half of 3DS/Vita games, but provides similar quality and value as games on those platforms. They should be commended for their diligent support of mobile platforms and I for one consider them a brave pioneer amongst many stubborn production studios who only spend money on 3DS/Vita games while ignoring mobile platforms or only producing low budget titles for them.

      • Justin Swanson

        Thank you for bringing up a sane argument. These aren't your standard play for 1hr mobile games, these are fully fledged games.

        With that said, I'll still wait for the sale :P

        • Paul

          Totally agree. For that money you can play till you drop (or got a caffeine infusion to your veins). Because.... tell me how long you can play games with IAP's like EA's latest Dungeon Keeper when you spend $16 there.

        • AD1980

          It's a 20 year old game. Let's not forget that. Their asking price may be worthwhile if it was new content, but the fact of the matter is it's likely older than many of the people on this thread.

          • Justin Swanson

            Fair point but if the game were released on PSP/DS it would still be ~$30-40. What's games like this go for on the Xbox marketplace/PSN?

          • AD1980

            Don't know, but personally, I don't really care. I don't find phone/tablets make very good gaming devices due to the lack of actual buttons. I'd pay significantly more for a DS/XBox version than a version on a phone because I value it more.
            I doubt they could make a mobile game that I would spend that much on.

      • jbox

        Good point.
        Square did a great job with this 2013 FF:AY remake. I hope other newer FF (7-12) will get the same treatment.

        • Gabernasher

          When they release 7 I'll gladly pay them $16.

      • Emulators + Android = Win

        But difference is on the DS you aren't forced to be online to play the game, it works fine whether you are online or offline.

  • Primalxconvoy

    If companies want to charge a higher price, then they need to provide a higher service. This means making it gamepad compatible, having a high compatibility rate with most devices, etc and providing a demo.

    Then I'd start to buy them.

    Anyway, i hope this comes out for ouya.

    • Gabernasher

      Square tends to optimize their games to the max for touch. Looks at some of the other titles, quite a few purchases.

      • Primalxconvoy

        Which is precisely why I'm not buying them. Also i don't think they've optimised them for touch. FF3 merely used a virtual joystick. What they should have done was allow us to touch where to go on the screen instead of running around with a joystick.

  • http://www.alainalemany.com/ Alain Alemany Arana

    Call me crazy, but Final Fantasy saga worth that price. If not, then how no one come up with something THAT good?

    • Emulators + Android = Win

      The price would be justified if you aren't forced to be online just to play it.

      • http://www.alainalemany.com/ Alain Alemany Arana

        Wait... this game requires you to be online? Why?

        • Cheeseball

          Nope. It's just the initial first-time online verification. As long as you don't clear the App Data, you don't need to be online to continue playing.

          • http://www.alainalemany.com/ Alain Alemany Arana

            That's how they do always. Emulators + Android is totally wrong.

          • Emulators + Android = Win

            I'm speaking from experience since it pissed me off that even after first time verification I can't play unless i'm fucking online.

          • Cheeseball

            Something is wrong with your device(s) then.

  • Julio M

    That title gave me a headache.

    • jbox

      which one, the 'After Years 22 Years After' ?
      :D

      • Julio M

        Yes!

    • jjrudey

      Yeah, I'm not sure why they always use initial caps.

    • Labella

      This is one game i won't be buying. try porting FF7 retards then i'll buy your shite :)

  • Jadephyre

    I don't like the Final Fantasy games, but i'm always amazed at how ballsy Square gets with their pricing.

    • mustbepbs

      Agreed. As someone who loves the FF games, their pricing is rather arrogant. Obviously it's working as they've priced their games the same for years.

      • Jadephyre

        Well, to be quite frank: Why lower the prices when there' still enough people out there willing to shell out the money.
        Apple works the same way you know...

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    • Emulators + Android = Win

      Lets not forget about their always online DRM for a single player game.

      • Jadephyre

        Come again? Are they pullin' a Steam/Origin/UPlay on us now???

