Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. It’s a tale of give and take. Echoes of Time is meant to be played with friends, and if you don’t, it can be incredibly frustrating.
  2. Square Enix finally gets the Crystal Chronicles formula right with this great multiplayer action RPG.
  3. 70
    Overall, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Times is an enjoyable game with a few noticeable faults.
  4. 70
    The fundamentals of Echoes of Time’s gameplay make it an enjoyable experience. I much prefer slashing my way through an RPG with real-time action — it’s an addictive combination, and one that we don’t see very often these days.
  5. If you can get a few friends to play the game with you in a cooperative effort, it's as fun a Crystal Chronicles experience as you'll ever find.
  6. Variety is something Echoes of Time does not miss for sure, especially thanks to the tons of items, quests, mini-games and abilities to play with, but the game has however a very repetitive core which won't appeal everyone. The plot is really weak and does not keep the interest high; Echoes of Time is especially aimed to a niche of users who loves to collect stuff by repeating over and over the same dungeons.
  7. Nintendo Power
    65
    Portability and touch-screen functionality give the DS game the edge. [Apr 2009, p.84]
  8. Hiding amid an onslaught of tedious puzzles is some compelling dungeon-crawling action.
  9. Edge Magazine
    60
    The most contagious thing about Echoes Of Time is its humour, and there's no shortage of intrigue and mishap in the quests to come. Nor, however, is there a surplus. [May 2009, p.96]
  10. AceGamez
    60
    Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - Echoes of Time isn't a bad game but it smacks of Square-Enix resting on their laurels.
  11. games(TM)
    60
    Square Enix's least enticing DS offering thus far, a disappointment given the company's growing ambition in handheld development. [May 2009, p.120]
  12. Echoes in Time is as mediocre as you can get. Surely you can do better than this.

Awards & Rankings

#40 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#12 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 29, 2013
    8
    This is probably one of the best Crystal Chronicles entries. The graphics and mechanics are good, and the story pulls you forward pretty well,This is probably one of the best Crystal Chronicles entries. The graphics and mechanics are good, and the story pulls you forward pretty well, even if some points are rather predictable yet unavoidable. The battles are usually pretty balanced, but it's always better to at least have an AI team back you up as soon as you can. My major gripe with the AI is that it will follow who you're playing as at any given moment, making team puzzles difficult as they won't stay in place after you switch characters. It's just unfortunate that you will probably not find any online co-op or help in this game so long after its initial release.
    Art: 9
    Music: 9
    Story: 7
    Gameplay: 7
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  2. JasonG
    Apr 27, 2009
    8
    While not perfect, this is a fun, simple action rpg that is great to play with friends online. I think the platforming elements are the While not perfect, this is a fun, simple action rpg that is great to play with friends online. I think the platforming elements are the weakest, mostly due to the lack of analog control. But all in all, a purchase I'm pleased with. Full Review »
  3. BrandonS
    Apr 1, 2009
    9
    A really great game... If you have friends to play it with. The AI is fustrating at most points of the games, though the gameplay is fun. A really great game... If you have friends to play it with. The AI is fustrating at most points of the games, though the gameplay is fun. Multiplayer is probably the main reason you should want to buy this game, though single player is decent at best because of the AI. Full Review »