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Derivative! Simplistic! Two traits that help make this a supreme classic for all time. J. P. Gray (120) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Quirky Anime-style Time Travel Kit Simmons (264) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
A really upbeat title. It's my favourite game, and that for many reasons. Bregalad (972) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Do you like the hair? Iris-chan (72) unrated
A very shallow RPG. Too easy, too kiddy, too dull. kbmb (435) unrated
Gotta Go Back In Time.... MasterMegid (902) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
The best RPG of all-time? Quite possibly. lechuck13 (357) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The best SNES RPG, hands-down. Rufus Shinra (23) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.2
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
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Overall User Score (312 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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Just Games Retro (May 16, 2016)
It’s surprisingly difficult for me to put into words just how much I enjoyed Chrono Trigger. It really made me feel like a kid again, in the sense that I would be at work and think to myself, “man, I can’t wait to get out of here and go home so I can fire up Chrono Trigger again”, and playing through it for the first time made me feel like someone watching Breaking Bad or The Wire for the first time; you really get the feeling you’re witnessing a masterpiece unfold before you, and you can’t wait to see where it takes you next. If you’ve never played this game before, even if you normally hate RPG’s, I urge, no, I implore, nope, I DEMAND you at least give Chrono Trigger a play. If you’ve played it before, I say pop it in again. If I had Men in Black technology, I’d neuralyze myself so I could play through this fresh again. It should be no surprise after all this that I’m giving Chrono Trigger the full five stars, and even THAT might be underselling it.
Superjuegos (Mar, 2008)
Aquellos que han disfrutado de Chrono Trigger son unos privilegiados El resto debería agotar todas ias vías para descubrir esta obra fabulosa, un RPG que redifinió el genero y cuya magia permanece inalterable.
100 (Aug 27, 2009)
Chrono Trigger est le 3ème larron du trio de la mort-qui-tue-tout du RPG old-school, aux côtés de The legend of Zelda: A Link to the past et de Final Fantasy VI. Chrono Trigger prend ce qu’il y a de mieux chez les RPG au tour par tour en jetant à la poubelle toute la lourdeur qui caractérise habituellement ce type de jeu. Conséquence: à vouloir écrémer on perd certes un tout petit peu en profondeur, mais question fun par contre… Bah… C’est fun quoi!
Lens of Truth (Feb 20, 2011)
Chrono Trigger is a game that is well worth the praise it received. This is a game that you can come back to years down the road and still enjoy it just as much as your first play through. With a total of two remakes on the market there is really no reason to have not played this game, even if you missed out on the rare SNES version.
Für seine Zeit ist "Chrono Trigger" wirklich einmalig und punktet mit extrem viel Abwechslung. Auch technisch kann es voll überzeugen, sowohl damals auf dem Super Nintendo wie auch noch heute auf dem Nintendo DS. Etwas negativ fallen nur die kurzen, in ewiger Schleife ertönenden Melodien auf, die in manchen Fällen ganz schön nerven können. Die 12 bzw. 13 unterschiedlichen Lösungsmöglichkeiten erhöhen den Wiederspielwert nach dem ersten Durchgang, für den man 20 bis 30 Stunden benötigen wird. So wie es sich für mich darstellt, wird "Chrono Trigger" seinem Ruf durchaus gerecht, auch wenn es meiner Meinung nach weder an "Secret of Mana" noch an "Final Fantasy 6" ganz herankommt und mir deshalb im Allgemeinen leicht überbewertet erscheint.
Nintendo Life (Nov 07, 2009)
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.
The Video Game Critic (Oct 18, 2005)
The story is a work of art, and obviously a lot of thought went into the various subplots and determining how events affect each outcome. Throw in some fun mini-games, a bunch of enjoyable side quests, and some pop culture references, and you have one of the most enjoyable RPGs ever made.
Gamestyle (Aug 11, 2008)
Needless to say, this a must-have game for any RPG fan, or any adventure fan. It is a tragedy that it never saw a European release, however it should be sought out in any way possible. This one is timeless.
GamePro (US) (Sep, 1995)
Chrono Trigger is another satisfying and superlative game from Square. If you've finished FF III and are itching for some fantasy field work, pick this one up. Thankfully, the fantasy isn't final yet.
