Final Fantasy IV

LQ: 8.9

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Brain grade: 8.5
Fun score: 9.3

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

Final Fantasy IV follows the adventures of Cecil, a knight of a powerful monarchy that seeks to grow their power with mysterious, powerful crystals. When his orders cause him to unwittingly destroy a small village, Cecil abandons the monarch. Players help Cecil battle enemies, explore the world and take on quests, upgrading his skills to make him a stronger knight as he rebels against the monarch. There is mild violence but no blood, and some reading skills are required in order to understand menu descriptions and follow the plot, which revolves around moral dilemmas. Due to the game’s mild violence, themes and required reading, Final Fantasy IV is recommended for players ages 10 and up.


This Game is Good for Kids Who Need Help With:

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Final Fantasy IV is a rather long and difficult game. The game's story is massive, and the battles themselves can take quite some time to complete. Players will have to stick through many long battles that could take more than one attempt to beat. Fortunately, the game has an excellent story, and players will want to stick with their characters in order to see how their journey plays out. While players are free to explore the world, in order to advance the story they will have to pay close attention to information given out by other in-game characters, which help direct them as to where to go and what to do next.

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

The turn-based nature of the game's battle allow players to take the time to carefully plan out their actions and form strategies. Players can choose to attack enemies, cast magic spells and use helpful items mid-battle. Some enemies have weaknesses that can be exploited, like being more supsceptible to ice spells than sword attacks. Players need to also ensure they take steps to protect themselves from enemy retaliations, as their foes get to attack once their turn is up. Furthermore, players can earn experience points used to improve characters' attributes by "grinding." This term refers to the act of continually fighting weaker enemies to gain experience points and upgrade one's characters. Doings so before fighting a very tough enemy can prove very helpful, allowing characters to take less damage, learn new skills and attack with more power.

Organization

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

Final Fantasy IV encourages players to stay organized by putting them in situations where having the best gear is a must. Monsters get stronger as the game progresses, so players must manage their money, and use it to buy the best weapons and armor. Good equipment can also be found by defeating monsters, adding to the amount of gear for players to sort through. Players will also want to have a good supply of items ranging from basic healing potions, to elixirs that can restore skill points for special attacks. Staying organized is key for sorting different gear, making it easy to see what items to keep and what items to sell for new things.

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