Released in 1997 for the Sony Playstation, Final Fantasy VII is one of the most popular role playing video games of all time. The title received several ‘Game of the Year’ awards in 1997, and is perennially featured on ‘Top Video Games of All Time’ lists. Those longing to play the epic storyline once again are in luck – an official port of the game is now available on your iPhone and iPad.
Square Enix, the company responsible for the Final Fantasy franchise, announced at June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo that they would developing a remake of Final Fantasy VII for the Playstation 4. However, the title likely won’t be available for quite some time, so to hold fans over until the enhanced remake is released, Square Enix released an official port of the title for iOS devices. The game, which originally spanned 3 CD-ROM discs on the Playstation, is quite demanding on your phone’s hardware. The developers recommend an iPhone 5S or later, at least a 3rd generation iPad, or an iPad Mini 2 or later to run the game.
The port features a “simple and comfortable virtual controller designed not to obscure the action”. Users can also adjust the opacity of the controller in a configuration screen. The port also adds two new features to make game play more enjoyable – users can choose to turn enemy encounters off on the world and area maps, while still playing “event” battles, and users can also cheat with a “Max Stats” command, which makes the playable characters as powerful as can be.
The game isn’t available in the US App Store just yet, as the official release date is tomorrow. However, it can be found for $19.99 at New Zealand’s App Store immediately. If you can wait one more day to install the classic title, you should be able to access it at the US App Store tomorrow for $9.99.