Over the years, the Final Fantasy franchise has grown right alongside its fans, occasionally putting forth some more kid-friendly offerings, especially in its spin-offs. Chobobo's Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy!, an HD remake of the Wii Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon, is one of those friendly games. With its colorful and cartoonish style, as well as an irresistibly adorable star, the game has a look and feel that's inviting for all ages. But while it's inviting to younger fans, how long they choose to stay will depend on their patience. Make no mistake: The game can be punishingly difficult. This can make progress feel extra rewarding, but it can also frustrate younger or less hardcore RPG (role-playing game) fans to the point of wanting to just move on to something else.
For those willing to stick it out through the challenge, Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy! has a lot to offer. While the plot might leave you scratching your head from time to time, it's still a cute tale of adventure, compassion, and even a bit of redemption. It's also easy to navigate and control. In fact, if not for the random nature of the dungeons coupled with the harsh difficulty spikes, the game would be a near perfect introduction for younger gamers to the role-playing genre. One new feature that's sure to make things easier is the "buddy system." This time around, Chocobo can actually make friends with many of the monsters he faces, eventually recruiting them to aid him in his escapades. Having a little extra backup while traversing the dungeons is great, but the option of handing control of the buddy to a real-life friend for couch co-op is even better. Playing with a friend and sharing the adventure, while splitting the frustration, is fantastic. Final Fantasy has always brought characters together to face evil, and Every Buddy! brings that feeling of cooperation over to the real world in fun fashion.