Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
Buy On
  1. 85
    Best of all, FF4A is more than a simple port. Like "Dawn of Souls," it offers a massive amount of bonus content.
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The addition of a dash to the GBA version makes exploring snappy, and the redone graphics look great. [Feb 2006, p.112]
  3. Square Enix finally gave Final Fantasy II the treatment it deserved in Final Fantasy IV Advance, and whether you've worn out two of the old carts from overuse or have never even played a 2D Final Fantasy, you should pick this one up to see what made the Final Fantasy series such a powerhouse of the role-playing genre.
  4. There's a depth of enjoyment to Final Fantasy IV Advance - even pathos - that few other games can match.
  5. 80
    Some players may not like the pacing or the style, but by any objective standard Final Fantasy IV is as much a success now as it was on the first day of release.
  6. Game Informer
    A good port of a fantastic game. [Jan 2006, p.154]
  7. The game has a great story, one of my favorite stories in a game, offers fun RPG gameplay, so it's a great game for just about every RPG fan, or at least people who loved this game before.
  8. It's a good RPG with varied gameplay and an interesting story that unfolds at a nice pace.
  9. With the added new perks to the gameplay, new adaptive areas, and added fan service allows for enjoyment from old fans and new.
  10. 90
    In addition to a well-laid out story, the pixel art is incredible, the gameplay is sensible, and the music is enjoyable. Final Fantasy IV is possibly one of the best, if not the best, game of its series.
  11. Because of the game's tried and true gameplay, solid visuals, and timeless soundtrack, this is a game that newcomers and veterans will cherish for generations to come.
  12. Games Master UK
    It's old-fashioned but don't let that put you off. This is a highly entertaining bit of history. [July 2006, p.63]
  13. Small mistakes can't wreck such a consistently pleasurable experience as FFIV. With additional content that drastically increases the role of its large and likable cast, this is one RPG you'll have slotted into your GBA or DS for a long time coming.
  14. Don't let the fact that it's an update put you off. Easy to pick up and impossible to put down, this is a classic RPG. [NGC]
  15. Final Fantasy IV, arguably the breakthrough entry in the influential series, is a perfect fit for the Game Boy Advance and is a must-play experience for fans of role-playing games.
  16. 90
    A great version of an RPG milestone. The story seems a bit simplistic by today's standards, but it's also uncommonly charming. The quicksave feature makes it an excellent candidate for fun on the go.
  17. Armed with the updated translation, and new abilities that we did not get in the original release, Final Fantasy IV is definitely a classic RPG worth picking up and playing through again or for the first time.
  18. 86
    One hell of a great pickup for portable gaming fans and is an even better acquisition for old-school players that can't get enough of it. No other port of the title has been as thorough or content-packed as this one.
  19. While Final Fantasy IV may be an old game, the story and characters have aged well, and the new content helps to flesh out the experience even further.
  20. It's doesn't do anything new, it's just the best at what it does. If you're new to RPGs, this is the best title to start off with.
  21. Whether you're a fan of Final Fantasy or RPG's, you owe it to yourself to pick this game up, especially if you haven't played it before in the other two versions.
  22. netjak
    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.
  23. Nintendo Power
    One of the best RPGs of all time gets even better. [Feb 2006, p.101]
  24. Square-Enix has really produced a fine piece of software here, not only because of the quality of the original title but also because of the fantastic attention to detail.
  25. Playing it is fun and quick, but the Lunar Ruins are tedious and are a task for completionists only. The biggest disappointment is the lack of a bonus ending for completing the Lunar Ruins, but fans of the game and/or series will still appreciate the added content.
  26. 85
    Quite easily the best version released yet, and is an ideal RPG for handheld gamers. An essential purchase for what is, currently, a dead console.
  27. It might look a bit dated now, but Final Fantasy IV Advance is a classic gaming experience.
  28. 88
    From the excellent storyline, to the addicting gameplay, everything in Final Fantasy IV Advance is just as good as it was in the early '90s, despite minor changes and a few lag issues.
  29. If this is your first chance to play Final Fantasy IV, it's not to be missed, but if you already own the PlayStation port or the original SNES version, think about it twice or even three times.
  30. 90
    Get past the slightly dated presentation and you'll find a game that's as involving as the best current RPGs.

Awards & Rankings

#5 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 76
  2. Negative: 5 out of 76
  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 areThis 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. Feb 1, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. One of the best in the series.

    FFIV features many of the elements that would become synonymous with the Final Fantasy franchise. The plot is intruiging, the world is open for exploration (you even can go to the moon), the characters are unique and interesting. The only flaw I'm able to find from the game is something that would be corrected in later entries; the party is not so customizable as it would become in V, and there's not as much end game content as in the later entries. The combat is also a bit on the simple side, although by no means boring. This is a great game and a must for all fans of JRPG.
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  3. Oct 28, 2014
    Game: Final Fantasy IV Advance
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: Squareenix System: Game Boy Advance (GBA) Total Score: 86/100 Value Score:
    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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