Conclusion: This poorly designed iOS port of Tales of Phantasia nearly drove me to hate one of my favorite JRPGs of all time.
Pros: It's Tales of Phantasia for free (well, almost…).
Cons: Players need to be online to play at all times, the opening music is not the Yukari Yoshida vocal song, myriad control issues and disabled save points goad players into micro-transactions just to make the game playable.
Excerpt: All videogame genres have their own set of clichés, but role-playing games (RPGs) have always been among the worst offenders for me. Pick up any RPG at random, and you'll probably find 1) a young male hero with a funny name who must set out “all alone” on an adventure, 2) magic (and 2a: a female...
Summary: The Tales RPGs started out with Nintendo, with Tales of Phantasia launching as one of the most impressive Super Nintendo RPGs of that time, out-classing many early PSone efforts. The game was so big that it was unfortunately never (officially) translated for the West.
Excerpt: Tales of Phantasia was originally released in Japan for the SNES in 1995. Tales of Phantasia was re-released in 1998 for the Sony PlayStation, also only in Japan. The re-release featured an overhauled graphics engine, 3D world map, as well as several other changes.
Excerpt: A breeze drawn from the northwest brings with it a hint of smoke.
Disregarding it, you and your friend continue to stalk your prey: a
gigantic boar that is rumored to be in the western depths of a
purportedly magical forest.
Excerpt: RPG fans have been waiting patiently for Tales of Phantasia to be localized. Finally, after many other installments of the Tales series have paved the way, the adventures of Cress Albane can finally be played through.
Excerpt: Tales of Phantasia , which is actually the first of the Tales games, is the latest addition to Namco's popular RPG series to hit the US. While the game was previously released in 1995, it never managed to make it to the states.
Excerpt: The game begins with teenaged hero Cress going out on a hunting trip with his best bud, Chester. While they're away from the village they find the great tree of mana, Yggdrasil - which doesn't look exactly like it's in tip top shape, either.