"So Much Class!"
There are not many genres that can transition easily from a tactile-based control system to one that is decidedly not. Fortunately, the tried-and-true, turn-based, active-time-battle RPG formula can be straightforwardly adapted to mobile touch screen devices. You place your finger anywhere on the screen and a makeshift eight-directional pad pops up for you to guide your character. Various on-screen icons and prompts take care of any miscellaneous commands that you need to execute: hopping onto a vehicle (like airships and those docile Chocobos), attacking (physically or magically), defending, talking, buying/selling, equipping items, etc.
While you can normally only save on the world map / field or at a myriad of save points, in order to make the game more friendly for speedy, pick-up-and-play accessibility, you can also thankfully initiate a quicksave at any point.
As far as presentation goes, I have played Final Fantasy V many times before, so hearing its tunes still gives me goosebumps, even if I do consider it to be one of the weaker soundtracks in the series. Avoiding the undeniably dated 3D visuals of the DS remakes, V still resembles its 16-bit heritage with its blocky aesthetic and static, top-down camera view. However, this version has been revamped for a more modern, cleaner, crisper look, with finer, beautifully detailed Yoshitaka Amano illustrations used for character portraits. My only gripe, and it is a fairly petty one, is that there was not anything particularly wrong with how the original looked, as its retro look is one that ages quite well.
That is Final Fantasy V at its essence. It may not be the best of the series, but it has stood the test of time and, as an example of how to make a role-playing game on mobile platforms, it certainly is the pinnacle.
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