Chrono Trigger is an epic adventure across time and space. You, the player, star as the spiky, red-haired Crono. At the start of the game, your mom wakes you up just as the Leenes bell rings signaling start of the millennial fair, and your journey begins. The game gods make you run into a girl that is thrown back into time, starting a chain of events sending you on a quest to save the world from a planet-destroying parasite known as Lavos.
Throughout Chrono Trigger, you are sent to time periods ranging from the prehistoric era, where you find yourself running with dinosaurs and cavemen, all the way to the end of time, a bleak void where history and humanity are all but forgotten. Some of the most notable times players remember are the kingdom of Zeal in 12,000 B.C. – a kingdom ruled by magic and knowledge – to the Middle Ages, sometime around 600 A.D. You can also travel to the future: 2300 A.D., a desolate and destroyed era. During your exploits you will meet every kind of creature from cavemen and talking dinosaurs, to sword wielding frogs, mages, and robots.
The game is one of the first games that introduced us to the ATB or Active Time Battle. It made you think on your toes, as you couldn’t plan out your attacks like in older RPGs, where the enemy would just wait. You could be attacked while choosing your attack or even using items. Another feature was the tech and combo system. You could combine skills with the other two characters and activate dual and even triple techs. One of the most famous, and one of my personal favorites, X-strike is a dual tech used by Crono and Frog. There are a plethora of techs and triple techs to use to your advantage.
The music of Chrono Trigger is fantastic, brilliantly written by Yasunori Mitsuda and composed by the amazing Nobuo Uematsu. I remember when I was a kid in the nineties, hearing that opening score for the first time. It sounded amazing to me. I listened to it over and over again. Something about it resonated with me, and I was hooked instantly. Each character has unique theme music, ranging from soft and sweet, to epic and dark.
The story, in my opinion, is one of the greatest RPG stories ever told. It is wonderfully written and has you wanting to learn more. I know it kept me going and wanting to find out what was going to happen next. There are a few holes but, hey, it’s a game about time travel so there are bound to be a few plot holes. For example, when running a dungeon known as “The Black Omen,” you can run it in several different time periods such as, 12,000 B.C., 600 A.D., and 1000 A.D. If you run the later dungeon first, and then go back to the earliest run, the boss won’t be there, even though technically, it should be.
In closing, I would say if you haven’t tried out Chrono Trigger, it is a must for any RPG fan. You can find it on SNES, DS, and PlayStation One. Just remember that the PlayStation port has lag issues when going into battles.