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  • Summary: [Metacritic's 2008 DS Game of the Year] When a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions at the Millennial Fair, young Crono must travel through time to rescue his unfortunate companion from an intricate web of past and present perils. The swashbuckling adventure that ensues soon[Metacritic's 2008 DS Game of the Year] When a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions at the Millennial Fair, young Crono must travel through time to rescue his unfortunate companion from an intricate web of past and present perils. The swashbuckling adventure that ensues soon unveils an evil force set to destroy the world, triggering Crono's race against time to change the course of history and bring about a brighter future. Features an engaging and unparalleled storyline, leading to the discovery of multiple epic conclusions to a journey that transcends time. An inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda. Intriguing battle system made possible by the unique combination of the Active Time Battle system and Tech skills. Famed character designer Akira Toriyama lends his signature art style to create the vibrant world that has captivated gamers around the world. Taking advantage of the Nintendo DS hardware, CHRONO TRIGGER makes its way onto the portable platform with all-new dual screen presentation and Touch-Screen functionality. A brand new dungeon and a Wireless Play mode adds exciting new dimensions to this timeless classic. [Square Enix] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 57
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  1. GamePro
    100
    Regardless of whether you played it already or are new to the series, you owe it to yourself to check out this amazing title. [Dec 2008, p.97]
  2. 100
    Chrono Trigger is one of the most charming, endearing, and most fun role playing games I have ever had the pleasure of playing.
  3. Easily one of the best video games I've played in the recent past, and I've played quite a few of them. Whether or not you're a fan of consoled-based role-playing games, you owe it to yourself to try this one; it might just change your opinion of them.
  4. Chrono Trigger rightfully climbs to the olymp of roleplaying games. Charming graphics, great story and a neat combat system make this classic an instant hit on the NDS!
  5. Chrono Trigger DS is a remake done right, and both longtime fans and new players should pick it up.
  6. One of the best roleplaying adventures ever made is revived for the Nintendo DS, and it's as fantastic as it ever was. Despite being 14 years old this game still manages to wipe the floor with most games released in it's wake. Design, script, sound, characters, the time traveling mechanic and a number of other features are simply so ingenious that more than a decade of subsequent games has seen few titles to rival this experience.
  7. Chrono Trigger is worth travelling back in time for again and again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 173
  1. JustinM
    Jan 14, 2009
    10
    Seems people are mostly upset about the fact that, at its heart, the game is still a port and it's full-price. The reason for this, my Seems people are mostly upset about the fact that, at its heart, the game is still a port and it's full-price. The reason for this, my friends, is because Chrono Trigger now goes on eBay for over a hundred dollars at the very least. I myself first played the game on a ROM, and truly, using PC controls or even a gamepad doesn't cut it. The extra side-missions are great, the cutscenes aren't really my style but they flesh things out well, and the music box lets you listen to some of gaming's greatest compositions whenever you like. The arena fell quite short, and I too was hoping for something involving co-op, but disregarding that it is a brilliant game with one of the greatest stories in RPG history and a depth that has sunk right into gamers since its first release. And personally, I'm glad they didn't decide to "juice up" the game by adding the DS's low-poly 3D capabilities; retro graphics seem to flesh out characters better by having us focus on dialogue rather than flamboyant body movements. It's worth the forty dollars if you are a fan of RPGs, a fan of stories worth novels, of quotably controversial philosophy, or simply the roots of some aspects of gaming that made it what it is today that in my opinion need to be rediscovered by our graphics- and gameplay-oriented developers in modern times. Expand
  2. JimG
    Aug 3, 2009
    10
    I don't know how anyone could give this game less than a 9. It is, without a doubt, one of the best RPGs of ALL time. If not, THE best. I don't know how anyone could give this game less than a 9. It is, without a doubt, one of the best RPGs of ALL time. If not, THE best. It's a great DS port of the original with a few newly added additions that is definitely worth the experience and price tag all over again. Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2018
    10
    this game story is awesome. and I like every characters in game.
    It was so nice to have character personality one by one.
    It is the best 5
    this game story is awesome. and I like every characters in game.
    It was so nice to have character personality one by one.
    It is the best 5 games I've ever played.
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  4. Feb 27, 2022
    10
    A classic way ahead of its time. Likeable characters, one of the best stories ever and arguably the best turn based mechanics of all time. TheA classic way ahead of its time. Likeable characters, one of the best stories ever and arguably the best turn based mechanics of all time. The art still holds up. One of the best rpgs of all time Expand
  5. Jun 3, 2014
    10
    Pros:
    -Good story line
    -Story makes sense -careful character design -RPG combat easy to learn -Puzzle in a solvable layout Cons:
    Pros:
    -Good story line
    -Story makes sense
    -careful character design
    -RPG combat easy to learn
    -Puzzle in a solvable layout
    Cons:
    -Graphics (but can only do so much during the time)
    -May be confusing at certain areas
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  6. Nov 16, 2018
    9
    Story: 9/10

