Android Candy: Party Like It's 1994!

I really stink at video games. I write about gaming occasionally, but the truth of the matter is, I'm just not very good. If we play Quake, you'll frag me just about as often as I respawn. I don't have great reflexes, and my coordination is horrible. But if you give me an RPG, a 12-pack of Coke, and a three-day weekend, I'll be a level 96 blood elf by dawn of the second day.

Yes, in my youth I was a bit of a nerd. I stayed home weekends playing Chrono-trigger, The Secret of Mana, Zelda, Dragon Warrior and, of course, Final Fantasy. I was happy to discover the other day that those same Final Fantasy games I loved as a youngster are available in all their remade glory on the Android platform! They are unfortunately a little pricey, with each installment weighing in at $15.99, but they've been re-created specifically for the touch screen, and they are really fun!

If you wonder which game to buy (and you don't plan to buy them all, like some of us did), I highly recommend Final Fantasy VI. It was the best game on the Super Nintendo, and I think it's the best game on Android as well. Of course, if you're okay with slightly more awkward gameplay, the old titles are easy to find in ROM format in the questionable corners of the Internet. There are several really good SNES emulators for Android that will allow you to play those original ROM files completely free. Honestly, however, if you can afford the $15.99, the remakes are far more enjoyable to play.

Check them out on the Google Play Store:

Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.

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