Having written over 50 reviews for the Wii this is my first review for a DS game. Why? because Chrono Trigger is that awesome. I got a DS for Chrono Trigger alone. I played it 14 years ago on the Super NES and loved it then. I just finished the DS version and I must say it is even better than I remembered it. (Let's just say it passed the test of time).
Let's start off with the time travel. I love that you can do certain things at a previous time point and then zoom ahead to see the results of your actions in the future. You can get several different endings based on the choices you make. Next, I love the characters. Each is very memorable and adds a great flavor to the game. Each has their own theme music. I love to hear Frog's theme music. Then when you go to fight Magus with the heart thumping music in the background you will really be drawn into the epic battle and story.
The music overall is fabulous. The DS version has an option where you can go back in and listen to every song throughout the game. I do this often. The music is the best ever. The graphics are also nice with some really cool cut scenes added in the mix.
If you've never played Chrono Trigger then you should. It captures the awesome story telling and music of Square Soft without the obnoxious random battles that you have to deal with in Final Fantasy.
If you have played Chrono Trigger then you should play it again. It is an experience where you will say "Oh yeah that game was awesome" That was the best game of all time!
My first time playing this game, never played any other but reviewed alot of about this game. I liked everything I read about it. Sooo... I wanted to purchase it but was not willing to pay $40 for it :-(.... Just happened, last weekend while on gamestops website, I noticed this game was selling for $19.99 :-). I did not even wait to rent it, I went and bought the game, and I love it. Haven't been playing it to long yet but the graphics are very nice, the way the menu is utilized is great. You save anytime while on the main map or you will have save points within hunting areas. And I also like, its not random encounters, there are actual monsters you engage. I love the game. I am glad I bought it. Give it rent or even a buy!
I remember when Chrono Trigger first came out on the SNES. It was an amazing, great game then and it still is now. Not much was lost in its journey from SNES to PS1 to DS. The added cutscenes are a nice touch. The music is just as memorable as ever, albeit a bit hard to hear sometimes from the DS.
The use of the touch screen makes playing the game easy and access to menu screens very convenient, with the added bonus of not cluttering up the battle or dungeon views. It's great having the world map to move around in on top and the minimap, a bit enlarged, on the bottom screen for easy navigation.
While some of the dialogue has been changed(one of the more notable changes in bringing Chrono Trigger in line with the times is the change of the "dialogue" when you eat in the dungeons in the year 600 to 'nom'), the game is still a classic with a great story to tell. The characters are amazing and all lovable, it's hard to choose who to have in your party because you just want to take them all.
The Arena where you can grow your battle pet is a nice addition, but the game would have been fine without it. Leveling your pet can be annoying and a little tedious. You can spend time training them up, but then watch them come back and have lost 10 points in one stat just randomly.
This game is great for those of us who loved Chrono Trigger back in the day and for anyone new to it. This is a must-have in your collection for any RPG fan.