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Chrono Trigger port finally comes to Windows

Two million copies of Chrono Trigger were sold in Japan in just two months. (Source: Polygon)
Two million copies of Chrono Trigger were sold in Japan in just two months. (Source: Polygon)
The classic Japanese role-playing game Chrono Trigger has just been released for Microsoft Windows. A surprise announcement in regard to the game's launch was made on Steam today. The popular game was originally released in 1995 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and has previously been ported to the PlayStation, the Nintendo DS and to mobile platforms (Android, iOS), but there has never been a PC version before.

What happens when you combine the talents of Hironobu Sakaguchi (creator of the Final Fantasy series), Akira Toriyama (the man behind Dragon Ball) and Yuji Horii (Dragon Quest’s creator)? Chrono Trigger is what happens. This adventure game is often classed as one of the greatest games ever made and has a healthy Metacritic aggregate score of 92/100 for the DS version. Critics praised the gameplay, immersive story, high replay value and the graphics. But in over two decades of life the game had not been made available for playing on a PC, until now.

Naturally, a game with such a beloved reputation being released in such a surprising manner for the PC should be met with fanfare and overwhelming delight from legions of Japanese role-playing game (JRPG) fans. However, there appears to be a considerable amount of negative feedback for the port at the moment. Gamers have been complaining that the port is mostly derived from the mobile version of the game, meaning the touchscreen UI is still present and the graphics are not up to scratch for the Windows platform.

The game's announcement on Steam does mention a number of features, including higher resolution graphics and updated game controls. Regardless of the less than positive comments the port has been receiving, it still offers the opportunity for PC gamers to spend many hours playing this classic game from Square (now Square Enix).

It’s possible to buy Chrono Trigger from Steam for US$14.99/£11.99.

Enjoy a blast from the past with the PC port of Chrono Trigger. (Source: Steam)
Enjoy a blast from the past with the PC port of Chrono Trigger. (Source: Steam)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-02-27 (Update: 2018-02-27)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.