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The August 2017 RPG Reload Play-Along: Chrono Trigger

07-27-2017, 04:53 AM
#1
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Ibaraki, Japan
Posts: 1,054
The August 2017 RPG Reload Play-Along: Chrono Trigger

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload Play-Along. Each month, we'll be playing an iOS RPG together, sharing laughs and tears in equal measures. The post on the front page is basically here to announce the game in question and give a few tips on getting started. The real action will be happening here in the TouchArcade forums, where you'll find a thread dedicated to each month's featured game. Sign up if you haven't already, post your screenshots, ask for advice, or just chat about your misadventures with others. We've got a great community of RPG fans here at TouchArcade, so let's make the most of it!

We're just coming off our huge two-month Play-Along of Final Fantasy 5. Some players went ahead with a normal run in June, while others took advantage of the annual Final Fantasy 5 Four Job Fiesta to play the game with some special, more challenging conditions. Even though July isn't technically finished yet, I feel like just about everyone is done by now. If you're not, by all means keep on playing. But I'm sure our more avid Reloaders are ready for something new to bite on, so we're going to get going with the August game. Thanks to everyone for participating, and I hope you'll join in again!

Given the length and difficulty of the last game for many of our Reloaders, I've decided to go with something a little lighter, a little easier, and a lot more linear for the August game. Commemorating its North American release on August 11th 1995, this month's selection is the legendary Chrono Trigger. A time-traveling adventure originally released by Square Enix on Nintendo's 16-bit Super NES, it takes you on a journey to save the world from an apocalyptic event that occurs in the future. Some call it the best JRPG ever created, and while I'm not sure I would personally go that far, I can't deny it's got something special in its fuel tank.

As usual, all you need to do to join in is to grab any version of the game and head on in to this thread. Don't have a forum account? What? How did you even find this? Get one now, then head back in to the thread and introduce yourself. It's a one-stop shop to share your adventures, get advice, or just chat in general about this landmark game. Don't forget to post screenshots if you can!
07-27-2017, 05:28 AM
#2
I'm in!
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07-27-2017, 05:39 AM
#3
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 338
I'm in with the DS version. Chrono Trigger isn't my favorite RPG ever, but it's really, REALLY good, and I'll take a flimsy excuse to play it again. One thing I like about it is that just about any party combination is viable. My first time through, I mostly kept to the first three characters you get and was a magic-heavy team. Since then, I've favored a more physical approach, tending toward using Ayla as much as possible, even to the point of keeping her permanently berserked for random battles. What will I do this time? Hmm...
07-27-2017, 08:09 AM
#4
Joined: Jun 2017
Posts: 8
Ow yeah let's go!
07-27-2017, 12:31 PM
#5
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Originally Posted by falcon815 View Post
I'm in with the DS version. Chrono Trigger isn't my favorite RPG ever, but it's really, REALLY good, and I'll take a flimsy excuse to play it again. One thing I like about it is that just about any party combination is viable. My first time through, I mostly kept to the first three characters you get and was a magic-heavy team. Since then, I've favored a more physical approach, tending toward using Ayla as much as possible, even to the point of keeping her permanently berserked for random battles. What will I do this time? Hmm...
Yeah I've been trying to think of a way to make it interesting too. Going solo is difficult because everyone revives after every battle. I've read about using the mop as a weapon for the entire game or using only starting equipment. I'm not sure yet. Anyone have a suggestion?
07-27-2017, 02:35 PM
#6
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 338
I'll have to think about that a little, RHess, I'm not familiar with challenge games in CT.

Over work breaks today, I zipped through the first portions of the game and have taken a break at the End of Time. That first boss was rougher than I remember. Had to fight it three times before I could finally keep up with its healing. Probably could have used one more level in the runup to that, but I squeaked through at level 6.

Since then, though, it's been a breeze, mostly by skipping random battles wherever possible and going nuts with MP-consuming abilities if I actually do run into a fight. Wish Marle would learn Ice already so she could be a better attacker, though I did find a decent crossbow for her in one of the factories I went through.
07-27-2017, 07:53 PM
#7
The wait is over! So excited to finally play this game for the first time.
07-27-2017, 08:45 PM
#8
I just got my iPod fixed and downloaded this. It is unbearably fugly on iPad, but looks well enough on the smaller screen.
07-27-2017, 08:47 PM
#9
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 338
Derp, that's where you get magic, falc, geez. How long has it been since I've played Chrono Trigger that I forgot?

(Release Date: November 2008)

...yeah, it's been too long.
07-27-2017, 09:36 PM
#10
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 656
One my favourite RPGs beat his game like 5 to 6 times in my lifetime