Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Release Date: September 27th, 1995
Genre: Role Playing Game
Posted: January 15th, 2007
Last Updated: January 15th, 2007
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Written By Dav0r
If you don’t know what Chrono Trigger is then you’re either too young or played to much Sega Genesis as a kid, I know I did. I had always heard about this game, but never played it and by the time I wanted to it was much too late and could only get a copy through emulation. Still this is by far one of the best games for the Super Nintendo and in my opinion one of the best games ever made. The unique storyline that is based on time travel is a bizarre concept but is really well done in this game and has so many cool features. The intense visuals (for it’s time) make your jaw drop at some points. The backgrounds are all meticulously animated and colored and take your breathe away. The amazing soundtrack which also helps bring alive the story is definitely the greatest music I have ever heard come out of a Super Nintendo. Who hasn't danced around to Frog’s music once in awhile? Finally the realistic array of characters makes this game so interesting that you don’t want to stop playing it.
You start off as Crono, a young kid on his way to the Millennia Fair to meet his friend Lucca. Before you find Lucca however you meet up with a girl named Marle and you take her to find Lucca as she is demonstrating her newest invention, some sort of teleporting gizmo. Marle steps up to be teleported, but her pedant reacts to it and she opens up a time portal where she’s sucked into. Crono steps up and goes into the portal to save her and thus the story begins.
The most impressive thing about this game and about all RPG’s for that matter is that you can interact with everyone you see. Every person walking around has something to say, most of it pertains to the task at hand. There’s no shortage of quests to do in this game either. You can either stick to the current mission or branch off into smaller side quests that gain you valuable equipment or weapons. You also get to meet a ton of new people throughout the time periods you travel too and have up to seven people in your party (only 3 are allowed to play at a time though and this is nicely covered by something to do with the time dimensions). Also a big party of this game is magic and magic attacks. Once you learn them and your skills develop you can do ridiculous magic attacks that look amazing on the SNES.
Actually I have been lying in this entire review. The coolest part of this game is the replay value. The game itself takes quite awhile to beat. You can rush through it and maybe get it done in a weekend, but I seriously doubt it. Not only is it long, but there are about a dozen different endings to the game! Making you want to beat it more than once. Also if you beat the game the hardest way (which of course is only how I beat it) you get a sweet ending AND you get a feature called New Game +. What this does is allow you to start a new game from the very beginning, but with all your stats and inventory from the previous game you finished. So now you start as Chrono going to the Millennia Fair, but he’s on level 60 with a Luminaire magic attack and the Rainbow sword. Need I say ass kicking is afoot? You can basically kill every boss in 1 hit throughout half the game. This feature is more or less so you can find all the endings and see them, and find and complete all the little side quests that would otherwise take you months to figure out.
Though I’ve never had the opportunity (beyond that of the mighty eBay) to own the real version of this game, the emulators are as far as I can tell 100% accurate. This game really shows why SquareSoft is (or was?) one of the greatest game developers back in the 90’s. 10/10 hands down. Do yourself a favor and play this one, you will not regret it.