GGUK tapped to the music from Final Fantasy.
Square Enix’s Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call on Nintendo 3DS offers everything you would expect from s sequel to the original melodic rhythm based title. The stunning music and enjoyable graphics combine to form an unforgettable experience from the moment you start playing.
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call has only a few differences from its predecessor, but packs in a mass of memorable and beautiful music from Final Fantasy games that you’ll want to experience. As you play Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, which combines parts of all of your favourite Final Fantasy titles into a cinematic environment, you’ll tap your stylus on the touch screen in rhythm to the music with sheer delight.
The game is simple to play with three difficulty modes – basic, expert and ultimate. The songs are divided up between a battle music stage, field music stage and event music stage. Playing battle music stage during my hands-on demo, I had to observe four rows of music and tap the touch screen interface, slide the stylus in the required direction, or hold down the stylus on the icons on screen for a designated time. During battle, the key element is getting the timing just right to be successful – it doesn’t matter where you touch the screen, just as long it’s on time.
Field music stages enable you to navigate using your stylus to follow lines that appear on the top screen of your 3DS. Event music stages combines both battle music and field music together in unison. Damage to enemies comes when your party faces the enemy and follows the pattern and motion of the music. Damage bonuses can be gained by tapping glowing notes and if you miss a note, this will cause your own HP to deteriorate. If you’re lucky enough to deal damage to enemies, you’ll occasionally be rewarded with dropped items, which will unlock art and unlockable characters.
I spent a lot of time repeatedly playing the same songs to master the fine art of a successful battle. There will be a lot of swiping and tapping away to the music, just like in the previous game, as you endeavor to unlock more beautiful music from the Final Fantasy series. With 221 songs and over 60 playable characters from the Final Fantasy series, it’s amazing how much of the history of Final Fantasy has been captured this time and how extensive the game actually is. Each Final Fantasy title is spectacular and is characterized through a series of beautifully illustrated backgrounds and environments that manage to capture everything charming and appealing from the Final Fantasy series.
With more playable modes available, more music and even more playable characters to play around with, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call is a good looking and enjoyable experience that manages to tug on the nostalgia of gamers who have played Final Fantasy games. Although my time with the demo was only short, it was long enough to convince me that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call will be an essential purchase for any fan of the series. Packed with charm, cuteness and character, along with a massive amount of content, players will have trouble putting down their 3Ds and taking a break from their rhythm based journey once Square Enix’s Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call is released on September 19th.