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28/2/2013 Final Fantasy VI Advance
First of all, let me start that beating this game proved wrong anyone who said that mobile phone is not fit for any gaming
other than casual one. I played almost 30h and everything was perfectly fine. (Ingame clock doesn't represent real time as I fast forwarded through a bit of the game. Also I got myself killed quite a few times) ***Achtung! Mild spoilers ahead!***
I can now clearly see why do some people consider it best game in FF series. VII is still better to me, but tastes differ. I really miss FMV sequences that VII has. Setting is standard JRPG one, but story are good, and well developed. I actually caught myself replaying portions of the game so no one gets left behind. Didn't have too much trouble as I overgrinded few times and as game has no scaling system I managed to fast forward through quite a few bosses. Dinos in Jurassic Park caused me more problems than most bosses. :D There are few issues with the game though, and some of them annoyed me more then others.
#1 Whoever came up with the bright idea that map is next to useless in 2nd part of the game should be shot on sight. I had no effing clue where am I going or what am I supposed to do. I ended up checking online map and walkhtroughs for details where am I supposed to go next. Including some sort of larger map with places names would be much better.
#2 Lack of scaling system, and ease of overgrinding. I overgrinded early in the game as I was getting my rear kicked and it ended up with using only healing magic for 3/4 of the game, and rest was mostly (overpowered) Ultima as it was practical to use it, even though I learnt all magics available.
#3 Why didn't they force me to rotate characters during game? Every time I needed more than one party, and especially when I needed 3 near the end I ended up looking at the screen in despair. Near the end I was forced to grind 8 characters for 20 levels so they can learn all healing magic and Ultima so they don't get their behinds kicked. It took me ~2 hours, AND IT WAS AT x4 FAST FORWARD. I can imagine the horror if I had to actually do it at real speed.
#4 How about some actual magic resistance. Casting instant-death that works in last part of the game pissed me off to no ends. If it stopped working for me 15 hours ago, why does it still work on me?
Also, I had problem with GFX corruption once it switched into quasi-3D, but I doubt this is design fault, more likely broken ROM or not 100% compatible emulator.
I managed to beat final boss from 1st try, with only 1 party member down, and he was knocked out by sudden-effing-death.
Cliffhanger at the end of the game that (according to intewebz) never got resolved is quite annoying too. Probably left for your own imagination though.
Should you play it? Yes! Go for it! Now! You just want to make sure you have emulator that supports save anywhere and fast forwarding as it makes it much more enjoyable as it allows skipping boring parts.
Extra note: I'm not sure if I'm able to play games without save anywhere or games that require some heavy grinding anymore. It's just too annoying and boring.
Attached bellow is screenshot of final save and 2nd file is beaten game save, in case someone wants do fiddle around. It needs it's extension changed to .sav. It's compatible with GameBoid, probably with some other emulators too. Extra note to anyone reading:
What should I play next? It has to be RPG as I can't control properly any action/driving/whatever games designed for joystick on touchscreen. It can be on any platform that can be emulated on Droid, and my testing says that newest thing that can be emulated is PS1. DOS can't be emulated properly on my phone btw.