IGN writes: "Crimson Gem Saga knows exactly what it is: a simple, old-school, effortlessly effective throwback to the good ol' days when a solid battle system, enjoyable story, banter-heavy characters, constant upgrade cycles for equipment and just enough depth to keep one going were paramount. It's so amazingly retro, but it doesn't feel old. In truth, the game is about as fitting a tribute to the games that came before while still including just enough of the newer advancements to make it all seem like the game old-school RPG fans have been waiting for since the PSP was introduced. If you've ever loved a classic JRPG, this is the game for you, and if you haven't, this is probably the more inoffensive way to get a peek at what we were all playing a decade or more ago. It doesn't really do anything new, but it's so comfortable in its skin that that doesn't matter. It revels in its simplicity. And so did I".