Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. 46
    Despite the fact that I'd bet that my Game Boy Advance (let alone my Gamecube or my DS) is much faster and technologically sound than my Super Nintendo, this game's slowdown and terrible enemy clock speed make this way too easy.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sep 1, 2012
    This is one of those rare games that only comes around once and awhile, a game that just seems to get everything right. The characters are endearing, the storyline is great, the gameplay is great, the music is great, this is a game that you owe it to yourself to play. Full Review »
  2. Oct 28, 2014
    Game: Final Fantasy IV Advance Genre: RPG Developer: Squareenix System: Game Boy Advance (GBA) Total Score: 86/100 Value Score: 8.6/10

    • Story: 10/10
    • Characters: 10/10
    • GamePlay: 8/10
    • Graphics: 8/10
    • Sound: 7/10
    • Music: 10/10
    • Length: 8/10
    • Replay Value: 6/10
    • Player Value: 9/10

    +A great classic on a portable
    +Memorable characters and a fantastic story
    +You can now use all characters (except for Tellah) even to the end of the game now
    +Each of the 5 characters who had left party now have a special dungeon dedicated to them and their own exclusive end game weapons and bosses
    +Lunar Ruins is a new 50 floor dungeon exclusive to this version (and the PSP ver) which includes the lunar trials and secret bosses
    +Lunar Ruins is randomized each time you go in and you can redo the trials as many times as you want
    +Characters now have portraits during cutscenes whenever they talk
    +Bestiary and Sound test included in the start menu
    +Higher contrast in visuals

    -There is menu lag during battles and in the user interface in the menu screen
    -There is noticeable lag in some of the cutscenes
    -Sometimes turns will be skipped or someone will have a extra turn (fixed in EU version)
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  3. Sep 18, 2014
    I never played the original Final Fantasy IV, but this is an excellent port regardless. Engaging combat, solid levelling system, improved graphics, and a great storyline and character cast. A personal favourite of the few GBA games I have played and one of the best FF games in the series. Full Review »