This game is not that deep, complex, difficult, or even a good bargain. Something about it, however, keeps me tapping, sliding, and holding. There are three different difficulties for each song and feel appropriate for the game. Basic and Expert offer intro and reasonable difficulty respectively affording an experience anyone can start up and do well in if they have some finger dexterity. Ultimate (the 3rd difficulty) provides a stiff speed challenge with bonus missions delivering even more songs and challenge. Personally, I am decent at Expert with Ultimate and the Choas Shrine providing a challenge that will last many extra hours.
You have to like the basic idea, however, and it is really thin at that. You have FF characters from the series you can use and level up, but the best points come from having nothing equipped and doing perfect which would negate any reason for health, abilities or items. The rpg element is pure fluff, but it does give a nice personality to what could have any other music game.
But how about that music, right? So that is what this is all about. If you used to spend hours humming along to FF music while level grinding or leaving it on pause for 3 hours while you did other things because you never once thought about turning the music down in the background - then get this game. There is more music to buy through the e-shop that provides a nice addition to those who want it without any need to buy anything more then desired. Some may say $.99 a song is too much, but at $39.99 retail and containing (13 FF x 3 songs each + a few bonus songs say 5-10) 50 or so included on the cartridge makes it almost a dollar a song at purchase. There are several dark notes (bonus songs in the Chaos Shrine) to open but they are the most challenging songs in the game and many are simply repeated with different stylus patterns. They are not for everyone. Personally I bought about 11 extra songs. I looked them up on Youtube and picked the ones I liked.
I was disappointed in this title. Being Final Fantasy, I thought there would be some sort of RPGness to this. Wrong. You do pick a party of four with magic abilities and items but I didn't see how any of the magic or items really did anything. The whole jist is that you choose which Final Fantasy story to "relive" (the level you will play), run through 3 rhythm games that would only be difficult to someone under 6, and voila, level complete. That means that each level takes about 5 minutes to complete. If you actually waste your time and complete all the levels, you are talking about an hours worth of time (that you will never get back). I enjoyed this game for about 15 minutes before putting it back in the mail.