Original North American Release Date: August 11th, 1995
Square Enix certainly loves to re-release and remake its classic titles, but Chrono Trigger continues to be underrepresented by the company. It’s a questionable decision by Square Enix, as the game is considered to not only be a RPG masterpiece, but it’s generally thought of as one of the greatest video games ever created.
Chrono Trigger features a time-travel theme that uniquely affects the game’s many storylines and multiple endings. The time-travel elements makes for some creative puzzle solving, and the different directions that the story’s arcs and conclusions makes Chrono Trigger extremely replayable.
An all-star cast of well-known game creators, composers, and artists, affectionately known internally at Square as the “Dream Team,” worked together on creating Chrono Trigger. Final Fantasy series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii, and Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama are the primary creative forces responsible for writing and designing the game’s settings, stories, and structure.
Akira Toriyama also designed the characters, adding an extra layer of RPG credibility, as Toriyama did the original character designs for the Dragon Quest games as well. Yasunori Mitsuda, the well-known composer of great classics like Xenogears and Chrono Cross, worked on the game’s soundtrack. Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu also contributed to the game’s musical score. The final product easily reflects what can happen when great minds get together, a practice that is hardly seen in today’s video game industry.