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When Final Fantasy VII hit the PlayStation in 1997, it was one of the most graphically advanced games ever produced. For months leading up to the title’s release, gamers had been drooling over magazine previews plastered with work-in-progress screenshots of what developer Square was doing with its first foray into the bold new world of CD-based games and polygonal graphics.

Flash forward 18 years, and technology has progressed to the point that Final Fantasy VII looks pretty retro to most modern eyes. As a matter of fact, it’s so retro that not only is Square Enix is remaking it for the PlayStation 4, mobile phones now have enough power to run the original, which is why Final Fantasy VII has just been released in iOS form.

In contrast to the lengthy trickle of production updates for the game’s PlayStation release, the iOS version came about with relatively limited fanfare. Publisher Square Enix announced the franchise’s seventh numbered installment would be coming to Apple’s operating system in June, and now, it’s suddenly available on the App Store.

The iOS Final Fantasy VII is based on the international PC version of the game, with a few extra features that are sure to please those who’re coming back to the title for a nostalgic second (or tenth) playthrough.

For those who can’t stand random encounters, Square Enix has included an option to turn them off entirely, allowing you to enjoy just the story elements and boss battles. There’s no need to worry about the lack of combat leaving your party under-leveled against the remaining powerful foes, either, as there’s also an option to “max out your status,” instantly making your characters strong enough to take on their adversaries without having to grind for experience.

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Final Fantasy VII is priced at 1,800 yen (US$14) and can be downloaded here.

Source: IT Media, Siliconera
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