If You’re A Fan Of Final Fantasy V, You Might Dig Final Fantasy Dimensions

By Spencer . June 7, 2012 . 1:46am


While Final Fantasy looks more like an action movie with each installment, Final Fantasy Dimensions is a throwback to the series’ 16-bit glory days and it’s made by Final Fantasy IV designer Takashi Tokita. Final Fantasy Dimensions has a new story about two groups of warriors, but the E3 demo only let me play as the Light Warriors.


Final Fantasy Dimensions uses the job system from Final Fantasy V and all of the basic jobs: Knight, White Mage, Black Mage, Monk, Thief, Red Mage, and Summoner were unlocked. The game also has more jobs for the Light and Dark characters. Since all of the characters were maxed out I decimated enemies using powerful spells like Comet (a black magic attack) and summoning Diablos. "Yeah, this is kind of like classic Final Fantasy," I thought as I watched Odin glide across the screen.


About the screen… Final Fantasy Dimensions doesn’t have same level of Square Enix polish when it comes to presentation. I’m not talking about the sprites, which certainly have their charm. It’s the interface. When you tap the screen to move your character on the map a GIANT icon with four arrow pops up. The battle menus look slapped on too.



But, if you have a hankering for classic Final Fantasy and miss the job system Final Fantasy Dimensions might satiate you when it comes to iOS and Android this summer.


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  • RadShiro

    Wow…this sounds amazing.


  • Ty Arnold

    This sounds better than any Final Fantasy made in the last ten years.

  • puchinri

    Huh. That’s awesome. Hopefully they’ll make some kind of downloadable version for portable and/or home consoles.

  • It would be nice if they makes the battle menu more artistic or good to looks at. :)

    • Speedo Redempteur

      it would be nice if you could custom that battle menu like in ff6,7

  • Do you think part of the interface issue could be blamed on the iPad’s super high resolution? Maybe it’ll look better on smaller phone screens?

    I can’t wait for this game regardless of how it looks though.

    Edit: Has it been said anywhere if the game will be split into several episodes like the original or if they’re being combined into one package?

    • Ah, good point.  Forgot the menu would be designed for touch, so of course it looks blocky/chunky.  

  • iOS ??? Why???

    • ‘cuz they have the belief that these sort of games just wont do on their home consoles or handhelds. . .

      or, and this is a stretch; they are lazy, and don’t want to put out games like these where they would need to put more effort into pitching to the public. It’s just easier to slap a game on iOS and let it sell over time.

      • Morricane

         Not to mention that you don’t need to invest as much (= more profit…whatever…), and in Japan pretty much *everyone* has an iPhone anyway…I guess there’s no bigger potential customer base. Which of course makes a lot of sense to those white collar guys who usually run businesses.

  • Personally, this is the only kind of final fantasy I enjoy so I’m loving this :D

  • Shiloh Emerald

    Really hope its on Vita or on something downloadable other than phones and pads.

  • SupaPhly

    they could have at least released it on the 3ds eshop and psn for vita, but noooo lets release it for the angry birds crowd

    • Hemppa

      Eventual 3DS port seems likely, but I guess you never know of these Japanese companies.

  • I’m so excited that this is coming out here but if I may voice a concern: Why did they feel the need to ‘update’ the graphics? Half of the game’s charm was it’s 16-bit look. Now with the increased resolution everything just looks… off. The same way that After Years shouldn’t have been updated in Complete Collection. These games aren’t meant to get a half-assed face lift.

    • Tony F.

       Actually I did love The After Years to be ‘updated’ like FFIV.

  • Omikuji

    Ohhh there is so much want. I can hardly wait for this to come out as I have been itching for another classic FF style game with classes or ‘pick your party’ style like FFIV:AYs was. Sure the inter phase is a bit… odd to look at, and I hope you can downsize it. But that’s rather a small nitpick. 

  • I hope SE has some plans for FFV’s 20th Anniversary come this December.

    •  I’d hope they would actually remake it for the 3DS

  • Rollersnake

    It looks like a RPG Maker game.

  • Horrible mish-mash of an art style, looks terrible.

    • I feel like just changing the menu scheme will help a lot. It’s so incredibly blocky. Why not add that white border to take a step closer to Final Fantasyish?

  • Tom_Phoenix

    While it’s great that iPhone owners will be able to experience a classic Final Fantasy experience, handhelds would benefit from having this kind of title as well (albeit with slightly better production values; that artstyle really is extremely bland).

    Then again, I suppose Bravely Default: Flying Fairy already fills that spot.

    • ShinGundam

       That is 2D FF for you, I don’t know why FF fans expect 2D FF to be a showcase.

      Hint: Prerendered FF will always be superior. ;(

    • If if if Bravely Default comes here, which I sincerely, desperately hope it does.  

  • LustEnvy

    Put it on the Vita for cheap, and I’m sold. 

  • Vampiric

    I think the game is probably a highlight of a sea of published mobile shovelware

  • Speedo Redempteur

    OK , why not square ..this might be fun ( as ff5 is my favorite FF ever )

    BUT …
    Do a Android or vita version and i’ll follow if it’s correctly priced

    • creid8

      The article mentions that there’s going to be an Android version.

