‘Final Fantasy VII’ Materia-lizes In iOS App Store

People who are old enough to have been teenagers when Final Fantasy VII came out for the first PlayStation remember the console game having three disks. If you were a PC gamer and waited for it to come out on that format, it included an install disk, bringing that total to four disks, making Final Fantasy VII one of the least portable games of the time.

Now if you want to play Final Fantasy VII, you can play it while waiting at the DMV, and get your chocobo licenses while you get your driver’s license.

PC Magazine reports that the legendary SquareSoft title is available for download on your iPhone or iPad from the App Store for $19.99. If you want to play Final Fantasy VII, it requires iOS 8, and uses 2GB of space, but you will need 4GB to download it.

SquareEnix warns players that if they use an iPad that’s older than third generation or an iPhone older than 5s, they might experience some unwanted issues, and might just want to skip Final Fantasy VII until they make an upgrade.

“Please be aware that users may experience problems, such as exceptionally slow running speeds, if running this application on [older] devices. Such devices are not suited to playing this game and there is a chance of unforeseen errors occurring if running it on them.”

This is reminiscent of the warnings given for the original PC release, because Final Fantasy VII was released around the time home computers began using 3D acceleration cards to process graphics.

According to Engadget, SquareEnix has also answered the prayers of people who have wanted to experience the game but haven’t bothered because of Final Fantasy VII‘s tedious random battles by giving players the option to turn those off. Fear not, however, you will not have to worry about being underpowered when you fight the secret bosses, because the mobile game includes cheat options that allow you to max out a character’s stats.

This news is likely very welcome among fans of the Final Fantasy series who are currently salivating over the upcoming release of the Final Fantasy VII remake that was announced in June at E3. That game will be released sometime in 2016, so this should be a juicy appetizer.

There has been controversy over the fact that since they are remaking Final Fantasy VII completely, the combat system will be retooled. This gives those players the opportunity to play the entire thing completely unchanged, save for optimization for touch controls.

No news of a release for Final Fantasy VII has yet been confirmed for Android devices.

[Image Courtesy of SquareEnix NA]