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Clear your schedule and charge up your Android device – there is another classic Final Fantasy game out on Android. Final Fantasy VI has arrived in Google Play for the customary $15.99 asking price, but for that lofty sum you get the game you remember from 1994 with a few mobile enhancements.

The interface and controls have been tweaked to be more playable on a touchscreen, and the graphics have been carefully recreated to take advantage of the power of modern hardware without losing the classic style of Final Fantasy VI. The gameplay and story will be exactly what you remember (or don't) from the mid-90s.

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As we move further along in the Final Fantasy lineage, the games are getting more sizable. This one clocks in at nearly 500MB, so make sure you have some space. Also keep in mind Square Enix is still, for whatever reason, blocking rooted devices.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • SkullOne

    Well I'll just play it on my laptop then with ZSNES. The hell with them and looking for rooted devices. Why do they care? It's not an online game and costs a pretty penny...

    • Mark Bailey

      they arent looking for rooted devices... they are doing something funky that having an ACTIVE xposed breaks. Disable xposed temporarily and it works.
      Same with ART - switch to Dalvik and it'll work (at least with the other FF games that have the same issue)

      • Jadephyre

        Why should we accomodate a developer when it should be the other way around? If one buys the game, then we have a certain right that the company does not put software blocks in place that render the game unplayable because we prefer to have our phones/tablets set up a certain way.

        • Mark Bailey

          You kinda accept that risk when you root and switch from stock dalvik to ART!
          Not saying they shouldnt fix, but youbjave to go out of your way to get your device in a state where the game is unplayable :-)

          • Jadephyre

            Oh, so in doing those few things I went "out of my way" to make apps deliberately not work? Funny then that all the other games and apps I have on my phone and tablet are working perfectly with ART, except the ones from Square since they are obviously so panicked about someone stealing their shitty little games.
            I could give less than a piss about it if it wasn't so deliberate on their part.

            Either accept that certain people will do certain things with their devices and adapt accordingly, or pull your shit from the Play Store and get lost.

    • Serge Cebrian

      i play on my nexus 7 with a bluetooth controler with snes9x ex

      i miss zsnes it should be on android !!

    • Cheeseball

      My U9200 and Tegra Note 7 are rooted and I'm not getting caught up in any of their games' startup check.

  • bungadudu

    Be carefull : if you use Xposed framework the game will not start!

    (same thing as with the recent launch of gta SA - the pirates will play the game without problems while the one who paid the game are blocked :-)) )

    • Mark Bailey

      Same with the other FF games too - disable Xposed (dont have to uninstall) and it should work...

      • Ivan Martinez

        sucks for those of us who use exchange bypass in xposed. we'd have to delete and re-do our whole exchange profile to take advantage of the bypass. as a result, i can only FF on my tablet (first world problems, but still)

        • Justin Swanson

          Not sure if you saw it, but someone reported that rootcloak will make it all better. I don't have any experience with that though, because I'm waiting for the FF6 sale in a few weeks ;)

      • Cat Astrophy

        RootCloak

        • Cheeseball

          I second this. Root Clock on Cydia MobileSubstrate works fine.

          • HomerSp

            Did you try this? I can't get it to work myself without disabling all of my xposed modules.

          • Cheeseball

            On my rooted Nexus 5 with Cydia MobileSubstrate and RootCloak enabled OR disabled, it (and other SE games) runs fine. Xposed is not installed here since I'm using MobileSubstrate.

            On my rooted Huawei U9200 with Xposed enabled, with certain modules disabled, it runs fine. I don't need to disable/uninstall Xposed itself.

  • Malcolm Williams

    And one more til 7 :)

    • Matthew Fry

      They've weighed in on that IIRC. It's too big for mobile still.

      • http://www.lukeharper.co.uk/ Luke Harper

        If GTA San Andreas can be on mobile FF7 can be.

        • Matthew Fry

          My personal guess is that it's not the *size* so much as the fact that it's a multi disc psx game.

          • http://www.lukeharper.co.uk/ Luke Harper

            Well it had PC version where you install the discs and a recent digital download version with one install. I'd call it just an excuse with no technical backing.

