My first exposure to the game was slightly lacklustre. My babysitter thought I would love the game and gave it to me to borrow for months. It sat gathering dust for most of those months. I popped it into my SNES once and proceeded to be annoyed by the festival and then die shortly after going back in time.
As you probably realise, I was a PC adventure gamer during my childhood. I had a SNES but it sat basically untouched as I favoured my PC. I didn't understand leveling up and RPGs really. They seemed convoluted and you could DIE! Die and lose progress!
Dying was a concept I had only begun to understand. Doom and Alien Logic were my only real experiences with video game death. Getting stuck for hours and hours until I solved puzzle I understood but losing your game from dying, because you for got to save, was a whoooooole new experience.
My mum bought me FF6 and it blew my tiny mind. I played that game for so many hours I can tell which version is being played by the dialogue. The dialogue changes so subtlety, I'm not sure how many people noticed or cared. I have every available version on the game (SNES, PS1, Gameboy Advanced and the new graphically spiffed up mobile version! Thanks dad!). Once I realised how amazing this genre was, I was hooked. My next mission was to reacquire Chrono Trigger and give it a fair shot.
The game is inventive, especially for it's time. I had never played an RPG like it. The characters were good, Chrono helped usher in era of the silent protagonist, and the music made me want to dance as I was fighting boss battles.
The combat system was the bomb! Finally we didn't need to wait for screens to load. Battle took place on the same screen, with a small load time for combat stances and extra enemies to arrive. To me, it was a revelation.
As well, characters have special abilities know as techniques. Characters can do single techs by themselves or doubles and triples with multiple characters. It's ideal to test out all party combinations and techs to create a team or multiple teams for any circumstance.
I have left out most of the story details. Why? I assume most of the people who read this site will have played it and if you haven't, I'm not spoiling anything. Also, if you hadn't played this game, where have you been? In a vault? Is this the apocalypse? Are there super mutants running around? No? Go play Chrono Trigger and if you didn't get my Fallout references, go play that too! Experience my childhood joy and one of the games I keep going back too!