Theatrhythm Final Fantasy offers up a story that plays on the Chaos versus the goddess, Cosmos, theme that has become a go to for the most bizarre titles in the franchise over the years. The battle of light against the darkness begins when a beautiful crystal appears from the Rhythm that controls the music of the world. Apparently, Chaos isn't a fan of the amazing library of music from the Final Fantasy series, so the dark god curses the crystal in an attempt to destroy it and unbalance the universe. As warriors of the light, it will be your job to assemble a party of characters who will repair the crystal and restore balance by performing in rhythmic battles that follow along with the music of the chosen song. The game's storyline isn't nearly as complex or immersive as the storylines from the best Final Fantasy games, but the atmosphere and dialogue are lighthearted and fun to experience for any fan of the series.
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is a great game no matter what system you're playing on, but if we had to go for one over the other, we'd choose the Nintendo 3DS version. The game is a better deal on Nintendo's handheld that will typically cost you only $30 for a large library of songs compared to the free version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy on iOS that only comes with a couple of songs and a handful of characters to play with. Additional songs for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy cost $0.99 and characters are $1.99 a piece, meaning you could spend a lot more money for the same content when playing the game on iOS if you intend on playing with a lot of characters or purchasing song from the entire series. It's also disappointing for Event stages to be left out of the iOS version, although it is completely understandable why. However, the game possibly controls better on iOS with only the use of your fingers required, and the iPad offers the biggest screen around for enjoying the game. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy isn't for everyone, but the legions of Final Fantasy fans from over the last 25 years are sure to greatly enjoy this new title, and now, you have no reason not to own the game with its arrival on iOS. Check it out today!
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is now available from all major retailers and can be purchased for Nintendo 3DS and iOS. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is rated E by the ESRB for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes & Use of Tobacco. For more information on the game, check out the official Theatrhythm Final Fantasy website.
Developer: Indies Zero
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS & iOS (reviewed)
Release Date: July 3, 2012 for Nintendo 3DS & December 13, 2012 for iOS