    Chrono Trigger has a simple but intriguing story. It begins normally enough: Crono—a young man in the village of Truce—wakes up
    Story: 9/10

    Chrono Trigger has a simple but intriguing story. It begins normally enough: Crono—a young man in the village of Truce—wakes up and goes to a nearby fair commemorating the thousand-year anniversary of the Kingdom of Guardia’s founding. However, he quickly gets dragged through time on a mission that includes early man’s struggles with the Reptites (a race of highly intelligent reptiles), an overzealous queen seeking immortality, Guardia’s war with an enemy wizard four-hundred years prior to the fair, and a depressing future that Crono and his friends must prevent. Only thing that holds it back is the numerous pacing issues & somewhat lackluster characters

    Graphics: 10/10
    Now, this does not even come to close to standing up to modern games in the area of graphics, but it did raise the bar for its time. Seeing as how Square rarely fails in this category, it comes as no surprise that the backgrounds are nicely detailed (such as a night sky full of stars and sunlight sparkling on the water) and the different sprites for each era are mostly unique (it seems they really love to re-color that imp sprite though).

    Audio: 9/10
    Original:
    The soundtrack for Chrono Trigger is beautiful. There are songs that will make you sad—whether or not you’ll cry (or admit to crying) of course is a person-by-person result—and others that will get you pumped for the approaching adventures. Generally, there is only one moment in the game in which the music does not fit, and it plays as a joke anyway. The sound effects all seem to fit their respective actions.

    Gameplay: 9/10
    Chrono Trigger uses the turn-based combat system with options to have real-time or not. Your characters advance in levels by gaining experience from battle (bet you didn’t see that coming). They also learn “techs” (presumably short for “techniques”) from their experience in these battles. The section of the combat system that really stands out is the use of double techs and triple techs. As the name implies, the characters use their special attacks together to form more powerful ones. However, the best part is without a doubt the lack of random battles. That’s right, you have monsters on screen and the occasional set encounter that you can’t see coming, but you will NEVER get into a battle while simply walking around the world map. Overall, the gameplay is enjoyable (unless you just can’t stand a turn-based battle).

    Replay Value: 10/10
    Chrono Trigger is the type of game that you just can’t stand to put down (even after beating it). Fortunately, the developers had the foresight to realize this and made thirteen endings. Perhaps more influential than the vast amount of endings is the new game + feature. You start the game with the same items, techs, and character levels from your last save before beating the game. You can quite possibly find yourself playing through the game far more than the thirteen times for the different endings.

    Overall: One of the best games ever, but still overhyped & not the flawless masterpiece everyone proclaims it to be. Chrono Cross was a better overall game, but that doesn't take aways from this game's quality at all. Overall: 9.6/10
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  7. Feb 17, 2021
    0
    I hated every second of it. Why do people like this game so much? Everything is simplified to the point of being the literal, utilitarianI hated every second of it. Why do people like this game so much? Everything is simplified to the point of being the literal, utilitarian definition of what makes a mechanic. To see people call it polished is very surprising. Expand

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