Playback (Jan, 2006)
Czego zatem Państwo oczekują od gry? By trzymała w napięciu do samego końca? By posiadała sympatycznych bohaterów, z którymi można się identyfikować? By grało się w nią lekko i przyjemnie, a jednocześnie by czas przy niej spędzony nie wydał się czasem zmarnowanym? By posiadała ładną grafikę (a ta jak na SNES jest wręcz piękna) i miłą dla ucha muzykę? By była maksymalnie grywalna i wygodna w obsłudze? By postacie zaprojektował Akira Toriyama? Byście Państwo zwyczajnie chcieli w nią z ochotą grać? Oto więc jeszcze raz przedstawiam Państwu Chrono Triggera, grę, która spełni wszystkie te warunki.
Chrono Trigger proves to be a wonderful game on many levels. The quests and dialogue keep the story moving along at a good pace and the battle sequences prove to be challenging as well as a visual delight. For one RPG standing among titles such as Final Fantasy and Legend of Zelda, Chrono Trigger proves its mettle.
The team made a game that was revolutionary in so many ways, it's hard to count. With a grand storyline, one of the best casts of characters I had ever seen, exquisite character design, a very fun and customizable battle system, an engorgement of unique monsters, awesome bosses, great graphics, a superb soundtrack, and a great replay value makes Chrono Trigger a great example of what a real classic, and game, for that matter, is and should be.
100 (GAF) (Jul 26, 2005)
Chrono Trigger is a true classic that is regarded by many as one of the best RPGs of all time. It is my personal favorite, and I still consider it to be the greatest RPG ever made. It is the RPG by which all others should be judged by, in terms of gameplay, story, sound, and overall quality. I’ve wanted to write a review of Chrono Trigger for a long time, but I was afraid I wouldn’t do the game justice. Well, I’ve finally decided to try my best to write a review that captures the essence of this amazing game. Believe me; it's better than I make it sound.
Electric Playground (Aug 17, 1995)
I can go on about the many specifics that I love about this game but it's far easier for me to tell you, without the slightest reservation, that if you are even mildly interested in RPG's, this is the get-off-yer-butt-right-now-and-snag-it-up must buy for the year.
Original Gamer (Aug 31, 2009)
In summation, Chrono Trigger is one of the finest RPG's ever made and would definitely find a place on my Top Ten Video Games Ever list (if I could ever get past number 3...) This is one of the games so close to perfection that any complaint one can muster up is minor by any measure. The story's great, the characters are memorable, the gameplay is totally solid, and most importantly, the game is FUN! The pacing is wonderful, as the game never feels like it slows down or loses its way. Any fans of RPG's, the SNES, or just great games (which should be everyone!) needs to check out Chrono Trigger!
AllRPG (2004)
Nearly a decade ago, Squaresoft released Chrono Trigger, to unsuspecting gamers and subsequently set up a series fan base exceeded only by Square’s other big-name franchise, Final Fantasy. From the moment Chrono Trigger was released, it was lauded by many as one of the best RPGs to date, and it still to this day occupies prime real estate atop many a RPG gamer’s favorites list. Chrono Trigger even transcended the genre, inspiring those evasive to RPGs to give this title a try, much like Final Fantasy VII would do a few years later. For many, Chrono Trigger was the first RPG they played, and because of that, Chrono Trigger remains a classic of the genre, and for many, an exemplar of the genre itself.
Random Access (Feb 07, 2013)
Chrono Trigger still stands as the epitome of RPGs in the 16-bit era. It heralds from a simpler time when monster collection or excessive customization weren't such common commodities. It may also have been the first RPG to have more than one ending... or more than ten, as the case may be. Instead, Chrono Trigger stands as royalty in the realms of storytelling, character arcs, and classic RPG gameplay. Fans of RPGs should not miss out on what many consider to be the pinnacle of the genre, and those who don't normally venture this way in their gaming time should seriously reconsider, as they are missing out on a true gaming masterpiece and one of the finest digital art pieces of all time.
Many enthusiasts will even proclaim it the greatest video game of all time. Bold words, yet Chrono Trigger has the dynamic gameplay punch to back them up.
1UP! (Dec 02, 2005)
Chrono Trigger est parsemé de scènes étourdissantes, poignantes, dans la grande tradition épique des jeux de rôle sur consoles. Il a marqué le genre de son empreinte et laissé un souvenir indélébile dans l'esprit des joueurs, mais aussi, comme bien d'autres jeux, il a contribué à faire de la Super Nintendo un monstre sacré, assurant à cette dernière de ne jamais être oubliée, quelles que soient les consoles qui lui succèdent, et quels que soient les efforts de compagnies mastodontes souhaitant effacer cet héritage handicapant pour leurs objectifs ambitieux. Plus encore que le jeu même, c'est cette extraordinaire réunion de talents par les forces d'un hasard divin et généreux, ou décidément peut-être lui aussi amateur de grandes histoires, qui ne cessera de nous émerveiller.
