Chrono Trigger is widely regarded as one of the best classic Japanese role-playing games ever made, due in no small part to its time-travelling storyline with multiple endings, memorable characters, and epic scope. Since its release on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1995, the game has been ported to several other platforms, including the DS, PlayStation, and iPhone OS.
"What strikes me most about this game is just how well it holds up, now--15 years since its release. I played the DS version last summer, and it feels like it's only gotten better," muses Shacknews user kallanta. "The fantastically varied story, the charming characters, and the (still!) amazing soundtrack work together to create a game that is about as close as this industry gets to timeless. Even better is just how replayable it is! All RPGs should have New Game+ options, and I wish more games with multiple endings would go as far as Chrono Trigger does to make each ending so divergent from the others."
Shacknews user formkatze calls Chrono Trigger a life-changing experience. "[I] was never really interested in RPGs before this, but I've been obsessing over anything chrono-related since then, and have gone on to play and love several titles in the final fantasy series as well. So, it's definitely a gateway drug," he explains. "The most rewarding thing about it is the way you see your actions affecting the world. you grow to care about the characters, so it feels good when you make their lives better. If you haven't played this game, do it, and absolutely do all of the side quests. They're the best part!"
Check out the original Chatty thread for more stories and memories from Chrono Trigger.
Chrono Trigger is a Japanese-style role-playing game in which a young man named Crono goes to the Millennial Fair, where his friend Lucca intends to demonstrate her newest scientific invention: a teleporter. Upon his arrival, Crono meets a young girl named Marle, who volunteers to be the first to test Lucca's new device. However, Marle's pendant influence the teleporter's mechanism in a mysterious way, and she is teleported four hundred years into the past. Crono and Lucca quickly recreate the time portal and follow Marle. They find out that her unexpected appearance in the past has created some confusion, and proceed to fix the error. This leads to unforeseen consequences, eventually compelling the heroes to travel to different time periods and change the history of the world.
MobyGames Classic is our chance to look back at the games that helped shape the video game industry with the help of our sister site MobyGames.com. It combines a short history lesson on the title and anecdotes from the Shacknews community.