Fantastic, the new RPG from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, is the latest high profile game to join the ranks of Apple Arcade. The new title is notable for a number of reasons, but the first thing players will likely notice is the art style. In a departure from the Final Fantasy series, Sakaguchi created the backdrops for the futuristic game using over 150 intricate dioramas. The end result mixes physical environments – which have been photographed and digitized in 3D mesh – with virtual characters. While the thought of dioramas can evoke Yoshi’s craft world on the Nintendo Switch, FantasticThe environments are actually handcrafted outside of fully animated battles. Those sign to Apple’s mobile gaming service can play now on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.
The turn-based gameplay may also feel familiar to RPG fans, but new mechanics are added to keep things fresh. For example, a key feature called the “Dimengeon” system allows you to delay battles with random enemies by sending monsters to another dimension (or dungeon). This way you can focus on exploring and taking out all of your trapped enemies at once when you’re done.
As for the story, Fantastic sees players assume the role of Leo, an amnesiac in search of his memories in an alien land populated by machines that succumb to a strange mechanical infection. The game unites Sakaguchi with his longtime collaborator and Final Fantasy songwriter Nobuo Uematsu, also known for his work on Lost odyssey and Blue dragon.