Netjak (Jan 05, 2005)
Chrono Trigger itself is the direct result of what happens when the insanely brilliant creators of both Dragon Warrior AND Final Fantasy team up to create a world-conquering super weapon. Chrono Trigger enslaves you, isolates you, and deprives you of sleep, food, and drink. It is the best RPG this reviewer has ever had the pleasure of playing - yes, it even beats out titles like Final Fantasy IV, Lunar: Silver Star Story, and Skies of Arcadia.
RPGFan (Oct 30, 2001)
Square seemed to consistently produce quality on the Super Nintendo, and Chrono Trigger is no exception. Regarded by many as one of the best experiences the role-playing genre has to offer, Chrono Trigger can still compete with the games of today in spite of being released in 1995. It is a wondrous journey through space and time to a land only the human imagination can reach.
Parlons un peu du jeu en tant que tel. Les graphiques sont splendides et les musiques nous mettent dans l’ambiance du jeu. Le jeu est très facile à comprendre mais il est très long.
Total! (Germany) (Oct, 1995)
Neben der abwechslungsreichen Story besticht Chrono Trigger auch durch seine technische Gestaltung. Der Sound erreicht zwar nicht ganz die Qualität von FF III, sorgt aber für ordentliche Stimmung. Die Grafiken sind dagegen genial, oft fragt man sich, woher die Programmierer eigentlich die vielen Farben genommen haben. Zusammen mit der ausgereiften Steuerung ergibt sich ein Meilenstein in der Rollenspielgeschichte.
Game Players (Sep, 1995)
The bottom line is that this is a must for RPG fanatics and dabblers alike. Stop reading, go out and buy it.
Video Games (Sep, 1995)
Es ist ohne Zweifel schwierig, einen ebenbürtigen Nachfolger von FF 3 zu konzipieren. Square hätte ohne weiteres ein vom Spielprinzip her identisches Rollenspiel herausbringen können, und es hätte sich ebenfalls millionenfach verkauft. Aber nein, die Entwickler wollten sich damit nicht zufrieden geben. Zusammen mit dem Enix-Produzenten Y.Horii (Dragon Quest), der ja eigentlich härtester Konkurrent ist, haben sie ein Spiel auf die Beine gestellt, das alles bis daher dagewesene weit hinter sich läßt. Noch nie zuvor habe ich eine so große Freiheit innerhalb eines Spiels erfahren wie in Chrono Trigger. Zwar gibt es kaum versteckte Charaktere oder Items, nach denen man tagelang suchen muß (die durchschnittliche Spieldauer beträgt etwa 20 Stunden, also nur halb so lange wie FF 3), doch die Aussicht zig verschiedene Endsequenzen zu Gesicht zu bekommen, ist mindestens genauso motivierend.
Nintendo Land (Sep 12, 2003)
Chrono Trigger is a must buy for every serious RPF fan especially for those who like me just can't stand the boring and repetitive fights of the Final Fantasy games! The only bad thing I can come up with is that I may be a little bit to short. It's not very short and will take many days of intense playing to complete and with over 10 different endings it will keep you occupied for some time but if you compare it to Final Fantasy 6 (which is HUGE) it's rather short.
RPGFan (Aug 20, 1999)
Along with Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete and Lunar: Eternal Blue, Chrono Trigger ranks as one of the top three traditional RPGs ever released. If you haven't played it yet, try to get your hands on a copy of it. This one gets my highest recommendation.
THIS IS AWESOME!!! Chrono Trigger is an RPG that combines the best features of the FF series and Mana and puts them all in a game that easily gets my vote for RPG of the year! As with all Squaresoft games, the visuals are drawn with stunning detail and the music immerses players even further into the quest. Of course, the game's best feature is it's endearing story line. Add multiple endings to that you you've got a must-have for your RPG collection.
Geeks Under Grace (Sep 15, 2014)
This is arguably the greatest RPG ever made--some even say the best game ever made. Chrono Trigger trail-blazed many modern aspects of video games with its stellar soundtrack, memorable characters, and engaging plot. Pick this one up if you've never played it and join the millions who've already had this great gaming experience.
