Reynn and Lann, two teenage siblings awaken one day to find their city of Nine Woods Hill devoid of people. Arriving at work, Lann discovers a strange woman – Enna Kros, who tells the pair that they have amnesia and that by travelling to the mystical world of Grymoire they can recover their memories. Learning that they once controlled armies of monsters known as Mirages, the pair venture through a magical portal and find themselves in a strange land, where the Bahamutian Army seeks to destroy the peace and turn the world upside down. Building their army of Mirages along the way, Reynn and Lann seek out new allies and faces familiar to the lore of Final Fantasy, in order to save the world from chaos.
World of Final Fantasy begins like most other Final Fantasy games – we’re introduced to the two characters, who are strange and mystical, and then all of a sudden they’re in peril (in this case, the brother and sister duo are falling off the rooftop of a skyscraper), and we flash back to the beginning of the story, ready to play right up to that moment. At its core, World of Final Fantasy does what most JRPGs do best – it sets things up well, establishes a decent story base, and allows you to grow and love the characters you’re given to play with. Unlike the last time I attempted a Final Fantasy game (which was X back in 2003), World of Final Fantasy doesn’t throw you in the deep end straight away with complex terminology and massive obscurity – and this is a good thing. Thirteen-year-old me didn’t quite grasp everything that was happening back then, but with WOFF it is clear that the game is designed for newcomers and veterans alike.
Grymoire’s inhabitants all happen to be tiny little people called Lilikins – which is basically another term for what most of us know as ‘chibi’. This art style reflects the game itself being easier and simpler than the traditional games, and while it might seem cute and innocent at first, the style bugged me after a while because I just couldn’t take it seriously. Reynn and Lann have the ability to go between Lilikin form and Jiant form (their standard size), and each form has changes in battle.