Chrono Trigger is a turn-based RPG released on the Super Nintendo, created by a dream team of designers, which is often regarded as the greatest RPG ever made.
Chrono Trigger is a joy to play. Every part of it’s design is intuitive, well thought out and memorable. The time-travelling plot is captivating, the characters are diverse and interesting and the game play is engaging and fun. The beautiful 2D artwork and legendary musical score are imaginative and coupled with fantastic pacing; Chrono Trigger provides a video game experience unlike any other.
The plot involves travelling through time to settings such as prehistoric times, the Middle Ages, the present, a post-apocalyptic future and even to the end of time. The different time periods provide diverse locales and character types, helping to keep the story fresh and entertaining. The main characters are charming and unique. It is easy for the player to grow attached to them throughout the journey and have a genuine interest in their fate. The characters are given great personality and development, from the righteous cursed knight Frog, to the dark anti-hero Magus.
Chrono Trigger utilises a turn-based battle system similar to the Final Fantasy series, but allows for combination attacks between the party members. Battles are fast paced and special attacks are simple to execute, leading to fights that never drag and are always fun and satisfying. It’s this straightforward sense of design in many aspects of Chrono Trigger that has been lost in the development of modern games.
The soundtrack of Chrono Trigger is among the greatest ever produced. Despite the limited hardware, it features so many outstanding tracks and melodies. It includes tracks such as the heroic “Frog’s Theme” that perfectly defines the character, as well as background music such as “Corridor’s of Time” which is so mysterious and unique that it conveys exactly what it would be like to enter the magical kingdom of Zeal. Yasunori Mitsuda created an audio masterpiece that will likely never be surpassed.
Chrono Trigger is a timeless experience that is as good today as it was 15 years ago. If you wish to understand why RPGs are so loved, then you should play Chrono Trigger.