Mega Fun (Sep, 1995)
Mit Chrono Trigger ist Squaresoft nach Final Fantasy III ein weiter RPG-MeiIenstein gelungen. Die Grafik wurde noch einmal merklich verbessert, wobei vor allem Wert auf das Charakter-Design gelegt wurde. So gibt es deutlich mehr Animationsphasen zu bewundern, wodurch Crono & Co quicklebendig wirken. Die Musik ist qualitativ hochwertig abwechslungsreich und geht sofort ins Ohr. Das Prunkstück ist jedoch die durchdachte Story. Die Möglichkeit, à la „Zurück in die Zukunft“, in die Vergangenheit zu reisen, um die Zukunft zu verändert, entpuppt sich nach kurzer Zeit als äußerst fesselnd und trickreich, zumal es dem Plot an Überraschungsmomenten nicht mangelt. Die Benutzerführung ist aufgrund von Squares reichhaltigen RPG-Erfahrungen vorbildlich, da es dem leidgeplagten Rollenspieler viele lästige Kleinstarbeiten abnimmt. Neben FF II die sicherlich stärkste RPG-Granate im Softwaresortiment
Legendra (May 26, 2005)
L'histoire, pleine de rebondissements donne un scénario où vous pourrez même vous poser des questions philosophiques (pas uniquement les habituelles prises de tête sur les voyages dans le temps), et surtout où vous n'aurez pas tout compris dès les 15 premières minutes. Graphiquement c'est sans doute le plus beau jeu de la Snes, le système de combat est sympathique, les musiques sont excellentes. Bref, si vous ne deviez faire qu'un seul jeu Snes, faites celui-là.
neXGam (2002)
Chrono Trigger ist auf dem SNES einfach klasse! Ich würde es ehrlich gesagt sogar jedem Final Fantasy vorziehen. Allein die Tatsache das es unzählige unterschiedliche Enden gibt, motiviert nach einer gewissen Zeitspanne immer wieder ein neues Spiel zu starten. Wenn euch das Englisch nicht abschreckt, dann solltet ihr unbedingt zugreifen! Kaufempfehlung!
RPGamer (Jun 14, 2003)
All in all, Chrono Trigger is a delightful game. While there may be less to it than other RPGs, and it isn't particularly difficult, it has the polish, innovation, and replay value to keep players coming back time and again.
The majority of games simply aren't this good. It stands aside from the crowd and you'd be crazy to miss it.
In my conversations with my friends who play RPGs, I was surprised to learn that few of them had heard of Chrono Trigger. Fortunately, the gaming world at large has come to appreciate just how special this game really is. The original SNES cartridge is a collector?s item and I?ve seen mint-condition versions sell for hundreds of dollars. It can also be found for the PlayStation at various outlets (see sidebar). Either way, Chrono Trigger is one of the greatest RPG?s of all time, albeit one that is not without some appropriateness concerns.
88 (Oct, 2002)
Chrono Trigger really has everything a gamer could want from a game. Superb graphics, great soundtrack, unique characters, and an unforgettable story. Once you start playing this time-traveling epic, it just might bring you to thievery amongst your friends. If you haven't played Chrono Trigger, go check it out. It truly is a timeless classic.
RPGFan (Nov 27, 1998)
Chrono Trigger is a very solid game featuring an epic journey and a huge amount of places to explore and travel. Although it's hindered by a failry unattractive overworld map and an unfortunate lack of personality in the main character, Chrono Trigger is not an experience to be missed.
Chrono Trigger is the newest in an increasing number of quality RPGs to come out in the past year. Coming on the heels of games like Ogre Battle and Might & Magic III, Chrono Trigger could easily have paled in comparison. Instead, Squaresoft has brought us another reason to hold onto our SNES.
Cubed3 (Jan 29, 2003)
One of the best SNES RPGs released, and maybe even one of the finest RPG creations of all-time. It’s just a crying shame that us Europeans missed out on not only the SNES version, but the PSX port as well!
Retroguiden (Jan 12, 2010)
Jag inser förstås att jag antagligen tillhör en minoritet då Chrono Trigger fortfarande åtnjuter positivare recensioner än denna. Om detta beror på skygglappar för spelets brister, en bländning från spelets starka manus eller helt enkelt kommer av nostalgitankar låter jag vara osagt. Jag har dock högre krav än så här och därför anser jag det viktigt att poängtera att du säkerligen får det kul med Chrono trigger, men förvänta dig inte det där mästerverket som spelets rykte vill göra gällande.
Edge (Aug 28, 1995)
Chrono Trigger is more lightweight than Final Fantasy in almost every department. And the graphics (with characters by another Japanese superstar, Akira (Dragon Ball) Toriyama) ultimately lack the grandeur of Final Fantasy. But for SNES owners bitten by the RPG bug, Chrono Trigger is a welcome oasis in the barren wasteland of translated Japanese RPGs. With Square producing games on Nintendo’s 16bit machine thick and fast, owners can still feel justifiably smug in the face of next generation competition.