When Chrono Trigger first appeared on the Super Nintendo console in 1995, it quickly became regarded as one of the most unique and impressive RPG releases to hit the system. Not only was the game developed by a who's who of some of the greatest RPG designers in the industry, but the finished product showed a level of polish that few RPG fans had seen up to that point. While the game came late in the life cycle of the Super Nintendo console, it's gone on to become one of the most collectible RPGs available for the system and a game that still draws raves from role-playing game fans even still today, almost fifteen years later.
Chrono Trigger takes the ATB, or "Active-Time-Battle" system from Final Fantasy VI and improves upon it even further. Now you can perform attacks called "Techs" that are basically specialized attack moves that can dish out devastating hits upon enemies. You can also team up with a party member or two and put your tech powers together to perform "Double" and "Triple" Techs for really devastating results. These special attacks will come in very handy with some of the stronger enemies and bosses you'll face throughout the game. As with Final Fantasy VI, magic also plays a key role in Chrono Trigger, as you'll soon find out.
Square has always had a knack for really bringing some of the best music to their RPGs, but they've truly outdone themselves with the musical score in Chrono Trigger. The game has some of the most beautiful music you'll ever hear in a video game. From the softer ballads, to the up-tempo battle tunes, there's just so much musical intensity throughout the game. Every piece of music composed for each area has a very distinctive mood to it that always seems to fit the setting of the scene perfectly. In truth, there's not a mediocre track in the entire soundtrack and you'll soon find that the music just keeps getting better and better the further into the game you progress. It's easily one of the most amazing musical performances ever created for a video game and a fitting addition to such a well-rounded video game package.
There's absolutely no denying that Chrono Trigger is, and will always be, one of the most unforgettable RPG experiences ever to grace a video game console. Even the first time you play the game you'll immediately know that you're playing something special and a game you're not likely to ever forget. Not only is every area of the game top tier, but the game also brings so many new ideas to the table that give the game its unique look and feel. If you're an RPG fan, this is one title that you absolutely must own in some shape or form. It's one of the absolute pinnacles of 16-bit era gaming and a testament to how truly remarkable a system the Super Nintendo console turned out to be for RPG fans.