Buried within news of yesterday's release of Final Fantasy 7 for iOS was the launch of the Final Fantasy Portal app - a one-stop shop for all things Final Fantasy. It's out now on the App Store and Google Play.
This isn't particularly interesting in of itself; the Portal app links to news items and information Square Enix has recently released about the role-playing series. But it's worth a download, because it also includes access to Triple Triad and a free download of Final Fantasy 1.
Triple Triad is the card game featured in Final Fantasy 8. The smartphone version is free-to-download with in-app purchases. I've been through the tutorial and played a few games. There are typical free-to-play mechanics, including a timer on Crystal refil, and an in-game currency, gil, which you can buy with real-world money. Here's the breakdown:
- 120 gil - 79p
- 680 gil - £3.99
- 1460 gil - £7.99
- 3400 gil - £14.99
- 1 - 100 gil
- 6 - 500 gil
- 17 - 1200 gil
- 50 - 3000 gil
For a limited time you can use the Portal app to download Final Fantasy 1 for free, which is a nice bonus. But it's worth noting you have to play the game through the Portal app, which is a bit of a pain. This offer ends 6:59am UK time on 1st September.
You'll need an iPhone 4 or later/iPad/iPod touch (4th gen or later) to use the Portal app.