What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Final Fantasy III is an iPad port of the Nintendo DS remake of Final Fantasy III, with new touch controls and other visual enhancements. There is bloodless fantasy violence throughout, as players defeat various monsters using weapons and spells in turn-based battles. This is not a universal app; a separate version for iPhone and iPod Touch is also available for $15.99.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- reading comprehension
Thinking & Reasoning
Responsibility & Ethics
- making wise decisions
Engagement, Approach, Support
Fantasy-loving kids will be swept away by this gem of a role-playing game that works beautifully on the iPad and offers as much depth as anything on the Nintendo DS.
Kids learn by reading text and following clues, instructions, and tutorials. They can develop advanced strategies by observing enemies' weak points and customizing their characters to learn powerful spells and skills.
The game uses an easy and flexible control scheme, including a virtual directional pad that appears wherever the player presses on the screen and which adjusts for different-size hands and positions. Kids can replay a saved game.
What's it about?
Final Fantasy III is a role-playing game set in a fantasy world where players manage a party of characters using a combination of live-action and menu-driven gameplay. Players will explore a sprawling world map full of towns, dungeons, and interesting modes of transportation while engaging in turn-based battles to level up and earn coins to buy equipment and spells.
Is it any good?
While not as famous as other games in Square Enix's beloved Final Fantasy franchise, the remake of Final Fantasy III is a gem of a game that works beautifully on the iPad. Its fantasy storyline follows four Heroes of Light who are chosen to restore the balance of power to a land that has swung too far towards evil and is becoming overrun with monsters. The game also features an innovative jobs system that lets the four main characters switch between different professions to acquire unique skills, spells, and fighting techniques. The app is pricey but delivers a polished role-playing game with dozens of hours of gameplay and as much depth as anything on the Nintendo DS.
Families can talk about...
Connect the game's "jobs" system to real-life professions. What important skills must kids learn for different careers?
Explore other media in the fantasy genre with your child by watching films or reading novels together.