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Gamestyle Retro Review: Chrono Trigger (10/10)

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''In over nine hundred years into the future, the world will be brought to ruin by a creature called Lavos, summoned from the depths of the earth. It originally arrived in pre-historic times, falling from the sky and causing a huge crater where it lived for millenia, slowly absorbing the planet's life energy. In the Middle Ages, centuries before the present day, a man named Magus summoned Lavos - it will awaken finally in the year 1999, where it will cause the skies to rain fire, wiping out civilisations and condemning mankind to a life of hopeless ruin and despair. Of course, this is all unknown to a boy named Crono, peacefully living out his life in the present day of the year 1000. It's the Millenium fair, and he's going to enjoy himself!

As a Squaresoft RPG, Chrono Trigger sets itself apart from the usual Final Fantasy motif. In fact, the simplified approach it takes can barely categorise itself into the 'RPG' niche. Stats are updated automatically, magic (or 'Tech') spells are learned automatically through normal 'leveling-up', and only one weapon type is used per character. It's an accessable, enjoyable, adventure/RPG hybrid that breathed life into the genre.

Little does Crono realise a chance encounter with a girl named Marle will soon send him off on an adventure through the very fabric of space and time itself. For Marle is a Princess of the royal family, and her pendant carries strange powers. An accident at the Millenium Fair sees Crono, Marle and, Crono's inventive friend Lucca teleported from the present day through a machine built by Lucca, with Marle's pendant acting as the 'key' to opening the rift in time. A freak accident indeed, but a fateful one also. Appearing in the same location 400 years earlier, our trio of soon-to-be heroes are caught up in a battle against a warlord from the south named Magus, and his armies of Reptile creatures, intent on ruling the world of humans. His motives are initially unclear, however it soon becomes apparent that he is up to something far greater than territorial dominance.''

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