Parents' Guide to

Final Fantasy IX

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sprawling, retro role-playing game with hefty size, price.

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Must-Play for fans of the genre

The app's price makes FFIX on mobile a much more viable option for playing this than spending potentially $40 on a 4 disc PS1 game, that's potentially hard to find. The game's main plot lasts over 30 hours or so, with several additional sidequests for stretching gameplay out further (friendly creatures, Ragtime Mouse, Mognet, etc.). The game isn't hard, every character has a set class, which simplifies item management. Additionally, new abilities are learned through items, and can be permanently fixed to the appropriate character by meeting the AP requirement, which is done by winning battles.
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Though fans of the series might be excited to play on mobile devices, the technical glitches, price, and size are definite drawbacks. The most glaring issue is the background graphics. Though characters were upgraded for the modern release, the backgrounds were left as-is, and their blurry pixels are hard to look at. Remaking all the backgrounds in such a huge game was no doubt impractical (or technologically impossible), but during combat, the game stutters and drags to a distracting degree, and the fun suffers because of it. The touchscreen controls are equally imperfect: The good news is, the developer has included a series of cheats you can use when things get too irritating, and they let you speed up combat by skipping combat intros. Funny and quirky, the characters and the classically convoluted story line are still charming. Good and bad being nearly equal, your enjoyment of the game depends largely on having a tolerance for technical clunkiness or fond memories of the PlayStation version.

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