Ah, yes. Welcome to the next installment of Screenshot Let’s Plays on Save File. I recently just finished Final Fantasy VII. And now… due to a vote, I am moving onto yet another classic, hailed by many as the greatest RPG ever… Chrono Trigger. A game that always comes up in discussion of greatest SNES game, Greatest RPG, and sometimed even greatest game in general.
A game of adventure, mystery, and time travel done well (if not right), it’s easy to see why people fell in love with Chrono Trigger. It’s also easy to see why people were so disappointed with its “sequel,” Chrono Cross. But that’s a story for another day. I can’t sing this game’s praises enough, but please keep in mind that I will be altering some of the dialogue for humor’s sake. Or at least, what I perceive as humor. Hopefully you will as well. There’s nothing much to say except to just hop into it! This game is a stone cold CLASSIC.
MUSIC: A Premonition
Aw, man. Just the title screen gives me chills. The game does not play in widescreen, though my capture program does. So rather than editing every screencap, I figured Crono and Marle make worthy additions to the pictures.
And yes, we will be sticking to default names for this playthrough. They’re just too iconic not to do so.
MUSIC: Morning Sunlight
We fade in on an idyllic scene in the Kingdom of Guardia.
JESUS CHRIST, THE TOWN SQUARE IS EXPLODING!
Oh, there are balloons. I guess it’s a celebration of some sort.
Every lazy teenage boy’s worst nemesis: daylight.
Mom: Let’s get moving now!
Mom: Uh… you know…! Oh, dear, I’ve forgotten her name! That’s right, Lucca! Don’t forget that she invited you to see her new invention! Run along now, and be back before dinner.
MUSIC: Memories of Green
Out on the world map are several places we can go in town, and also Leene Square.
For now though, let’s go check out the Mayor’s Manor.
Lady: This is the Mayor’s Education Center. Think of it as a workshop for beginners! You can take the things you find here!
The Mayor’s House serves as the typical “beginner’s hall” type area found in most Squaresoft RPGs. I know everything that they’d tell me here, but the main reason to check out the Mayor’s House is for the free items. They’re small, but anything free is worth it in games.
Free Tonic! Tonics heal 50 HP.
Ah, sweet, Save Point!
Man: You’ll find more of them in riskier areas. Also, remember that you can log in anywhere on the World Map!
…heh. I actually tried to use that. I didn’t realize that it was a fake. My bad.
And that’s it for the free swag in the Mayor’s House.
Time to check out the Festival!
MUSIC: Guardia Millenial Fair
Melchior the Swordsmith is hanging out, and has some items for sale. The Iron Blade adds a respectful +2 to Crono’s attack.
The Lode Sword gives a whopping +9 to Crono’s attack, but it also comes with a price tag of 4000G. That’s a pretty penny we won’t be seeing for awhile. So for now, I snag the Iron Blade. I’ll be back for the Lode Sword later.
Heading up to the plaza with Leene’s Bell, a crazy blonde chick is running frantically all over the place.
Hey, she’s the one that’s moving first.
Talking to the girl afterwards reveals that she is frantically looking for her pendant. She must have run into Crono at 10 mph or so, because the Pendant went flying off to the right.
: Would you mind if I walked around with you for a while?
: I… are you serious? You’re like, this smoking hot blonde chick. No, not at all!
: You’re a true gentleman!
: Oh, by the way… My name is, er…
We’re now free to explore the Festival. There are several mini-games that can be competed in, in order to win Silver Points, a currency that can be exchanged for prizes only at the Millennial Festival.
Anyways, to progress the story, you need to talk to the lady at the fountain who references Lucca and her dad again. This is a trigger that allows you to go see what all the hubbub is about.
: This is going to be fun! Come on, Crono!
: Eeeehhhh… you don’t know Lucca like I do. I mean, it COULD be fun… it could also be extremely painful. Or maybe both! Why don’t you volunteer first?
: Um… Maybe? Why don’t we see how it goes.
: Suit yourself. It could be… fun.
There’s also a merchant selling some better equipment than Crono currently has equipped. I buy 2 Karate Gi, and give one to Crono. I don’t give one to Marle because… reasons. (Being I’ve played this game before, and she’ll use it once before she disappears with it, so I don’t bother).
Probably the best method is off to the left, though. And by “probably,” I mean “definitely.”
It… it’s a giant, pink cat robot.
MUSIC: Gato’s Song
JAPAN, ladies and gentlemen!!
Aw, snap! It’s the first fight of the game!
Combat in Chrono Trigger is standard fare RPG. Use swords, crossbows, and other related weapons to stab, slash, shoot, bonk, and do other violent actions to enemies until they give up, are knocked out, or die.
It uses the Active Time Battle system, meaning the ATB bar has to fill up before you can have a character take an action. Right now, all we can do is Attack or use items.
Gato is very much a practice battle anyways.
He still gives out EXP and tech points upon his defeat though.
MUSIC: Gato’s Song
Anyways, beating Gato up over and over again, or slugging down Dews are the best way to accumulate Silver Points quickly.
But let’s go see what all the fuss about Lucca’s invention is, shall we?
MUSIC: Guardia Millennial Fair
Taban: To use it, jump up here…
: Where have you been?! No one wants to try the Telepod! How about you?
: What? Lucca, we live in a world where STEAM and WOOD BURNING are the primary sources of energy! How in the blue hell did you create two pods out of steel and copper wiring? And why don’t you find it odd that people find this a little bit strange?!
MUSIC: A Strange Happening
Marle’s pendant starts to glimmer…
Taban: Show’s over, folks! Let’s head along now!
: Oh, you have GOT to be kidding me! What kind of bullshit logic is that? Yeah, I brought her here, but it was YOUR batshit crazy experiment that sent her off to Wherethefuckistan! Don’t you dare pin this on me!
: But thou must!
: What? I must what?
: But thou must!
: Hell no! I’m going home!
: But thou must!
: Let me through, Lucca!
: But thou must!
: But though must!
: …God damn it…
MUSIC: Crono’s Theme
Taban: You’re actually going to do it?! What a fine lad!
: Did you not just see your daughter strong arm me into this bullshit?
Taban: What a fine lass!
: Listen! I don’t know where this machine is going to send you, but we haven’t any other choice.
Taban: Won’t they both be lost?
: This is our only hope! That pendant seems to be the key, so hang onto it Crono, and brace yourself!
NEXT TIME: Where the hell is Crono going to end up??