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...So I started working on Final Fantasy V again, but to get things started, I thought I'd share with you guys,
a game I remember briefly playing a couple of years ago before starting to work with RPGMAKER2003.

These games were a series of small Final Fantasy Games made in Marcomedia Flash by “Clairvoyance” or
“clairvoyanceteam” as they’re often referred to on Newgrounds.

Clairvoyance was supposedly a small group of anonymous flash animators from 2ch.net.
They released two flash animated shorts based on 2ch's AA characters for the annual Flash Bomb festival that took place in Japan,
Which you may have seen at some point over the past 10 years:

Nightmare City for 2004

and Nightmare City: Catastrophe for 2005

Now, it may not look all that impressive by today's standards, but Nightmare City in particular, was absolutely astounding for anyone who was still working with Flash animation back in 2005. Because it was one of those few animated shorts that made a lot of flash animators realize you could actually produce animation of genuine, quality in Flash, without solely relying on motion tweening and making it look cheap, as so many TV produced animated shows have unfortunately chosen to do today.

Anyways, I’m assuming that, before working on these animated shorts is when Clairvoyance decided to work on Final Fantasy AA. A series of Final Fantasy games that parodies the popular RPG series with 2ch Ascii Art characters.

...To be perfectly honest with you guys, I’m not too sure on the specifics.
(I’m actually hoping someone reading this, would be able tell us more about 2ch and their Ascii characters in the comments section below.)

But I always thought it was really cool to finally be able play a fully functional Final Fantasy battle system in Macromedia Flash, something that so few have tried.

But, what makes these particular series of flash games so memorable for me though, is that, unlike normal Final Fantasy games, outside of the cut scenes and random battles, Final Fantasy AA has no field map for the player to interact with. The game's structure is essentially segmented across boss battles that function as puzzles and flash animated cut scenes that move the story forward.

Now, while these games are primarily injokes about 2ch.net, this choice to not create a field map for FFAA, was very much due to how limited and restricting the internet was back then in terms of memory and storage - It would've just been too cumbersome to download and too time consuming to create a Final Fantasy of regular scope for users still using dial-up back in 2005.

But by eliminating this need for a field map and segmenting the game into an episodic structure, the end result is an incredibly satisfying take on an rpg series that I haven’t really played or seen reproduced since then:

You basically have a game where the player no longer has to worry about gathering items, managing equipment or gaining experience points - things that are often meant to purposely impede the players progress.

Instead, what you’re essentially left with in FF:AA is a game where all the player needs to do, is focus on how to utilize the party’s spells, classes and remaining items available, to the best of their ability, in order to advance story.

It's a game, where all you need to do as a creator, is to create a game that revolves around a single boss battle and tie it all together with great cut scenes, that tells a decent story.

It’s a very simplified version of Final Fantasy and far from easy to play.
But the reason why I've decided to talk about FF:AA in particular is because,
this is essentially what I'm trying to accomplish with Final Fantasy V:B@BB , although slightly different...

...But yeah, definitely check out Final Fantasy:AA when you have the chance!

Unfortunately, Clairvoyance has moved to http://www.miyasuke.net/ and has since taken these games down.
But you can still check these games out here through webarchive.org

or download the swf files from here
but you'll need to open them with a web browser that has flash installed and resize the window in order to view them correctly
or a use standalone flash player.

Just to make things clear,
You will need to have FLASH installed in order to play this.

Anyways, There is 1 intro and 4 battles in total, but I suggest checking out episode 5 first in particular, because out of all the episodes available, only three have fully functioning battle systems and episode five, seems to have the most polish before Clairvoyance decided to stop working on this series and move on to Nightmare City.


Final Fantasty: Ascii Art by Clairvoyance

Episode 5
Episode 4
Episode 3
Episode 2 - Select the correct Slots to win the battle.
Episode 1 Battle - mash mouse button limit break.
FFA Opening

Controls: (for Episode 5)

Arrow Keys: Select
Z key: Confirm
X key: Cancel
Shift: Select All – when casting spells.

Menus – (rough translation?)

Monar - (white cat)
=W.Magic= – Cure 1, Cure 2, Life

Giko - (yellow cat)
=Time Magic= Haste, Slow

Molalar - (dark cat)
=Dark Wave=
=B.Magic= Fire1, Ice1, Lit1

Anisha - (green cat w/ labtop)
=R.Magic?= Fire 3, Ice 3, Lit 3, Remedy

HP200 (x12), HP 1000(x4), Phoenix down(x2), Remedy (x1)