Parents' Guide to

World of Final Fantasy

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Amazing RPG with mild violence, realistic relationships.

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As game series age, they sometimes lose younger audiences who don't have a history with earlier releases and aren't familiar with their deep and expanding lore. World of Final Fantasy cleverly attempts to court these players. It offers a cute, cartoonish aesthetic that most kids will immediately fall in love with while introducing them to literally dozens of the franchise's most beloved characters in a way that doesn't require them to have any knowledge of their histories in previous games. (All the returning characters exist separately in this world and aren't connected with the other versions of themselves). Meanwhile, slightly older players are almost certain to enjoy the nostalgia of seeing characters they grew up with, but in a new light and in novel situations.

Players both young and old are bound to have fun with combat and exploration. Battles mix Pokémon-style mirage collection and evolution with classic turn-based RPG action. Each mirage has different attacks, experience levels, and boosts to various stats, so there's plenty of strategy involved in figuring out which ones to take into battle. More than that, some mirages can learn special abilities -- such as "flutter," which will let winged monsters fly and carry the heroes across gaps -- to access hard-to-reach areas in certain dungeons. As the game progresses, the maze-like dungeons end up becoming just as challenging and satisfying to navigate as the combat that takes place within them. Regardless of player age or experience with the series, World of Final Fantasy should make for an entertaining and gratifyingly lengthy adventure.

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