Final Fantasy III

LQ: 8.5


Brain grade: 8.2
Fun score: 8.7

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Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Platform/Console: , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 9+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

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When four orphans hear a mysterious voice beckoning them from a strange crystal, they learn that they must join together to battle an evil force threatening their world. Players guide the orphans as they battle ghastly monsters and explore the world in search of answers. Players can use the touch screen to maneuver characters, manage items and equipment, and issue commands in turn-based battles. Final Fantasy III requires some reading, but features no blood and only mild fantasy violence, so it is recommended for players ages 9 and up.


This Game is Good for Kids Who Need Help With:


Arranging and coordinating materials and activities in order to complete a task. Organizing ideas.

During their adventure, players will acquire various items and equipment to help their characters, like new armor, weaponry and items. In order to maximize the effectiveness of each member of their party, players will need to manage their inventory and ensure each character is equipped with the best possible gear. By putting their goods in order, players can don stronger armor, use more powerful weapons, and utilize different items to boost their characters' attributes. As the game progresses, enemies become tougher to beat, so keeping characters up to date with the best equipment becomes a necessity.


Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Players must plan their attacks carefully when fighting monsters during the game's strategic, turn-based battles. Once players engage in battle, they will be granted access to a menu of actions. These actions include attack, magic, guard, and item. Some enemies are weaker to physical attacks, so players may want to think ahead and have the strongest fighter go in first to deal melee damage. Another monster may be susceptible to magic, so players may then want to have their most intelligent mage use a lightening spell on it. Also, if a character is in need of healing, it may be best for players to not attack for one turn, and use a character with white magic to cast a life-replenishing spell on the injured comrade. The key to surviving the game's more challenging battles is to think strategically and always be one step ahead of the enemy.

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