      • Testsubject909

        Problem solved… for Speedo Redempteur. The rest of us though…

  • MAO

    While this game sounds kinda promising, the graphics are just bad. Hopefully it’s fun to play though.
    BTW it looks like FFIII will be coming out for PSP on September 20 in Japan. Unfortunately, it isn’t a 2D remake like FFIVCC. Why you like to make me sad Square Enix? :(

  • Jirin

    iOS, huh?

    My bus rides just got less boring.

  • Rogerrmark

    People disliking this only prove that the fanbase just like to whine about everything.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Yep. If they make a game for the consoles people complain they’re too confused on graphics and that its a movie. If they make something like this, its too outdated and a RPG Maker game.

    • Testsubject909

      The fanbase doesn’t have a unified front you know?

      We’re split in a multitude of factions within with no unification abound because of the fact that Final Fantasy has undergone massive changes across the ages.
      The classical year Final Fantasies, 1 to 6, were all still well within a balance of magical fantasy, medieval settings and technological wonder. It’s an interesting thing to think about but when I thought back on it, it felt that FF6 ending with a farewell to magic in the world seemed… oddly suiting for the coming events.

      FF7 heralded a new age of Final Fantasy. While Final Fantasy always did focus on a lot of presentation, it also had a fairly straightforward though memorable story with it’s own complexities within. FF7 started a new trend with more convoluted story elements, extended twists and various other troubles that, while yes can make for a very entertaining and complex story, also opens up greater risks at being full of plotholes or inconsistencies, of which FF7 and later Final Fantasies have been filled with, which puts to question the abilities of the writers for these games.

      Gameplay wise though, like it’s predecessors, it does experiment and push forward new ideas, but with the shift on setting as well, having a balance that leans far more towards higher technological advancement with magic infused as opposed to magic infused with technological wonder. (There’s a big difference, it basically determines the base from which it is built), it gains an entirely different appeal, even if it is compatible with it’s previous appeal.

      I’ll stop here since you can pretty much guess that just going forward is going to be a lot of talk about how Final Fantasy has changed in it’s core while simultaneously remaining true to a part of it’s nature.

      It’s no wonder that the fanbase is so diverse and so split. And as such, any statement like “People doing (Action) only proves that the fanbase will whine about anything” is pretty damn obvious.

      Go retro, and the fans who came in at the dawn of the greater focus on FMVs and whatnot will complain. Go full blown presentation high end graphic whoring galore and the retro fans will complain. And it’s not just a segregation between new and old fans, within these factions are further camps and individual groups with differing desires because of vastly different themes within latter Final Fantasies. And within the older Final Fantasies, we’ve got some troubles that doesn’t really come up that often. Typically though, it’s either an annoyance towards FF4, or an annoyance with FF6 as some people feel it’s overblown.

      • SupaPhly

        same thing could be said about the Sonic fanbase

        • Testsubject909

          “Die game! You don’t belong in this world!”

          “It was not by my hand that I am once again given code. I was called here by… fans who wish to pay me tribute!”

          “Tribute!?! You steal fan’s hopes and ruin your series!”

          “Perhaps the same could be said of all franchises…”

          “Your words are as empty as your soul! Fans ill needs a sequel such as you!”

          “What is a fan? A miserable little pile of comments. But enough talk! Have at you!”

          And for references sake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z65s0fqDw4

          edit: On a side note. On the sonic fanbase, they’re in a slightly different predicament.

          There’s one additional problem to them and the idea of creating a spiritual successor which would be an entirely new franchise as an impossibility. Sonic. He’s central to it after all. The gameplay is a definitive part of it yes, but Sonic is also an important part as well.

          Really the best way would probably be via Sonic Generation. Make two Sonics. The tall, 3D, can’t stop talking, Sonic. And the small, pudgy, doesn’t talk at all Sonic.

          And from there have two different Sonic franchises aiming at different goals. 3D Action Platforming experimentation and 2D Fast paced Action Platforming.

          • SupaPhly

             haha thanks for making my day

          • Testsubject909


    • Ryos

      I’m thrilled if nothing else because they’re bringing it to Android so I’ll actually get to play one of their mobile games for once. :P

  • boundries_san

    This does looks fun too play.^^ especially as i am retro lover lol.^^

    Well 1 more thing to DL for my Iphone here.^^

  • Corey Letcher

    put this on the 3ds or vita and it will be a good start on a apology for ff13 and 14 SquareEnix

  • Final Fantasy V is my second fav FF game, so I am obviously excited for this. Bring it on, SE! :D

    • Testsubject909

      Don’t forget.

      For this game, you’ll need either an iPhone, an Android Smartphone, an iPad or a Tablet.

      Just making sure you didn’t accidentally skip that vital piece of info.

