Chrono Trigger

Common Sense Media says

Old-school role-playing remake stands the test of time.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Your teammate characters all are on side of good, but the evil characters tend toward the dark side, especially Lavos.


The battles are full of animated blood and there are swords and weapons, too. But it all tends toward the cartoon-y, not the ultra-realistic. In the opening animated scene, a giant snake is cut in half resulting in brief blood sprays.


There are some mild sexual themes, more flirting than anything else.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There's some use of alcohol use, where characters' speech will become slurred after imbibing.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a very deep game that requires a lot of patience to complete (like all role-playing games). There's some violence and animated blood when players participate in combat using swords and lightning bolts. Characters compete in drinking contest and will appear drunk thereafter.

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What's it about?

Hands down, CHRONO TRIGGER was one of the best Super Nintendo games of 1995, a memorable, dreamy standout even today. Perhaps that's why Square Enix decided to remake the lauded 2D role playing game for the handheld DS system. The engaging story revolves around Chrono, one of seven characters from different eons, who travels through time to save his friend. But he finds a silvery, two-fcaed monster called Lavos, who seeks to devastate the world. It's up to Chrono and his pals to stop this evildoer.

Truly a gamer's game, you can play as it was originally made (SNES mode where you use buttons and the D-pad) or with its upgrades in the DS mode (where you use the touchscreen). The action with your animated sprites happens on the top screen. On the bottom, you tap various rectangular buttons quickly to choose your attacks and magic spells. Here, too, you'll see your status, health, power, etc. You can also get a gang of up to four people together via local wireless play to enjoy a fighting game in which you raise and battle your own monster.

Is it any good?


It's difficult to outline all of the features present that make the game as good as it was back in the day. But the highlights include a unique battle system: You can't fight monsters until you're all charged up. Spells include combos that border on being awesome to witness. And even though this is played on a tiny screen, the music, story, and graphics create moods of lightness and happiness, of tension and foreboding.

But wait; there's more. The Dimensional Vortex features an ever-changing series of dungeons that transport you through three time periods. Near the end, you'll enter The Lost Sanctum where you'll go on more missions through time to find and collect new treasures. Over a dozen endings, numerous sub-quests, quirky monsters, and the wireless play make Chrono Trigger a must buy, certainly for those who've never enjoyed it before. But be aware that it's $10 more than the average DS game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to travel to the future and to the past. If you could travel to the past, would there be anything you'd like to change? Why or why not?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Square Enix
Release date:November 26, 2008
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:E10+ for Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol (Nintendo DS)

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Kid, 10 years old February 28, 2011

A amazing game for kids 9 and up.

i do things on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 means none 10 means lots. Violence 4 just a tiny bit of blood in the opening scene Sex 2 just a little flirting Drinking 3 you can tell some characters are a somewhat drunk Hope I helped bye.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byMetropolisforever December 7, 2009

Timeless Classic; Perhaps the Best Game Ever Made

"Chrono Trigger" is perhaps the most perfectly-realized video game ever conceived. It's easy to learn how to play, yet impossible to master and always challenging. There is a complex, interwoven story, yet it's never confusing and always completely engrossing. The cast is filled with odd, diverse characters, yet they are never annoying and always fascinating and likable. Filled with epic battles (never violent and mostly implied, if that's what you were concerned about), a compelling story, filled with drama, action, humor, romance, and wonderful characters, a massive range of areas to explore (in multiple time periods!), hundreds of enemies to face, tons of missions to complete, puzzles to solve, allies to gain, items to find, and battles to fight, Chrono Trigger as as good as it gets. It combines strategy, action, storytelling, puzzles, decision-making, and fun in a way that no game before or after has ever managed to top. Even those who hate RPGs with a passion are guaranteed to love this absolute masterpiece of a game. Recommended for everyone who can read and play video games; contains mild (mostly implied) violence and some harmless, playful sexual innuendo (young children will not understand). The best game ever made? Could be!
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Adult Written bynduns May 21, 2009

Full of animated blood?

What are you talking about, CS? Do you even pay attention to half the stuff you review? Really... anyway, this is truly one of the best rpgs of all time no matter what system it's on.


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