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Crono, a young boy, is thrust to adventure by destiny to destroy an oncoming threat that will destroy the world in 1999.


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Crono, a boy from the year 1000 A.D., has been visiting the Leene Square for a carnival, befriending a girl named Marle, Crono comes also to visit his friend Lucca who's working on a teleportation unit. Marle is desperate to try and something goes wrong. Instead of transporting her from one podium to another, she goes somewhere far beyond Crono's time. Crono volunteers to help and thrust back through time. By befriending people, destroying hideous monsters Crono now finds the truth of what's going to happen. In 1999 A.D., Lavos will erupt from the Earth and turn it into a desolate wasteland. Brought forth by this oncoming threat Crono must team up with his comrades to travel through time which could change the past or alter the future... Written by Extron

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Release Date:

11 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Final Fantasy Chronicles: Chrono Trigger See more »

Company Credits

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Square Company, Tose Co. See more »
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Yasunori Mitsuda lost several work-in-progress musical tracks due to a hard drive crash. See more »


When Ayla and her party fight Dalton the boss while on the flying Epoch time machine. Once Dalton is defeated he will get sucked into a time portal and never be seen again. The SNES and PS1 version never explained where he went. This missing plot hole finally shows where Dalton was teleported to at 1000 AD. which is in the bonus dungeon at Dimensional Vortex, if the party defeats him again, he will get angry and threaten to to have Porre invade Guardia which later happens in Chrono Cross. This explains the movie cutscene on PS1, Nintendo DS version, showing the fall of Guardia. See more »


Cyrus: Glenn, there're times when people simply have to grit their teeth.
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Crazy Credits

In addition to the two main endings, of which there are two versions, depending on whether you attacked Lavos with the Epoch or not, there are also ten additional endings, most of them light and goofy, that can be accessed by the bucket in the End of Time or Lucca's Telepod, at various points during the game. However, since Lavos is incredibly hard, you should only attempt this with the New Game+ option, after you have beaten the game. See more »

Alternate Versions

A new version was released for the Playstation in Japan on November 2nd 1999, complete with new anime scenes and a comprehensive database of items, maps, music, bosses, monsters, and endings. See more »

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A true classic in every respect.
22 May 2004 | by Ersan_HakkiSee all my reviews

This game is truly a classic in every respect, with the most memorable characters ever featured in an RPG and a storyline that surpasses that of any other game in its genre. Since the release of Chrono Trigger many other interesting and unique games have emerged with graphics so advanced that in comparison Chrono Trigger is almost laughable. Therefore if you're only interested in appearance then this is the wrong game for you, however if you are interested in original RPG's with a compelling storyline then I assure you that Chrono Trigger remains unrivalled.

{Warning: plot summary} The underlining plot is simplistic in that a group of teenagers stumble upon a time gate where they learn of an oncoming threat that will destroy the world in 1999, and subsequently decide to join forces to prevent the demise of there beloved planet {end of plot summary}. However the game features so many twists that the storyline is never predictable and the multiple endings available, enable the game to alter according to the players own personality. Side quests and a special New Game+ option (accessible once completing the game) also enhance its replay value.

Furthermore the characters integrate into the storyline magnificently, with each having there own side quests that allow for immense character development. The game illustrates the emotions and ambitions of each character which gives the player a true understanding of each playable character and there relationship with the others in the group.

It should also be noted that although the graphics in Chrono Trigger are now dated, at the time they were impressive in comparison to other RPG games released for the SNES. The character designs also blend in well with the personality of the characters. Therefore it's no surprise Chrono Trigger has such an enormous fan base and I can certainly say that it has established itself as one of my favourite games of all time.

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