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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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  • Developer: TOSE
  • Genre(s): Role-Playing, Console-style RPG, Console-style RPG, Japanese-Style
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: E10+
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 57
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 57
  3. Negative: 0 out of 57
  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: 6 out of 121
  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. Apr 30, 2017
    10
    I'll start with a disclaimer: this review is not based on nostalgia, I first played this game over 10 years after its original SNES release,I'll start with a disclaimer: this review is not based on nostalgia, I first played this game over 10 years after its original SNES release, and I don't have any nostalgia towards JRPGs in general either. Also I rate the game based on today's standards, not from when I first played it or when it was first released.

    Graphics: 7/10
    This is the one part of the game that has been outdone by modern games. Still, the graphics are quite good even today. There is a timeless quality to the 16-bit sprite graphics, as evidenced by the fact that such games are still being developed today. The artwork is excellent, and it has been very nicely implemented into sprite graphics.

    Soundtrack: 10/10
    One of the best game soundtracks ever made. There are other games with just as excellent soundtracks, but this one is certainly up there among the best. Pretty much every piece is great, and many themes are so memorable they stay with you for life.

    Characters: 10/10
    This is where I'll start confronting the (few) negative user reviews of this game. If you think the characters are weak, I challenge you to say you've forgotten a single one of them, or when you first met them. Other than Crono himself, who acts as the silent protagonist, every major character is well-developed and unique, and they are all memorable. The character development is also excellently implemented through the character-specific side quests. Maybe you expected character development through extensive dialogue, but this is a game and not a book. Many games force you to read books' worth of text just so they can develop the characters. Not Chrono Trigger. This ties into gameplay, but the character development never interferes with the gameplay, which is a mark of its brilliance.

    Story: 10/10
    The story and storytelling in this game is by far the best of any game I've played, and it is my favorite aspect of this game. Again, as I said about the character development, many games tell their story mainly by text, which would make for a good book. Many games tell their story through excessive cutscenes, which would make for a good movie. Chrono Trigger tells the story through gameplay, which makes for a stellar game. And yes, it is a short game. But no, it is not a short story. From start to finish, this game is both gameplay and storytelling at the same time. It doesn't pause the gameplay to start telling the story. It doesn't pause the storytelling so you can play the game. It gives you both aspects simultaneously. Yes, there is dialogue through text, but it is never intrusive to the gameplay. And the story itself is excellent, with some brilliant plot twists and captivating moments.

    Gameplay: 10/10
    This is the most important aspect of a game, and I believe is is the most subjective aspect to review. Different people like different types of games. No type of gameplay appeals to everyone. For example, I wouldn't buy a sports game or a multiplayer shooter no matter how good the game is, because I don't particularly like those types of gameplay. But I wouldn't rate such a game a 3 if I were to review one, unless the game was actually bad. For me to give such a low rating, the game would have to be functionally bad or obsolete. Chrono Trigger, on the other hand, is as close to functionally perfect as a game can be. The difficulty level is perfectly tuned, so as to appeal to people new to the genre as well as experienced JRPG players. And it manages to do this without having custom difficulty. The gameplay is just never compromised in this game. Again, if you don't like it, that's fine. Maybe you expected something else and you feel disappointed. But it is NOT a bad game. It is NOT an obsolete game. It is NOT only beloved because of nostalgia. It is a masterpiece, as evidenced by its universal acclaim.

    Overall: 10/10
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  4. Jan 21, 2012
    10
    Possibly one of the all time greats in terms of RPG goodness. If you think that the character design looks a bit like shows like Dragonball ZPossibly one of the all time greats in terms of RPG goodness. If you think that the character design looks a bit like shows like Dragonball Z or Blue Dragon, you'd be correct in thinking so, as it's the same character designer. What really made this game great was it's ability to travel through time, it's fan-favourite unique characters, and the catchy music from a golden era of RPG gaming. Any fans of the RPG genre will fall in love with this, and those who loved this game in the past will still love this even now, though don't except a whole lot of difference. Expand
  5. Oct 26, 2015
    10
    before i played this game i finished chrono cross and it was the best rpg i have ever played then i thougt maybe i should play this game but ibefore i played this game i finished chrono cross and it was the best rpg i have ever played then i thougt maybe i should play this game but i was not sure cuz of old graphics old game i thought that i couldnt even play this but when i played this game it wasnt that bad even how old it is it was great to play this game nice story tho Expand
  6. Feb 18, 2019
    9
    Todo en este juego es impresionante. Chrono Trigger es una de esas experiencias que cualquier usuario de videojuegos debería probar, siendo elTodo en este juego es impresionante. Chrono Trigger es una de esas experiencias que cualquier usuario de videojuegos debería probar, siendo el resultado de un equipo de ensueño que nos ofreció uno de los mejores títulos de la historia. Su banda sonora te acompañará durante meses, sus personajes se harán de querer al instante, el devenir de su historia te mantendrá pegado al mando... todo, y repito, absolutamente todo en este título es fascinante. Sin duda, de las mejores obras jamás creadas, un juego atemporal al que los años le sientan cada vez mejor. Expand
  7. Jun 23, 2017
    1
    FF7 is way better lol. Worst game sqare has made. I mean, the main character doesn't use the buster sword, so, it's already a 0/10. OnlyFF7 is way better lol. Worst game sqare has made. I mean, the main character doesn't use the buster sword, so, it's already a 0/10. Only redeeming qualty is Frog. Expand

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#1 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
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#1 Most Shared DS Game of 2008