          • Matthew Fry

            There's lots of possible technical issues. For example:
            1) The digital version might be a wrapper around the old 4 disc version which I ran on a Athlon K6-2/3DFX Voodoo Banshee. It's old. It's totally possible they've never directly touched the FF7 code base in 17 years, only wrapped it. The minimum requirements certainly don't match.
            2) It uses DirectX and Android doesn't have DirectX, only OpenGLES.
            3) It's written in an incompatible language with Android or has no virtual machine for Android.
            4) 1-6 have updated parts of the game. If they do this with FF7, it probably has an order of magnitude more art assets.

          • http://www.lukeharper.co.uk/ Luke Harper

            Apologies I thought the original ran OpenGL/DirectX like many games did at the time.

            It would make sense if they did do a wrapper as that would deal with the many compatibility issues people faced especially with the rendered cutscenes on modern operating systems.

            I believe Eidos worked on the PC version originally I guess as you state they would probably need to re-approach this entirely maybe even completely redo it as they had with their DS remakes, as the original code may just not be simple to copy across.

            I'm sure Square know what they are doing as it would essentially be a money printing app, it does feel sometimes though they have a strong disconnect from what their audience wants as other Japanese developers / publishers are in a similar mentality I feel.

          • Matthew Fry

            You are correct that Eidos did the PC version (but that shouldn't be a problem since... well they own Eidos).
            The DS has its own eccentricities that you wouldn't have to deal with on Android, thankfully, but switching architectures isn't easy. Devs are able to do simultaneous releases now because of engines, like Unity, doing all the heavy lifting.
            Squeenix seems to be really reticent about rereleasing FF7... maybe they hate it internally :-P

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Stop defending Square Enix already. Rockstar managed to port all 3D GTA games of PS2 era to iOS and Android, SE can manage to do the same

          • Pal

            It's funny how the game runs perfectly via emulator then. Remember Xperia Play? It's a shame that it didn't take off, because it would have been playable on Android years ago.

          • Twilightlicous

            There's a PC Version, silly. And it's only like 2GB. If they didnt bring it to android it would just be laziness.

            EDIT: It could also not come to Android because they would expect to sell it for 40$+

          • Marcell Lévai

            Yup, there's the point.

          • Cheeseball

            That doesn't make sense when the PC re-release was only $9.99.

          • Lumi

            And $4+ if you bought it at the right time during a Steam sale.

          • Matthew Fry

            If it took two clicks to make old PC games into Android games, everyone would be doing it.

          • MarkS

            Should be about $9, but with the same blocky 3D graphics.. >.<

            If they remake FF7 game with modern graphics like in advent children movie, I'm sure they will release first on Vita/PS3/PS4, with $50+ price range.

          • Keg Man

            yep. gonna cost too much especially since they cost too much now

      • Cat Astrophy

        lol it's emulated just fine...i've already played 7-9 on my Note 3...and emulation requires more power

        • Lumi

          How hot did your battery get and how long did it take before the battery died? (And no controller?)

      • Marcell Lévai

        I've played through FF VII on my Galaxy S (!). Sure, the size could be a problem, but I think today technology can already easily solve it. They only have to come up with a way to improve and reduce the size of textures, etc. It's not as difficult as many would think.

      • Alberto

        "Phones won't be able to contain the space it takes. It's over a gigabyte"

        ...

        • Marcell Lévai

          I guess they haven't seen any Gameloft games yet :D

        • Matthew Fry

          Could be a language barrier and he means over a GB in RAM. Still should be ok with 2-3GB devices.

          • Alberto

            Oh, OK, if he's talking about RAM is more understandable

          • David Hart

            I'm pretty sure the PS1 had like less than 8MB of RAM..
            The only issues are money/time/code (in that order)

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Proves that SE are just lazy, GTA SA weighs about 2.4GB, FF7 should be approx. the same size

        • Lumi

          Probably they just don't want to dig up the old assets and code. It was their first 3D game, maybe it was all spaghetti and they don't even want to think about getting it cleaned up.

      • Negafox

        The bulk of the size of Final Fantasy VII was the cutscenes. Given the low resolution, low polygon cut and small textures used in the cutscenes since it is a game from the 1990s, Square could easily heavily reduce the game's size by using modern video compression.

    • Deacon Blues

      Best FF ever.

  • wolfkabal

    I just attempted playing this the other night through emulator on my N5, was too small and didn't like the controls (touch). I'll just continue to play it on my original SNES, thanks.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Final Fantasy VII - my Nexus is ready

    • Cat Astrophy

      It's been ready. ePSXe

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Well, that's an option, yeah, but I'd like to see SE actually port FF7 to mobile.
        They have to, now that FF1-6 are there.

