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Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Eight dollars is a bit steep for Final Fantasy Kids. The story isn't very exciting, the graphics are boring and there's nothing remarkable about the game mechanics. With so many great role-playing games already available for download, you're better off saving your money and waiting for Final Fantasy III. Rating: 40%
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What Is It? The Super NES was home to some of the greatest Square Enix games of all time, including Final Fantasy III and Chrono Trigger. These are amazing games that still hold up 15 years later. And then there's Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, a variation on the long-running franchise that nobody remembers. There's a good reason this game never took off - it's developed for babies. Sold as a kids' game, Mystic Quest simplifies the traditional turn-based Final Fantasy mechanics into something anybody can understand. Dumbing down the gameplay is one thing, but with it comes a shallow plot full of paper-thin characters and generic villains. Of all the 16-bit role-playing games Square could have uploaded to the Virtual Console, why did it have to be Mystic Quest?

Does It Still Hold Up? You can take or leave the turn-based gameplay, but too much of the depth is stripped out for no reason. Creating a game the whole family can get behind is a noble (yet flawed) goal; I would love to see Japanese RPGs appeal to a wider audience. However, a simpler Final Fantasy can still have a worthwhile story. Mystic Quest feels like the B-team got a hold of the project and didn't know where to take it. I know where they can leave it.

Is It Worth The Money? Eight dollars is a bit steep for Final Fantasy Kids. The story isn't very exciting, the graphics are boring and there's nothing remarkable about the game mechanics. Uploads like this suggest Square Enix isn't as committed to the Virtual Console as it should be. With so many great role-playing games already available for download, you're better off saving your money and waiting for Final Fantasy III.
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