So I don't usually go on the defensive for a game and I sincerely believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I want to stand up and say I like Final Fantasy: All The Bravest. In the interest of full disclosure I will say I started playing the series at Final Fantasy VII (borrowing a friends PlayStation, I was an early SEGA then Nintendo 64 kid) then followed that up with VIII, X (one of my all time favourite games) and finally III on the DS. I also put ton of hours into Dissidia ... such an overlooked game.
I am by no means a Final Fantasy zealot and I have little nostalgia for the old series. I can appreciate why people love them, but I get more out of retro SEGA games than any SNES/NES games. I'm saying all this because I don't want to be dubbed a Final Fantasy apologist or fanboy for liking this game.
What's good about it;
- The concept is good - Final Fantasy battles on a large scale with tons of shit going on at once.
- It's my new "waiting at the burger place" or "killing time the ads are on TV" type game. It's so simple to play that I can do it to pass the time and pause it whenever
- Despite what people say you can bail on any battle without using the Golden Hourglass, get your team back and then do an earlier level to grind more levels and get new weapons. You don't have to play to get ahead
- I've bought a few of the premium charatcers and it's kind of cool seeing the 8-bit version of them. For the record I got Cloud on the first go, so it's not rigged to put the popular ones last
- The game isn't too short, and realistically the in-app purchases are optional. You don't have to buy any extra characters if you don't want and the Golden Hourglasses are their for convience. I mean waiting three-minutes to revive a character isn't that bad and the Fever mode, where you can attack non-stop for I think 30-seconds, comes every three hours. The point is you can play the game in bursts which is fine for an iPhone game
- I like it more than some other hyped games - Fruit Ninja, Doodle Jump, etc.
What I don't like
- It should be cheaper, $1.99 at the most, 99c is ideal though
- The fact you have to rub the screen to attack ... seriously, there is NEVER a time I don't want to attack. Why would you ever relent? I get that it might be necessary during the "Fever" mode, but otherwise just give me an attack button
- Not being able to select targets means a baddie near death can be ignored while a healthier enemy attacks your team. Even if it's one target at a time, let me pick!
- It would be good if I could group characters by their types (magic, fighter, etc) and use them that way ... enemies have weaknesses it seems, but you can't exploit them
- The Gil should be used to buy equipment or hire characters. You can't buy Gil (nor should you) but you can't spend it either. If you could customise your team there would be at least a little strategy.
I think people get hung up on extras you don't have to buy. I bought the game ($4.50), five premium characters ($5), 20 Golden Hourglasses ($3) and the FF VII map ($4.50) - so all up I've spent $17. Honestly that's more than I should have spent... I'd probably only buy the game and two premium characters if I had my time again (they have good attacks, but that said the Onion Knight is better than any premium I've seen and they're free).
It's an iPhone game, it's not a main line Final Fantasy game. People need to adjust their expectations. I'm not saying it's the best game ever, and I'd even say it's very flawed to the point I rated in 3 out of 5 on the app store. But a few updates and it could be a better game. I'd recommend it, just not unreservedly.