Parents' Guide to

Chrono Trigger

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

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

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

What would you do to time travel away from this cursed year 2020?

In 1995 this game made history in the SNES World. You are Chrono a mute boy teaming up with your friends to fight the boss Lavos several times, and it literary eats up your time. From a market to the future, a dreamy palace, End of Time and more. To beef up you and your friends you have to slash your way through reptiles, dinos, robotsasnd on. Now get this game on the net or market after this review if you still have your SNES or the many DS formats. In violence lots of fighting at the last parts very difficult as it´s an classic RPG, some saucy situations and at times eerie music and eerie places.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 9+

The Greatest JRPG of All Time

This game is a classic! I played this game when I was like 13 or 14. I was absolutely blown away at just how great the story and the music is. Even though this game is a really old game, it still stands the test of time as being one of the greatest and most well recognized RPGs of all time!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (12):

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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Release date: November 26, 2008
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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