Square Enix have been slowly churning the wheel of nostalgia, working their way through an enviable back-catalogue and re-releasing classic titles left, right and centre. We’ve had NES and SNES games on Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation and PS2 re-mastered for PC, and a whole raft of everything making their way onto mobile, including today’s release: the Final Fantasy VII Android version.
Thus far, Final Fantasy VII has been released in the following formats:
- Original PlayStation release
- Original PC port
- PSN port of original (PS3)
- PSN port of original (PSP)
- PSN port of original (PS Vita)
- HD PC remaster
- PSN port of HD PC remaster (PS4)
- iOS port of original PC port
- …and I think that’s it.
Joining the party better late than never, the Final Fantasy VII Android version is finally available. It’s largely the same as the iOS port, which is largely the same as the original, with the following extra features:
- Simple and comfortable virtual controller design that enables a clear view of the action.
- The ability to choose between virtual analogue or fixed four-way digital control pad options.
- Adjustable opacity of on-screen controls through the configuration menu.
- Option to turn enemy encounters off on the world/area maps and a Max Stats command that enables players to become all-powerful in the blink of an eye.
So if you’ve played it before there’s not really much in the way of new features to bring you back, but if you fancy playing the Final Fantasy VII Android version on the go – without having to arse around with an emulator and ISO images – or like the sound of a non-combative story play-through without random encounters, then it might be worth a look.