        I'm just hoping that SE doesn't drop making FF for mobile now, since they've been staying away from remake for the home consoles for so long now

        • Justin Swanson

          They still have FFT that they need to bring over to Android from iOS... I'm still hopeful they will

      • Pal

        FPse is superior on Android.

  • http://www.binarytuberculosis.com BinaryTB

    I can't keep track of how many games I would have purchased if they incorporated cloud saves. Being able to play on my phone and then tablet whenever I want? Perfect!

    • letsplaaay

      Have you checked out FolderSync?? If not, you should immediately.

  • Jadephyre

    So if I buy it I can't play it due to using a custom ROM... Square Enix shouldn't get their knickers in a twist about rooted devices. Only die-hard fans of theirs will buy the games for the hilariously expensive prices they're aksing.

    • butlerpcnet

      Blocking root devices? They're practically begging anyone with a rooted device to just use an SNES emulator and not pay them. Thanks Square Enix!

  • Francois Roy

    Why the HELL did they change the characters sprites&!&!&@?@#

    • Oniros

      They keep looking worse and worse with each release. This and FF V should have been made on the 3DS. :'(

  • Cesar

    Call me when they release FFIX.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Ok, they've GOT to do FF7 now! I wish they'd incorporate MOGA support though...

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    Avoid like the plague - that's my own recommendation.
    For $15, you get to play a 20 year old game with worse graphics that the original, at least FF4 was the DS version so the $15 is actually reasonable...here though - gg Square, I'll stick with my $1 emulator and superior SNES version.

    • Twilightlicous

      But thats illegal, unless you rip your own cartridge :P And anyone who says they do that is a LIAR.

      • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

        You'll never see a person go to jail for owning NES/SNES/Genesis ROMs mostly for the fact that it's been over 20 years and by now they're simply a form of abandonware.
        My logic - you cant buy a SNES cartridge so "pirating" one has no negative effects on anything.

        • MarkS

          Maybe if you buy this Android version, you get license from square to play any FFVI on your phone, including emulator..

          :P

          • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

            Nah, I bought the SNES version back in the day [and I still have it in my nostalgia room lol], that is more than enough to count for a license ^_^

      • Cuvis

        I have a FF3 cartridge in my closet. Come at me bro.

    • Cheeseball

      The SNES release (US 3 and JPN 6) is actually the inferior version since it doesn't have the new music player, Espers, increased difficulty, endless dungeon, bestiary guide, etc.

      The graphics are subjective, but IMO they would've looked better if they didn't apply a 2xSai interpolation on the sprites.

      • Justin Swanson

        So emulate the PSX variant :P

        • Cheeseball

          It's not widescreen and the load times are horrendous even when played with an ISO.

          And I think you mean the GBA version because that's the one with all those mentioned features, but with worse graphics and music than this Android port (off-color sprites, blander palette, monaural audio).

          • Pal

            I think this remake is a disgrace, in terms of graphics. It's missing the charm of the original, it's a photocopy of a fax to me.

          • Cheeseball

            It's the sprite filtering that they enabled so it won't look pixelated on higher resolution screens. They should've kept the remade sprites as they are so won't look blurry. The Amano portraits are a plus though, since they're the original artwork for FFVI anyways.

    • Cody Shiranai

      Or stick with your GBA Emulator and play the even more superior GBA version that fixes all the glitches, bad localization (like "Fenix Down" instead of "Phoenix Down") and adds new 6 Esper Magicites and new dungeons to go through and new items.

      • Pal

        It wasn't exactly shoddy localization, it was a character limit that prevented the proper spelling. This is also why "Chrono" is "Crono".

    • dlzero

      Get the hacked GBA ROM. It's got the original soundtrack patched in over the shitty GBA tunes, and the more iconic lines (Son of a submariner!) Have been added back in, along with various bug fixes.

  • Mayoo

    Still no cloud saves? Can someone confirm?

    SE doesn't seem to like those. And I agree with them. Why continue your 20h game on your tablet when you can start a new one ...

  • Randy

    The wait continues for the Instant Purchase of Final Fantasy VII

  • Cat Astrophy

    Will the newly released RootCloak work to bypass?

    • Cheeseball

      Yes, but remember that it uses Cydia MobileSubstrate and not Xposed anymore.

