Let’s See How Final Fantasy IV For iOS Compares To The DS Version

By Spencer . December 7, 2012 . 1:00pm

ffiv_ios1Square Enix is re-releasing Final Fantasy IV for the… eleventh time (if you count Easytype and digital downloads like the PSN version) and believe it or not there is already another mobile phone version. So, what makes Final Fantasy IV for iOS and Android different than the 2008 remake for Nintendo DS?


Final Fantasy IV for iOS and Android has a difficulty selection option, Chinese text (a first, I believe), and enhanced graphics. Here’s a look at how Final Fantasy IV stacks up against… Final Fantasy IV.


DS version (left), iOS version (right)

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Just for fun here are all of the Final Fantasy IV versions out there. Check your collection to see how many you have.


  • Final Fantasy IV(aka Final Fantasy II) Super Nintendo
  • Easytype re-release for Super Famicom
  • PsOne version in Final Fantasy Chronicles collection with Cecil’s Darkness attack
  • Wonderswan port
  • Final Fantasy IV Advance with the ability to switch characters for the last fight
  • The DS version with the augment system
  • Mobile phone release which is based on the GBA version
  • The PSN version that’s PS3 and PSP compatible
  • The Wii re-release of Final Fantasy II with the original spoony translation
  • Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection with an interlude chapter
  • The iOS/Android version which is based on the DS release


At this rate, your great grandchildren will play Final Fantasy IV VR on a holographic projector!

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  • Think the image might looker sharper and have more textures, but I might be failing to see much of a difference.

    • kupomogli

      Sharper with better textures for the most part. Also there are a few other differences outside of that. The banner above the castle entrance is different, the details above the castle entrance is different, the windows on the left side up top are larger and easier to see, also a row of brick seems more detailed to look as if they’ve jut out on the top of the wall on the left side and along the wall where the entrance is at.

  • saxophone15

    The image is definitely sharper. You can more easily tell by expanding the images.

  • shenron

    the psp version is the best, its not debutable

    • Skyer Ist

      I’m tired of 2D. 3D remake with voice acting was absolutely amazing. one of my most loved ds games.

    • Barzh

      I agree, plus it was basically the definite version with The After Years.

  • malek86

    Some textures are filtered while others apparently are not. Also only the main characters have shadows. Mh, well, it doesn’t look bad for a port though.

  • CirnoLakes

    Wow, that’s weird. The iOS version is actually sharper.

    And I can assume that the Android version will be equally nice.

    I feel weird, most gaming genres are best played on a gamepad rather than a touchpad. But it definitely LOOKS good.

    • almostautumn

      Modern mobiles are a ten times more powerful than the DS, and more powerful than the PSP also.
      Fortunately full-length RPG’s slide perfect into touch; simple controls with plenty of gameplay lee-way in taking time and making sure of your decision (assuming you turn off Active). Definitely an awesome port choice.

      • ragingmerifes

        So you have never seen Final Fantasy Type-Zero.
        Anyway, it looks better because the resolution of an Apple product is superior to anything else, but the frame rate may be compromised, if they are not careful.

        • malek86

          Modern phones are able to power graphics much better than even Type Zero. I don’t think this port will have trouble with the framerate, unless Squenix botches the programming.

          • ragingmerifes

            It takes a Galaxy S3 just for GTA: Vice City.

          • malek86

            I can run Dead Trigger relatively well (with some hiccups, but then my Galaxy W is kinda weak by current standards) and it looks better than pretty much any PSP game – granted gameplay is a different matter, but we are talking graphics here.

            GTA is either a meh port, or suffers from being so big – memory is always a problem in Android devices, as is the lack of optimization (iPhone games usually look better). Still, with the ability to support much more modern effects, I think the PSP has been already handily surpassed by now.

            Besides, are we sure you need a S3 to run Vice City? Frankly I think a S2 would do fine, if not even a W or S+.

          • ragingmerifes

            Dead Trigger is not that heavy. Chaos Rings is prettier, actually.

        • *laughs into oblivion*

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    THe iOS version does look better compared to DS here. Well, it is released on stronger device compared to DS. So, this port is not as bad as the older port.^_^

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  • Spider-Man

    They really love milking FFIV.

  • Yuck. I loathed Square Enix for the DS version of Final Fantasy IV. I only own the GBA version, Final Fantasy IV Advance. FF4 is my favorite of the “classic FF” era and the best version of them all would definitely be the PSP versions. Not only does it come with the original game, but it has The After Years and the graphics look AMAZING!!!

    • Steams

      I personally love the DS version, it was the 3rd time I played it, after SNES and GBA. I love the system they put in place for it, and while the graphics could have been better, it was good for its time. Also, I’m more of a fan of the spell graphics being closer to that of the original than the new graphics on the PSP despite how amazing they are (not a big fan on the character sprites though). The DS version was more nostalgic to me.

  • Nozomi

    I own three retail copies of this game. The PS1 release, the DS release, and the PSP complete release.

  • RablaAndrews

    I don’t see any problem with them making the best Final Fantasy more available for me.

    Also wow, those comparisons are nice. Can definitely see the detail.

  • K.PL

    It is sharper.
    Though I am sure our great grandchildren’s great, great grandchildren will play FFIV before any other get a chance to be remade.

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