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By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Charming, gorgeous, yet incomplete adventure.

Game Apple Arcade 2021
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While made by the creator of a classic and beloved role-playing game franchise, this gorgeous game is just doesn't do enough to make it stand out from games like it. Fantasian doesn't stray far from Final Fantasy's roots and uses very familiar mechanics. It does tweak those just enough, though, to make the game more inviting to a mainstream audience, adding spells and weapons that attack multiple enemies, for instance. The game's story is ... well, underwhelming -- but it's not really a title that's about the story. It's more about exploring the worlds, which are especially gorgeous thanks to a handmade diorama background that was photographed to create the in-game locations.

The problem is that while it's visually charming and eye-catching, there's nothing really new here. The game doesn't break new ground -- and the one it walks on is fairly well trodden, especially by its creator's long-term work on these kinds of experiences. The cutscenes are fairly painful to watch and from time to time, the difficulty of battles spikes noticeably. More frustrating, though, is this is only the first part of a two-part game -- one that doesn't have a defined release date stated. That means that people who get sucked in to this adventure will have to wait for quite some time to see how it ends. Fantasian's an approachable game, but not one that will necessarily draw in casual fans.

Game Details

  • Platform: Apple Arcade
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Mistwalker Corp.
  • Release date: April 8, 2021
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: May 20, 2021

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