Parents' Guide to

Final Fantasy Explorers

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Portable adventure suffers from repetition, camera glitches.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2016
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This portable role-playing game is enjoyable, mainly if you happen to be a huge Final Fantasy fan. Though not as much fun, unique, or polished as similar titles such as the Monster Hunter games, Final Fantasy Explorers is a lengthy and deep adventure that really shines when played cooperatively with others. With its big maps, multiple quests, and dozens of weapons and items, there's a lot to like about this combat-heavy RPG: Controls are easy to pick up (despite some camera issues); you get many upgradable jobs such as Dark Knight or Time Mage (which gives it some customizability and purpose); and some challenging boss enemies require both brains and brawn to take down. Combat is gratifying with your monster friends such as Ifrit and Bahamut, such as when you unleash a special attack to obliterate enemies you didn't think would be so easy to defeat, and when you grab loot before moving on. Character cameos and other nods to Final Fantasy will be a treat for fans (Chocobo, anyone?). But repetition kicks in after a dozen or so quests, which is the biggest problem with this game. After closing the lid on the Nintendo 3DS to pause the action, you won't always feel compelled to open it again to continue. Plus, customization options run deep but might prove more work than some people want. Though Final Fantasy Explorers is a solid B-grade title that's definitely better when played with friends, it's $40, so you might think twice about buying in if you're not a major fan.

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