Final Fantasy IV (aka Final Fantasy II) last week, but I figured, hey why not at least play another one? Here you go, my first RPG ever. Probably my first game ever too. My introduction to the world of videogaming.
This is Final Fantasy's original NES title screen, but you won't find it at the start of the game. You have to play all the way up to unlocking the second town before they let you see it.
Most of the story is told here in the intro. You have to find out most of the information and where to go by talking to people who give you a one message box of info.
So making 4 white mages is not such a great idea (though people have beaten the game with that). Also, you can only have 4 letter names.
As the Red Mage here is currently the only one that can use magic, he has his Magic values there under his HP.
Here's the spell list. The 2/0/0/0/0/0/0/0 thing you saw under Magic in the menu is the spell charges you have per level. Each spell (regardless of what it is) costs one charge, but higher level magic is gained at higher levels so you might have 9 Level 1 uses but only 2 Level 7 uses.
They changed this system in later remakes to the regular MP system.
You have to go to Pravoka and get the ship so you can go to Elfland to see that you need the herb to get the Mystic key from the sleeping prince so you can get the TNT to give to the dwarves so they can blow open a path to the next part of the overworld. But to wake the sleeping prince, you need an herb from Matoya. To get the herb from Matoya, you need the Crystal. To get the Crystal, you need to slay Astos and get his crown. To get his crown, you need to go in the Marsh cave and defeat Wizards.
This reminds me that I have an old Nintendo Power guide on Final Fantasy 1. It was very informative, especially in showing the dungeon maps and the treasures you can find. This way, you can more efficiently go through the dungeons or see the enemies HP. It doesn't really matter right now because....
Defeat Bikke and you get a SHIP!
Something I should mention... this game really wants you to grind. Each of the level 4 spells here in this town cost 4000G. The strongest weapon here in town is 4000G. The Level 3 spells are 1500G each. So if you have 2 people that can use Silver Swords, one Level 4 spell (Fast), 3 Level 3 spells, that comes out to 16500 G. How much do you get from random encounters? About 100-200G.
There is a place called 'Peninsula Northeast of Pravoka', which has high level enemies that aren't supposed to be encountered until much later in the game. If you have FIR2 (Starting at Level 6 I think is when you can first use that), then you may be able to live through an encounter there.
Here it shows you the location of it. You can encounter anything from FrostWolves to ZomBulls and things like that. Very dangerous though.
Check out this link if you're curious to see how much the enemies in game resembled the concept art by Amano.
If you are really up for a nostalgic and difficult (and grindy) RPG, here it is. The funny thing is, the random encounter rate in this game is actually better than Final Fantasy IVs! That's not to say it's GOOD, but at least you won't get into a battle 2 steps after the last one. If you don't have much patience (and you will need plenty of it), then this game isn't for you. Honestly I would say if you wanted, it might be better to play Final Fantasy V instead. That's a game for me to post another time though!
Final Fantasy series:
1987 - Final Fantasy (NES)1991 - Final Fantasy Adventure (Game Boy)
1991 - Final Fantasy IV (SNES)
1999 - Final Fantasy VIII (PSX)