Chrono Trigger

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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Old-school role-playing remake stands the test of time.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 10 reviews

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

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRaritysfans December 26, 2020

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... Continue reading
Adult Written bySave_Screen August 26, 2020

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... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLvl100uberpidgey January 8, 2010

All-time classic

Wait a sec... full of animated blood?! I thought this was a review for Chrono Trigger. Oh, hold on, it is. The battles are totally bloodless and the drinking... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 6, 2014

In my top three!

This wonderful game has stood the test of time. While the Nintendo DS version of this game may not be as memorable, classic, or over-all exhilarating as the ori... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? 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
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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