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  • Many outside of Japan know Final Fantasy III (FF3) in its original incarnation on the SNES,

  • though as history would have it this was in fact the 6th installment. Numbering conventions

  • aside, FF3 saw its official debut outside of Japan in 2006 after being released in full

  • 3D for the Nintendo DS and a port of the original NES game on the Nintendo Wii in 2009. Square

  • Enix, ever ready to remain hip with the times has brought the 3D incarnation to the App

  • Store, along with the usual bevvy of touch-screen refinements and a few visual upgrades to make

  • this a worthy pickup for fans of the series.

  • Instead of trying to lever in a poor-man's virtual pad system, the game makes traversing

  • the many dungeons, towns and areas easy by letting players touch and swipe anywhere to

  • move while most other interactions only require a tap anywhere on the screen. The setup is

  • incredibly intuitive, though like any good Final Fantasy title there are plenty of hidden

  • items and a variety of puzzles, but the necessity to 'zoom' in to highlight these objects can

  • be frustrating as many pickups can easily be missed if you don't take the time to scour

  • each area with a fine tooth-comb.

  • Then again this is fairly par for the course considering the age of this JRPG and players

  • will need to put up with the usual random-encounters and limited save areas, making it a bit of

  • a rude shock for gamers not used to this 'classic' style. Thankfully the game more than makes

  • up for its shortcomings with the introduction of a job system that allows players to tailor

  • their party to any given situation - just keep in mind that these jobs level up independently

  • to your characters which means a lot of additional grinding if you want to have the perfect 'toolbox'

  • of jobs.

  • If there's anything that's going to cause gamers to carefully consider their purchase,

  • it will be the rather hefty price point, but the refined graphics (with Retina display

  • optimizations) and hefty game content is more than worth the plunge if you're a fan of the

  • genre that hasn't grabbed Final Fantasy III in one incarnation or another.

Many outside of Japan know Final Fantasy III (FF3) in its original incarnation on the SNES,

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