      • Cat Astrophy

        I added the app to RootCloak, rebooted, and still any time I launch the app nothing happens (doesn't launch, you can see the app in the app switcher but when you tap on it nothing happens).

        • Cheeseball

          Weird, mine launches fine. In fact, I don't even need to have RootCloak enabled (as I said in previous replies on this post) to run the game.

          Do you have other MobileSubstrate tweaks enabled?

  • Alberto

    They're blocking rooted devices? So if you're rooted you can install a pirated patched version of the game but you can't actually buy it? O......K

    • Marcell Lévai

      You CAN buy it, you just can't play it. IF you don't use RootCloak.

      EDIT: Others say that only XPosed seems to make a problem so if you don't use it or disable it temporarily, you should be fine.

    • Dan

      They aren't blocking root. They're doing something funky in their code that doesn't behave well with active Xposed. It's obnoxious and we shouldn't have to do it but if you use Xposed and modules, just go into the Xposed app, disable your modules (uncheck them), reboot, and you're good to go. It's not a problem with root in and of itself, it just doesn't play nicely with an active Xposed. Some people say you need to uninstall Xposed framework. I have not found that necessary - just need to disable all modules. The nice thing is once I re-enable them all of my settings stay in tact, like Gravitybox. It's an inconvenience for sure, but certainly not the end of the world. Still, Square should fix this but I know they won't. All the FF games have this problem unfortunately.

    • Alberto

      Just to clarify and avoid more negatives coming my way: I'm not endorsing piracy, I haven't downloaded the game, but a friend of mine sideloaded all FF games to this point on a rooted device and had no problems at all, and after reading "Also keep in mind Square Enix is still, for whatever reason, blocking rooted devices" I found it a shame that Square Enix would block root and promote piracy of their games.

  • maroon1

    WHen they are going to release FF tactics to android ?

    They released it in japan like 1 year ago, but it is not available in any other region

    • Dan

      I wish they'd fix Chrono Trigger (love Tactics too though, would love to play that)! It doesn't work on 4.3 or above.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Probably after FFIX

  • Paul

    Why this game is only for Android 3.2+ is beyond me. FFIII was a way more advanced port than this one, and it ran on 2.3+

  • Say

    They should fix Chrono Trigger instead of releasing "new" games..

  • meelyg

    One. Step. Closer

  • NeoMagus

    Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 v2 there are black bars on the sides of the screen while playing.. like it doesn't support widescreen or something. Final Fantasy IV and After Years looked great so don't know what happened with this one, I sent support an email maybe in a future patch no reason the graphics shouldn't fill the screen

  • Ben

    My Nexus 7 is rooted and it runs fine

  • Lumi

    Think I'm getting tired of all these remakes. The only SE thing I'm going to buy in the near future is going to be Bravely Default and THAT'S IT.

  • iDroiD

    Nobody's waiting for FF8??

    I am!

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    Just to clarify, for the uninitiated, this is the game that was released as Final Fantasy III on the SNES here in the US.

  • TimmyP

    Anyone who has ever been a fan of the snes classic will absolutely fall in love with this. The graphics are COMPLETELY REDONE, as in REDRAWN at a higher resolution. Every little detail is redone, they don't lie when they say "painstakingly" in the description. Add to that: they were redone by the original creator (from what I hear).

    This is the definitive version, it absolutely preserves everything great about the original, but the graphics and controls are phenomenal.

  • TimmyP

    Since you delete my posts. Let it be known that this is game rocks. Best SE game on phone and finally a non ds port. Graphics are completely redrawn, completely different.

    Also your report is false, I have a rooted phone and paid for it. It plays fine.

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

    Insanely bad decision not to truly remake it, this is, by far, the best Final Fantasy. People who born in the 3D graphics era tend to praise FF7 (which is one of the best FF ever), but in plot quality terms, complexity, character variety... Final Fantasy VI is without doubt the best ever made. Too bad they went for the easy work, which is leaving it with those old graphics.

  • HomerSp

    Hey guys, I made a Cydia Substrate module that should make it possible to play this, and other Final Fantasy games while using Xposed (and Cydia).

    Simply install the Substrate app from here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.saurik.substrate, link the files, and install my module from here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11494687/Android/SquarePatch.apk. Reboot and you should now be able to use any Xposed modules you want while still being able to play the game!

    You may be wondering why a Cydia module is required, well Xposed doesn't allow you to override native functions (C/C++ functions), which is required for this to work.

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