Square Enix’s new apps are a dream come true for Final Fantasy nerds


Final Fantasy VII is coming to iOS
Final Fantasy VII is coming to iOS
Photo: Square Enix

It might be kind of hard to keep up with all of the Final Fantasy news that’s suddenly everywhere. We have a high-definition remake and an iOS port of PlayStation 1 classic role-playing game Final Fantasy VII in the works, the weird and cute-ish World of Final Fantasy, and trailers everywhere.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a hub that will make keeping track of all of this stuff way easier, developer Square Enix is ready to help you out with that too, thanks to the new Final Fantasy Portal app coming out for iOS

Final Fantasy VII and XIII headed to iOS in Japan


Final Fantasy VII is finally coming to iOS -- although in a slightly different way than you might expect.
Final Fantasy VII is finally coming to iOS -- although in a slightly different way than you might expect.

Fans have been clamouring for an iOS port of the later Final Fantasy games for years, but it looks as though publisher Square Enix is set to go one step further — announcing that not only will some of these titles soon be making their way to mobile, but also that the company behind them is experimenting with a new cloud-based mobile streaming service called Dive In.

Dive In is set to debut October 9 with an initial offering of three games, including Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy 13 and The Cherry Blossom Murders.

The only problem? You guessed it: currently the service is only available in Japan.

Dear Rovio, don’t make this Angry Birds movie



Angry Birds movie taking flight

Can Rovio dodge the curse of the video game movie when it brings Angry Birds to the big screen?


Take all the butt-kicking action of the King of Iron Fist Tournament, add Jon Foo, and what could go wrong? Well, just about any animated character is a better actor than Foo. And the draw for the game — with combat action in the round — is kind of a given, you know, in an actual film.

Street Fighter

Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in this adaptation-lite of the relentlessly brutal game. The film includes a few comic interludes to really horrify anyone watching it.

Resident Evil

Confession: There was many a cheap thrill to be had with the epic PlayStation game upon which this film was based. Hooked up to a halfway decent stereo, the haunted-house aspect with the tense music and fright factor got me. Every. Single. Time. The movie? Less of a jolt and more one long, boring buzz. The franchise holds the record for most film adaptations -- evidently they’re still trying to get it right.

DOA: Dead or Alive

Another multi-fighter mega-flop, this one offers equal opportunity for bad moviemaking. It stars Holly Valance, Devon Aoki and Sarah Carter as gals out to win a martial arts contest.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Even Angelina Jolie, whose eye-popping curves perfectly embody everyone’s favorite archaeologist/adventuress, couldn’t save this. And neither could Daniel Craig. The movie made a vast, glittering pile of cash, so they made another one that was panned even more harshly than the original.

Mortal Kombat

The draw of the game was partially due to using real actors as opposed to drawings -- that's why there's a huge cult of them.


Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Usually you don’t think of games as having great plots (like porn?) but the later iterations of Prince of Persia actually did. Epic journeys, curses, trials to overcome, etc. -- Joseph Campbell probably would have approved. Shame about the movie. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the prince and Ben Kingsley as the baddie. It made a ton of money but also made your life pointlessly shorter by 116 minutes.

Super Mario Bros.

I’ll have a super-size dose of whatever the guys who green-lighted an entire movie based on the adventures of two Italian-American plumbers in Brooklyn had. Sure, there are floods and romance and dinosaur bones and villains to be fought. But the movie was a super bob-omb, even though the best costume award it won means we’ll be seeing variations on the amiable Bob Hoskins' Mario outfit for many Halloweens to come.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

This is one of those straight-outta-Japan offerings that you either get or don’t. I never got it. The game or the movie. The animated film about a dystopian future besieged by aliens won plaudits for its amazing animation, fruit of a team of 200 and four years of effort. But the movie tanked, bringing Square Pictures down with it.

Max Payne

Director John Moore brought the story of cold-case detective Max Payne on a mission to life in this “neo-noir action” flick. It’s only loosely based on the game, and Mark Wahlberg fits the lead role about as well as a pair of too-old Calvin boxers with crenelated elastic.

Angry Birds is coming to a big screen near you. Rovio Entertainment is taking the epic battle of birds-versus-pigs from your iPhone to the cinema, in 3-D, and launching it into the wide, wide world in July 2016.

We’re aflutter with anticipation: Can they actually make a movie based on a video game worth watching? It’s happened time and time again that our favorite living room brain-cell killer was transported to the land of plush seats and buttery popcorn only to disappoint.

Most video games turn into celluloid duds even though we stupidly paid to see them; Rotten Tomatoes gives Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within only a 44 percent approval rating. The rest go down from there.

In the gallery above, you’ll find a brutal rundown of the best of the worst video game-cum-movies that Rovio should watch — as a reminder of what not to do.

Deadman’s Cross Blends iOS Card Game Battles With First Person Shooting Action



Today sees the iOS launch of Deadman’s Cross, a zombie-themed collectible card battle RPG from Square Enix, the company behind Final Fantasy and the multimillion-download hit Guardian Cross.

Set sixteen years in the future, the game takes place in a zombie apocalypse in which a rampant virus has turned large numbers of people into the walking dead.

Apple Inches Closer To Health-Tracking Domination On Our Newest CultCast



With rumors of a new Apple-made “fitness app” coming to iOS 8, secret meetings with the FDA, and murmurs of more sleep and fitness experts joining the Apple ranks, the iWatch rumors are heating up on this week’s CultCast! Plus, a classic Nintendo game makes its way to iOS; Microsoft says goodbye to the one and only Steve Ballmer; and new job openings in Cupertino could mean big upgrades in battery life for future MacBooks…

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Final Fantasy III from Square Enix, originally released in 1997, currently costs $15.99 on iPhone.
Final Fantasy III from Square Enix, originally released in 1997, currently costs $15.99 on iPhone.