Chrono Trigger Review
Chrono Trigger is an RPG video game developed by Square Enix Corporation in 1995 or Super Nintendo Entertainment system. It was later re-released in 1999 for Play Station and an enhanced version of the game was released in 2008 for Nintendo DS. Chrono Trigger had several innovative aspects like multiple endings, unique battle system, impressive graphics and plot associated side quests aimed towards character development. It was one of the best selling games in 1995 with more than 2.65 million copies sold in various iterations.
It features a console role playing game play with plenty of innovations in game play and battle system. The player can control the main protagonist and various companions in 2-dimensional virtual world which includes several dungeons, forests and cities. Players can navigate through an overworld map, which depicts the landscape in a scaled-down view. The areas like cities, forests and other places are depicted very realistic in scaled down maps and players could converse with locals in order to procure services and items, solve challenges and puzzles and deal with monsters. The game play of Chrono Trigger is different from a conventional role playing game since most of enemies are visible openly in field maps than random encounters. The contact with these enemies results in battles which occur on the overworld map directly than taking place in a separate screen.
Players can use magical or physical attacks to hurt targets during combats and use items for protecting or healing themselves. The health of characters is determined by hit points and successful attacks could reduce the hit points of the character and could be restored using spells and potions. When a character loses the hit points to reach 0, the player will die and if this happens to all characters in the party, then the game will come to an end and you can restore it from earlier saved chapter.
Players can equip their characters using armor, weapons, helmets and various accessories which offer special effects like enhanced defense power against magic and various consumables which are used in between battles. Equipment and items could be found in field maps or treasure chests or bought in shops. Players can progress through the story of Chrono Trigger by fighting enemies on the way and exploring new regions.
The game play of Chrono Trigger is based on ATB system (Active Time Battle) which was designed for Final Fantasy IV by Hiroyuki Ito. Every character could take actions in battle when the personal timer which depends on speed statistics reaches zero. The special physical and magic attacks are handled through “Techs” system with plenty of co-operative techniques. Techs can reduce the magic points of the character and there are special effects like spells which can hurt monsters, and harm enemies who are spread in a line. The positions are changed by enemies during the battle which allows tactical use of Techs. Every character has 8 personal techs that can be combined with others to produce double or triple techs to produce more effects. One example is creating a Flame Whirl with combination of Lucca’s flame Toss technique with Sword-spinning cyclone Tech of Crono. When characters having compatible “Techs” and sufficient magic points are linked together, the combo option is displayed automatically in the game.
There are several unique game play techniques in Chrono Trigger which includes time travel, ATB system and Techs system. Time travel is performed through pillars of light known as “time gates” and also using Epoch, a time machine. There are 13 unique endings for this game, which depends on how and when the player reaches the final battle of the game. The game play is based on a world similar to our Earth, with various eras like prehistoric age, Middle age and post-apocalyptic age. The characters perform time travels often to obtain equipment, gather allies and to gain some essential information for completing the quest.
There are 4 playable characters in Chrono Trigger which includes the main character named Crono who is the heroic protagonist of the game and other important characters are Lucca, a friend of Crono, Marle (Princess Naida), Ayla, Frog, Robot and Magus.
The music is extraordinary with amazing themes scored by Nobuo Uematsu, a veteran composer for Final Fantasy series and Yasunori Mitusda. One of the songs of this epic soundtrack was crafted by both the composers. The cast is amiable with adventurous heroes and compassionate villains. It is the only role-playing game with an epic story and 14 different endings. The combat system is engaging and innovative. Chrono Trigger has excellent visual effects with sprite-based graphics, gorgeous vistas and amazing spell effects which look great on the Nintendo DS.
Overall, Chrono Trigger is an amazing RPG with engaging and innovative game play, excellent storytelling and moving sound track. Chrono Trigger has definitely an interesting game for any fan of role-playing games.