Breath of Fire

Game Boy Advance
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Dec 13, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
Buy On
  1. One of the finest RPGs to appear on any format. Though bettered by latter incarnations of the series, the original remains both innovative and a pure joy to play.
  2. Breath of Fire will take you back to a time when fighting and believing in the story was all you needed.
  3. It's a well-polished RPG that plays out well on the GBA and is none too frustrating.
  4. A mediocre RPG experience including great side quests such as fishing, hunting, and collecting non-mandatory playable characters and items that make this a truly deep and enjoyable package.
  5. Game Informer
    You got GBA? You dig RPGs? Breath of Fire is your hook-up. [Nov 2001, p.130]
  6. Nintendo Power
    The excellent epic still holds up. [Dec 2001, p.170]
  7. 80
    Despite the re-appearance of the game’s fresh visuals and unique play aspects, the lifeless narrative doesn’t provide the immersive experience that you’d expect.
  8. Play Magazine
    Its transition from SNES to the comfort of the handheld is flawed in execution. [March 2002, p.62]
  9. While it's not the best-looking or most technically impressive RPG out for the system, Breath of Fire is still a rock-solid game.
  10. 76
    I really, really hate random battles... I've never played an RPG that had as many random battles as this one.
  11. I've been playing for over ten hours and the end doesn't seem to be anywhere in sight yet, so there also seems to be a good amount of depth to the title.
  12. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Overall, BoF exemplifies hand-held role-playing done right. [Dec 2001, p.264]
  13. 75
    A solidly entertaining and charmingly classic role-playing game sure to delight anyone looking for hours of adventure.
  14. Pocket Games
    The formula is as old as the hills but it still works, thankfully, in this game. Good, solid stuff. [Winter 2001, p.50]
  15. netjak
    Fun for a while, losing some steam when the boredom and insipidness of fetch questing kicks in. It's decent for an RPG, but nothing spectacular.
  16. 70
    Unfortunately, the frequency of the random encounters means the relative simplicity of combat can make it tiresome and repetitive at times.
  17. The title feels a bit dated and offers standard RPG fare that’s as basic as it gets.

Awards & Rankings

#16 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2001
#4 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Nov 1, 2017
    People you meet in towns offer zero dialogue to the adventure. "How's the weather?" There's just nothing interesting that ever happens.People you meet in towns offer zero dialogue to the adventure. "How's the weather?" There's just nothing interesting that ever happens. Writing in this game is seriously poor, and the pacing and balance is also whacked.

    A rocky start for my favorite RPG series.
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  2. Aug 16, 2013
    Summary: The game is massive, and the sprites are actually pretty to look at, but the gameplay itself can get extremely tedious. I enjoyed theSummary: The game is massive, and the sprites are actually pretty to look at, but the gameplay itself can get extremely tedious. I enjoyed the world, and tried imagining the character interactions because they were all well drawn out, but the dialogue itself is laughably bad. Use extreme discretion before deciding to play this game, because the nostalgia of it can be better than the experience.

    I should say that I recently beat this game, but not on the GBA. I remembered playing it when I was a child of around 7 or 8, so I came back to the game on an emulator for the SNES. Let me tell you right now: do not play this game on the GBA.

    The game is far too slow, and far too bad at conveyance, for you to waste your hours trying to figure out what to do and to slog through the innumerable random encounters that the game tosses out in your way. I love the artwork, the feeling of empowerment in transforming characters into beasts and dragons, but this game takes some hard, pressing work to really beat. If you're going to try to get through this whole monstrosity, then I sincerely suggest using an emulator, because at least with an emulator you can fast forward on the gameplay.

    I should mention, though, that the music is some of my favorite in any game. Perhaps that's just nostalgia speaking again, though. Take from it what you want.

    I dock one point for the game being very poor at the conveyance of directions and objectives, and one more point for the bad dialogue. I dock a third point for the slog made from the random encounters, and the last point is for the rather contrived storyline. Use your discretion.
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  3. ConaxR.
    Sep 27, 2003
    The game is pretty cool but it needs a less aggressive text.