Final Fantasy IX

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Sprawling, retro role-playing game with hefty size, price.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The slightly clunky touchscreen controls are balanced out by auto-combat mode and built-in cheats.


Combat galore, but wholly fanciful and entirely non-bloody.


Characters discuss going on dates and "liking" each other. There are a couple of scantily clad female guards, and one adult character is turned into a frog for having an affair.


Occasional use of "what the hell" and "dammit."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters go into pubs where alcohol is served and use potions to achieve various effects.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Final Fantasy IX is a fantasy role-playing game from the popular franchise that contains cartoon violence (no blood), occasional mild curse words such as "hell" and "damn," a few scantily clad characters, and characters talking of affairs and dating each other. Gameplay can be somewhat difficult to understand for younger children, and some of the characters can be downright scary. Note that the download file is unusually large and takes up a big chunk of room on your tablet. The easy-to-read privacy policy details the kinds of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLance_Taco November 24, 2017

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... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byNemar October 22, 2020

AMAZING RPG but not the best version

This game is amazing. But the original versions are better. This version has constant frame issues and other stuff.
Teen, 14 years old Written byVideo Game Fan November 27, 2019

One of the best FF games

This game is amazing. It has a great story, great characters, etc. It reverts back to the classic style of Final Fantasy. Nothing too bad in this game. The only... Continue reading

What's it about?

FINAL FANTASY IX is set on Gaia, a fantasy world made up of many diverse cultures. It starts with a gang of thieves set out to kidnap a princess (who unexpectedly wants to be kidnapped) and goes on to chronicle a multifaceted tale of political intrigue, friendship, and war. Its complex turn-based combat system takes time to absorb but allows players to think before they act. Players can upgrade a party of adventurers, explore different lands, and collect and craft weapons and armor. Relatively faithful to the PlayStation game (which was released in 2000), it shows its age graphically but does a reasonable job of conveying the original experience.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in the Final Fantasy games. What kind of violence is it? How does it differ from violence in other games or in movies?

  • Discuss why the characters are portrayed as they are. Which characters are the most appealing? Why? Do the male and female characters have different abilities?

  • Talk about the use of alcohol and potions in the game. Is it a main focus? Why is it included? Does the game make substance use seem realistic?

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