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Author Topic: 2012/12: Chrono Trigger (Super NES) - Rick Bruns  (Read 3968 times)
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JonLeung
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« on: November 30, 2012, 09:41:31 PM »


For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to Rick Bruns's Chrono Trigger (Super NES) maps.

It's often been said that the end is near.  Devastation, chaos, extinction, the end of the world as we know it.  But many prophetic proclamations offer some hope that it can be prevented.  Perhaps we need to stop fighting each other.  Perhaps we could be more conscious of what we are doing to the planet.  Or perhaps we can put our hopes in an odd team of seven time-travellers which include a mute kid, a frog, and a robot - whose theme song feels like we've been "Rickroll'd".  But if the future refuses to change, then Lavos will awaken...in 1999.  Oh, wait, maybe they've already saved us then.

Speaking of '99, if you discount the five April Fools' joke maps, Chrono Trigger has the distinction of being the 99th (real) game featured in the Maps Of The Month feature!

Chrono Trigger is widely renowned as one of the best RPGs for its time, or perhaps of all time.  Quite fitting that it should stand the test of time, given its temporally-warping narrative.  Few games before this captured the essence of time travel.  The story weaves us from merely waking up to attend the Millennial Fair in 1000 A.D. to preventing an alien being from unleashing havoc in 1999 A.D., but not before visiting prehistoric and post-apocalyptic periods...and The End Of Time itself.  Each time period is vastly different, each a world of their own, but they are all connected and their similarities and differences really make you understand the scope of this adventure.  Created by Square, known primarily for its Final Fantasy series of games, it's nice to see a game by them that can stand on its own without the Final Fantasy branding (well, at least if you overlook the PlayStation remake bundled with Final Fantasy IV in a package called Final Fantasy Chronicles).  This year has seen some stellar Square RPG efforts recognized here...we've had the remake of the first Mana game and the best 2D Final Fantasy game, and now this.  Thanks to Rick Bruns and his desire for tackling one of his favourite games (despite being so epic that it almost intimidated even him), we can add this incredible adventure to our atlas.

So to recognize the effort put into this truly timeless classic, Rick Bruns's Chrono Trigger (Super NES) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for December 2012.
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2012, 09:48:28 AM »

Thank you for the honor of the map of the month award for my Chrono Trigger maps for the SNES.  I was so looking forward to this game, that I got the Japanese version before it came out in the US and beat the Japanese version.  I was amazed that the save files were compatible and I was able to start a new game + with the US version once I got that.  (Yes I had a device that let me transfer the save file from the Japanese game to the US game).  The only thing that was messed up was the character names since they were in Japanese characters, but once I got to the person that let me rename them it was not a big deal.

This is my favorite RPG game for the SNES closely followed by Final Fantasy V.  It was fun mapping it out, even though I had played through the game many times, I still discovered new stuff when making the maps for this game.  I would like to give a special shout out to Paco and creaothceann for reviewing my maps and offering advice to improve them or letting me know about needed corrections.  They have helped improve the quality of the maps for this game.  There are over 120 areas in this game and this is one of the biggest mapping projects I have taken on so far with the only exception being Super Metroid.

If any of you are big Chrono Trigger fans please consider ordering some posters of the various overworlds from the game (for yourself or as a gift) to help support the creation of the maps.  At this time making maps if my full time job and my only income comes from selling posters.  You can find the posters at:
http://www.nesmaps.com/nesmapsstore.html
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2012, 10:52:10 AM »

Congratulations! Wink Smiley
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