December 31, 1969
FF Tactics
A touch of nostalgia, novel and frustrating

Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions was first released for the PlayStation in 1997 and is such a beloved title that it recently made the cut to be included in the Smithsonian’s upcoming video games exhibition.

The turn-based play works with mobile, but its cinematic-cut scenes and inability to save mid-battle don’t work as well. And the game faces the problems of a big-screen game cut down to size. Choosing options in the game’s fussy ’90s-era menus gets a little frustrating with touch, as does trying to navigate around the battlefield with your finger. And the game is prone to graphical hiccups and slowdowns, particularly when casting spells. If truly good game play is what you’re after, you’re better off with the PlayStation Portable version.

 Overall, though, the novelty of having this piece of the past in your pocket is hard to pass up, even with the steep price. For the serious, nostalgic gamer, FF Tactics is worth it. For everyone else? Maybe not. $14.99, for iOS.

— Hayley Tsukayama

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