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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Square Enix has released a remastered version of classic roleplaying game Final Fantasy VIII for iPhone and iPad.

Final Fantasy VIII originally launched on PlayStation way back in 1999, and while its predecessor is considered the true classic in video game history, the eighth installment in the franchise still sold more than 9.6 million units worldwide.

This port for iOS and Android is of the remastered version, which came to consoles including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam in 2019.

As a remaster, it features updated visuals and character models, as well as new in-game features including Battle Assist, which maxes out your hit points, an option to turn off enemy encounters except big event battles, and a speed boost feature that lets you play through the game at three times the default speed.

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is available for iPhone and iPad as a one-off purchase, costing $16.99 for a limited time. After April 4, the price increases to $20.99. [Direct Link] Note that the app requires approximately 2.6GB to download, so make sure you download over Wi-Fi and you've got plenty of free storage space on your device, which will need to be running iOS 13 or later.

Article Link: Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Now Available on iPhone and iPad


macrumors 604
Sep 7, 2010
Loved that game but I still can’t get used to gaming on an iPad or iPhone.
Final Fantasy games (really, turn based RPGs in general) are one of the few types of games that I don't mind playing on a touchscreen. You're mostly just tapping through menus and text anyway, which is actually easier on a touchscreen. I played through all of FFVI and IX on iOS devices, and would probably get this one too if I didn't recently play through it on my Switch.


macrumors regular
Sep 23, 2019
FF7R was the first FF game I played, it was amazing. But idk if FF would be fun on iPad, let alone iPhone. It's currently A$26.99. Not sure if I should get it.


macrumors regular
Dec 17, 2018
So many memories here lol. Renzokuken -> Lionheart. Rinoa... Zell... Seifer being a total scrub after being so cool for like 3 discs lol. Going through the entire game at the lowest level possible until making it to the Island Closest to Hell/Heaven. Omega Weapon. Summons that actually meant something for awhile. Never actually casting magic :D Gunblades ? Ultimecia, Laguna's battle music, all stats going to 255, hitting Level 100 vs. 99, good times.


macrumors 601
Aug 24, 2012
Spain, Europe
Great memories, I still have the original PSX game. However... This remaster is better than nothing, don’t get me wrong, but the extremely blurry backgrounds make me sad, and I would rather play a version with upscaled backgrounds, even if it’s using AI, like the mods of the FF IX. But on iOS/iPadOS we cannot run emulators, so I’ll wait for a remake of this great game, if it happens at some point. In the meantime, I will play remastered mods of games I own, on an emulator on my mac.


Jul 2, 2020
Be nice if this was on Apple TV with game controller support
This... and add Apple Silicon Mac Support for all new and actively updated games that don't have touch screen required functionality and I would seriously be tempted to grab a Mac Mini even though I have a Windows 10 PC. I wish all the Dragon Quest ports also weren't bound to tablets/phones, I think Square Enix is seriously missing a lot of opportunities here.
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