Square Enix’s ‘Final Fantasy IX’ Launches on iOS App Store

Square Enix today launched the iOS version of its popular game Final Fantasy IX [Direct Link], which was originally released in 2000 for the Sony PlayStation. New to the iOS version of the game, players will be able to unlock achievements, activate 7 additional game boosters including a rapid-pace „high speed“ mode, game autosaves, and improved high definition cut scenes and character models.

Gameplay Features

・Abilities

Learn new abilities by equipping items.

When fully mastered, these abilities can be used even without equipping items, allowing for nearly endless customization options.

・Trance

Fill your Trance gauge as you sustain hits in battle.

When fully charged, your characters will enter Trance mode, granting them powerful new skills!

・Synthesis

Never let items go to waste. Combine two items or pieces of equipment together and make better, stronger items!

・Minigames

Whether it’s Chocobo Hot and Cold, Jump Rope, or Tetra Master, there are plenty of minigames to enjoy when you’re not off saving the world.

You can even earn special item rewards!

Otherwise, the ninth game in the JRPG series will remain the same, with the story focusing on the adventures of a thief named Zidane, who finds himself in the midst of a war between two powerful factions when he kidnaps Princess Garnet, the heir of the war-torn nation of Alexandria. Last summer, Square Enix re-released another game in the series, Final Fantasy VII, for iOS as well.

As with part seven in the series, Final Fantasy IX takes up about 2GB of storage space on an iPhone, but requires over 8GB of free space to download. Square Enix encourages users to „make sure that ample spare memory is available“ before attempting to begin the game’s download.

Final Fantasy IX is compatible with the iPhone 5s or later, iPad 4th generation or later, iPad mini 2 or later, and the iPod touch 6th generation. All devices will need a version of iOS 7 or any recent iOS update to run the game. Square Enix is also running a sale for Final Fantasy IX‘s launch, so starting today and until February 21 users can download the game at a discounted price of $16.99.

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