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App of the Day: Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions

The touch interface works almost perfectly for turn-based strategy, so it's with glee that we greet the arrival of Final Fantasy Tactics for iOS. We're just not so jiggy with the price.

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The developer behind the Final Fantasy games, Square Enix, has been playing it pretty smart by porting some of its older titles across to iOS. Now, finally, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (originally released on PSP) has been released on iPhone and iPad, to the delight of fans everywhere. The turn-based combat on an isometric grid is perfectly suited to the touchscreen, particularly the iPad's larger screen. If you haven't played it before, it's a turn-based strategy game where you move your individual units around a board to take down your enemies. Certain units can only move certain ways and execute certain attacks, so it's a bit like chess in that way, but with upgradeable weapons and a much more hands-on approach. It's really engrossing, especially for those who like micromanagement gameplay. Our only sticking point is the price — it's a rare game that comes in at nearly 20 bucks on the iTunes store. Unless you're a fan, you might want to wait for a price drop — just in case it's not your cup of tea.

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions for iPhone (AU$16.99)
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions for iPad (AU$18.99)