  • Was psyched until I read the last line: for android and iOS.  I have an I-pod touch and a little 7 inch Android tablet, but I just do not like gaming on them.  Maybe this will be different?  Probably not…

    • Testsubject909

      I’m guessing the huge clunky menus is to facilitate the use of touch controls…

      So, it’ll play well, but the presentation will suffer for it.

    • CirnoLakes

       I’ve heard that there are iOS and Android emulators out there. Though I have no idea which ones are the best.

      If I got a recommendation, I’d try them out myself.

      • Ah, cool.  Thanks for the info, didn’t even know those existed.  

  • Revorse

    This is pretty cool. I’ve always wanted an RPG to play on my Android. Some to pass a few minutes of boredom

  • kamikki

    FFV is up there with II, III and VIII as my most disliked Final Fantasys. Reason? Annoying gameplay.

    • Morricane

       Reason: basically no story :)

  • V is one of my favorite Final Fantasies, behind VI and IX. I love job systems and being able to mix and match skills. The only thing that’s keeping me from being incredibly hyped over this game is the fact that it’s iOS and Android only. I have an Android phone, but I really dislike touch-screen gaming. This would be awesome with a controller. :l

  • Menu… looks like crap. >_> Other than that it’d be awesome… so how about porting it to something that doesn’t suck for games (i.e a real console) I refuse to play this on my iDevice. :/ The menus are just too crap. Oh well thanks anyway SE I appreciate the sentiment, but it just falls flat. Trying bringing over Type-0 too that would be great. Thanks.

  • How many more “throwbacks” does this genre need?

    • Testsubject909

      And why should it be considered a throwback? It’s a core part of what makes Final Fantasy… well… FANTASY! It really shouldn’t be considered to be an archaic concept as to make a classical medieval fantasy adventure that intermixes with high end technology. It should be the norm.

      Huh? What? Oh, they mean throwback as in throwback to older 16 bit gaming and presentation?Ah… Well, that’s only vaguely different. And possibly impossible since even during that era, turn based RPGs were going through constant changes and tweaks, as such any sort of proper throwback would need to push innovation forward while remaining within the limitations of the past and…

      Huh? Oh, coffee…

      Sorry, I have a hard time making coherent thoughts when I’m feeling groggy.

  • That first screen is a visual nightmare.  One sprite is pixellated while the others are not, the background looks like pixel art on a smaller scale, the text is smooth and anti-aliased, making it clash with everything else and also lending to the extremely RPG Maker-looking windows and menus.

    Square, what happened?  You used to be the kings of presentation.  This looks like a grade schooler’s RM project.  :/

    • Testsubject909

      Actually I’m wondering if it was made with RPGmaker…

      Nothing against the program mind you. I’ve played some good games made with RPGmaker. Hell, I played a good sidescrolling shooter made with RPGmaker…

      But yeah.

      • Morricane

         I thought “this looks like RPG Maker” too…:D

      • I have nothing against RM either, when it’s used well.  This looks like the dark corners of the RM community, tho, where you see screenshots of a project and go “oh wow that looks like crap.”

        Nothing matches.  Nothing.  The battle screen’s a bit better, but in that first shot, absolutely nothing fits in with anything else.

        Also imo the high-res sprite style here is kinda ugly in general. :/  But that’s fairly subjective.

  • Jonathan Keycross

    It´s good news they´re planning to release this on the west, will this be the full game or also through episodic releases?

  • Honestly, what I’d want if you’re going to bring something like FFV to the table is a 4P online/local co-op extravaganza using the job system.  Expand on it, make a great story, make some good music to go along with it and I guarantee you it would sell.

    Unless I am completely out of touch with people and ‘throwback’ ideas.

  • CirnoLakes

     Looks like the type of thing I wanted to see again.

    Too bad it is for platforms I don’t use much of. Can anyone point me in the direction of the best emulator?

  • Theofratus ‘Geese’ Lester

    You had me at Final Fantasy V…

  • i’d love to play this on my android, but stupid google doesn’t accept any kind of payment except for credit cards, and i do not want to get one only to buy apps. <.<

  • Göran Isacson

     Out of curiosity- does this game exist in Japan already, or is it something completely new? I think there was some kind of Final Fantasy-ish game developed by Square for the iOS that WASN’T The After Years and this could be the localization… or am I totally wrong here?

  • scratchbach

    FFV is my absolute favorite Final Fantasy. As such, I’m reasonably excited for this. And by reasonably, I mean incredibly.

  • This game is Final Fantasy Gaiden: Warriors of Light and Darkness. Spencer, you might want to add that to the article.

    • Testsubject909

      You know… That sounds like that could’ve just been a straight up remake of Final Fantasy 3.

      In FF3, there were stories of the fabled Warriors of Darkness who restored balance. Add to this an updated job system basing yourself off of later FF games, updated graphics and well… You’ve got all the ingredients for a Final Fantasy 3 remake.

  • shadesofcerulean

    This is a touch-screen game, isn’t it? ..That might be why interface was left blocky and plain…. They’ve shown in their other works they definitely know how to make an appealing interface otherwise..

  • James Michael Countryman

    The battle menu looks great! much better than FFXIV!

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