One of the greatest RPGs of all time got a surprise release on PC today. Chrono Trigger, the Super Nintendo classic from a who’s who of JRPG talent, is now available on Steam.
This is a straight port of the mobile version, which has several players upset in the Steam review section. Chrono Trigger is currently running a “Mostly Negative” rating, due to poor optimization and an interface that is more suitable to touch screens. At least it isn’t butt ugly like that Final Fantasy VI port. Since it is the mobile port, it does contain the bonus dungeons that were included in the DS and mobile versions.
Square-Enix has regularly released their back catalog onto Steam, including an HD remaster of Final Fantasy XII as their most recent trip to past. Usually there is a bit more fanfare than there was for Chrono Trigger, which just showed up on Steam this morning. Hard to believe, considering it is one of the most celebrated JRPGs ever.
For the uninitiated, Chrono Trigger tells a story of friendship and a struggle to save the world against seemingly insurmountable odds. A group of friends must travel to different periods throughout history in an attempt to stop Lavos, a powerful alien entity who lives inside the planet. Lavos is slowly draining energy from the world, and will eventually unleash use that power to destroy all life unless you can stop it.
Chrono Trigger features some great story elements, an amazing soundtrack by Nobuo Uematsu, and, if you couldn’t tell, a serious nostalgia factor for yours truly. It is available on Steam for $14.99. It’s development team consists of the creators of Dragon Quest, Dragon Ball, and Final Fantasy. Even if it is not the best port in the world, any turn-based RPG fan owes it to themselves to take a turn on the Epoch to take on Magus.