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Final Fantasy III

Pricey RPG delivers polish and depth of video game series.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn reading skills like comprehension and how to follow directions as they play this dialogue-heavy role-playing game (RPG). Players will have to read the in-game text carefully for clues about what to do next, and the game's story and characters are a big part of its appeal. Kids will also make important decisions such as how to equip each character, which items to purchase, whether to attack or defend in battle, which spells to cast, and so on. Kids can learn strategy and reading comprehension skills in this underrated entry in the Final Fantasy series.

Ease of play

The game uses an easy and flexible control scheme. Characters are moved through the world using a virtual directional pad that appears wherever the player presses on the screen, adjusting for different sized hands and positions. Players tap to interact with menus, and can pinch the screen to zoom in slightly and discover hidden treasures.

Violence

Players earn experience points by defeating monsters in turn-based combat using spells and weapons such as swords, axes, and bows. Enemies disappear when defeated and there is no blood. A woman jumps off a cliff and characters are shown striking each other in the cutscenes.

Sex

Some characters are scantily clad, including cleavage and bare midriffs on females, and bare chests on males.

Language

One of the enemies is called a "helldiver," but otherwise the game is free of language issues.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional references to drinking and what look like liquor bottles on tables, but it's never explicitly stated that the drinks are alcoholic.

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.

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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?

QUALITY

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions, reading comprehension
Social Studies: exploration
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy
Responsibility & Ethics: making wise decisions
Price:$16.99
Release date:April 21, 2011
Category:Role Playing Games
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
Publisher:Square Enix
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Teen, 15 years old Written byLucan1010 November 2, 2015

Little-known RPG masterpiece is fine for most kids.

Violence: constant but very mild fantasy violence in battle against enemies. A few deaths of supporting (not main) characters may upset younger children, but again, are rendered very mildly. The "mild blood" in the rating refers to one enemy who has a red stain on the tip of their sword. Language: One enemy is called hell-diver but there's not swearing in the game. Sex: Mild romance between characters (mostly married couples). A few female characters show mild cleavage, but it's no worse than what your kid sees at the beach (in fact it's probably milder). The biggest concern however is the final boss. It take on the form of a female, and appears to be a topless women coming out of a portal from the wast up. While you never actually see any nudity (otherwise this wouldn't be an E-10 game!!!) it does appear to be undressed. While this game is mild and kid-appropriate, it can be very difficult at times and is only recommended for patient players who are willing to put anywhere from 30-70 hours into a game.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written bySeptimus776 September 8, 2012

Great game, but not necessarily for learning