Final Fantasy III

Common Sense Media says

Pricey RPG delivers polish and depth of video game series.






What parents need to know

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.


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.


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


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

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.

Privacy & safety
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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

Social Studies

  • exploration


Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy

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.

Learning Approach

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 kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading comprehension

Social Studies

  • exploration


Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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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?


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
Release date:April 21, 2011
Category:Role Playing Games
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
Publisher:Square Enix
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySeptimus776 September 8, 2012

Great game, but not necessarily for learning


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