        • Emulators + Android = Win

          From experience all of their FF games released on Android require an internet connection to play but doesn't offer anything for being online at all.

          That pissed my off so I went and got a NES and SNES emulator and played them that way on my phone.

  • Kent Andersen

    Still waiting for the day when you do a article on FF7 coming to android.....that is the day i call in sick and re-live 8th grade.

    • NBM

      If you have a device >4.5" , you should get fpse or epsxe and just run the PSX version. I think either one of those programs will enhance it graphically, potentially quite a bit (or you can use custom shaders if you choose)... Mobile FFIX (fav) is an amazing thing

    • Francois Roy

      Nope; when it'll come, you'll be whinning about it's 19.99 price tag..

      • Kent Andersen

        No way. Huge fan of final fantasy. Already purchased the others.

  • Mike S.

    I hate Japanese games. Especially JRPG's, all the characters look the same.

    • Emulators + Android = Win

      I hate American games. Especially WRPG's, all the characters look the same.

      • Mike S.

        Cool

  • randpost

    I'll wait to till they have a sale for half price and add it to my FF android collection. Price is to rich for me at 15.00.

  • Emulators + Android = Win

    Lets now forget the always online DRM that is required to play a single player game.

    • Cheeseball

      First-run activation only. After that, no need to be online.

      • Emulators + Android = Win

        Nope from experience even after first run it refuses to run unless i'm connected to wifi.

        • Cheeseball

          Then that's a problem with the configuration of your device. I can play FF III, FF IV, FFV, and Chrono Trigger without having cellular data and/or WiFi enabled. This is on an Alcatel OT-995, Huawei Ascend P1, Nexus 7 2013 and Tegra Note 7.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php android.emu

            Well this is on a rooted S3 i9300 as well as 2012 Nexus 7 running Slimbean 4.3.1 and I had no issues running other apps.

          • Cheeseball

            Do you have any apps that automatically clear cache? Configure them to avoid clearing the Square games. The reason why it needs you to be online is so it can download the license data. Once it's done that, you don't need to be online anymore to run.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php android.emu

            I have tasker set up to clear it everytime i restart my phone, I guess i need to redo that.

          • Cheeseball

            Yup, I use Tasker to do that too, but I prevent it from clearing certain apps, like MX Player Pro, GMMP, Terraria and the Square games because I know they utilize licenses.

  • Nightfall

    Oh no. "It doesn't work with ART" is going to be a thing now...

  • Angel

    They should update their previously released games like Chrono Trigger that will no not work since 4.2. Once 4.3 update came out, the game does not even launch! $15.00 I would expect a game to always be up to date and for them to ensure one of their games to always work.

    • Clayton Ginther

      THIS! This has pissed me off forever. Not only have they completely stopped the production of future games in this series, they shamed the original chrono trigger on android. Personally, i think the Chrono series is much better than the FF series.

      • Emulators + Android = Win

        Just play the PS1, NDS or SNES version on an emulator the experience is better and no always online DRM is present.

  • Micheal White

    I bought FFIII and that's it. Paying that much for a 22 y/o game is stupid.

  • Joe Kartawidjaja

    The only one of your final fantasy series I love is FF7. I'd buy that.

  • Phil nyc

    I like how people complain that 15 dollars is a lot of money.

    I've bought almost all the android ports of Final Fantasy games, they are updated, run fine, most have updated features...

    Final fantasy three was basically unobtainable for me until the android version, and I wanted to play it since the 90s.

    The final fantasy four remake was very good, added 3d graphics and abilities not in the original game...

    With all the features they add to these games, they are almost new games in their own right, and will take hours and hours to complete. If you buy them it sends a message to square enix to maybe give us a new version of Final fantasy 7 that everybody wants.

    Final fantasy 6, my favorite game if the series, it's coming soon.

    Stop being tightwas, 15 dollars is chump change. Work a few extra hours at your job if it's really a lot of money, or get a job that 15 dollars ain't break your wallet...

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