Phantasy Star II Classic App Reviews

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There is PROOF that Sega hates their fans here

I know you’ve seen it all in this section. This isn't another review about the FPS issues, the broken save system, or audio problems. This isn’t about paying for ad-free and still getting “Sega” ads at launch + splash ads scattered throughout. This isn't even about how you can’t play this game offline, or needing to open Game Center every single time by going into the settings menu. No. Not this time. Not this review. THIS review... THIS REVIEW RIGHT HERE is a reveal to the public of what this world has come to.. A masterpiece in 1989, this game was truly remarkable. The game was so big, that they were unable to pack any kind of tutorial or informational menus/dialogue into it due to lack of memory storage. So the original game actually came with a 100 page manual full of hints, tips, guides, lore and more. This is where the “this is what the world has come to” part comes in; SEGA deliberately doesn’t include this easy to copy-paste manual in the app. Why? So you will switch between browser and the game forcing you to watch endless ads, bringing you that much closer to purchasing the ad”FREE***” version. Okay, I can live with getting milked like a cow a little, but there’s one more serious issue here. If you have made it this far into the review, you’ve made it, here’s the real meat. This is where I draw the line. This next point is the ACTUAL PROOF that SEGA absolutely hates and despises not just their customers, but their fan base as well. In the “Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection” for PlayStation 2, you have the options to get: -4 times the amount of Exp and Meseta -Faster Walking Speed -Faster Battle speed. Again, deliberately left out of the game to not only cost you more time, but more ads. While PSII is a wonderful game, it's really a chore to play today, a tedious task with all the grinding, and slow pace of the overall game. With all these options toggled on, the challenge is still there (the dungeon and battles are still as hard), you just cut all the pointless filler between all dungeons. I guess this is the turn that one of the big influences in the gaming industry has taken. A hopeless cash-grab like the rest... :( I miss you and still love you Sega...

its ok

Plays ok the save system doesnt work so you are forced to use the stupid ad system to save and it doesnt connect to game center half the time

Fix it

Without the Game Center I cant save a game, even locally. If it dies like this, refund!

You don’t have a the hundred page Manuel any more

This is just let’s take this great game and just dump it on the AppStore and not change a thing this a a nearly impossible game unless you trail and error it all the way and the save system need ads

Works great, except it won't save when bad internet

Edit: as of 2018, the game is fine, except for if one doesn't have internet connection, saving will not work and the game will freeze. I'm glad I edited my review. I'd love for an offline mode saving, like on Steam. Great game. Original review from 2017: I love Phantasy Star 2, but as of June 2017, the app store's version will regulary lose your hard-earned saved game data. I'll change my review soon as an update comes. Don't play this game until they fix it!

Black screen every minute or two after update

I bought this title several years ago and it worked flawlessly. Sometime in the past year or so they updated the game giving it cloud saving. Ever since that update, I have extremely frequent black screen issues. If I press the home button on my iPhone 7 Plus it goes right back to where I left off, but with this happening every minute or two it’s essentially broken. Please fix or refund the currently broken title.

Save feature doesn't work

Game is unplayable until this is fixed.

A year later... save feature still does not work.

People have been complaining about the save feature not working for over a year... It still does not work.


+1 star from the last review due to developers making an effort to improve but: 1.) Audio still sounds a bit off 2.) You can move all the buttons except the "start" button, and really, the start button is useless anyways but it interferes with the dialogue boxes 3.) There should really be an option to make the borders black. Just solid black. Please.

New Version Is Unplayably Slow

Incredibly slow this update. I’m using a 6S and every battle animation takes forever. Unplayable in its current state. I could care less about rewind or graphic fluff if moving and battling is a quarter normal speed.

Portable JRPG

Scratches the itch. Emulated version of Genesis game. Be sure to look maps up online; the original release came with dungeon maps. Cloud saving!

Save still broken July 2018

Don’t bother folks.


This game is an old favorite and the flash save makes it perfect! Highly recommended!

It’s nice.

My only complaints would be: saving takes entirely too long via the apps save and it’s the only reliable way, it seems, because the app seems to lack the ability to suspend the game when backing out. I’ve had to restart so many times. But, it is really nice to be able to play this on the go.

I love the Phantasy Star Series!!!!!

This is a classic old school game and it runs fine since last update. Please Sega! There are many fans of Phantasy Star here in North America (and the world)! Please consider bringing the other Phantasy Star titles (III and IV) as well as later games! A mobile version of Phantasy Star Online would be amazing! Bring over Phantasy Star Online 2 stateside while you’re at it too!


Paid $1.99 for ad blocker which doesn’t work. Cannot save on game or with top right save tile. Tile says sign into Sega Game something something and when you do.....ERROR. I want my money back.

Ad free version is anything but

They still find ways to sneak in ads, usually as you’re trying to log in. Game is great though. Low rating for poor advertising practice.

Can’t save offline at all.

Worthless if I can’t play without cellphone signal / WiFi.

Is there anyway to get the game a originally purchased back?

I have no idea who's brilliant idea it was to"update" this game but now the controller icons take up the lower third of the screen, covering the text on screen. It makes the game virtually unplayable. Secondly, I had a saved game with about many hours invested, that disappeared in the update. Now I have to start over. It's a shame.

Bad controls!

Good port but controls are awful.

I’d play it if you could save your game.

Numerous attempts at saving a game, none worked.


What I want to know is when is shining force I & II coming

Great game - Horrible app

Title says it all. Saving is severely bugged and ads are prolific.

Shea’s update is a fraud!

I paid for this! Why do I have to sign in EVERY time to avoid the stupid ads? What if I am in a bad internet connection area? Whoever did this should be fired!


Thank you


I won't talk about the game itself because it's a classic from the Genesis era. I want to talk about this port, I have two main issues: one is the framerate, the game shouldn't slowdown all of a sudden, and I suspect it's the app preloading the ads, second, the game should be able to be played in portrait mode, specially since the aspect ratio is 4:3, and it would make the game feel more comfortable. EDIT: Several months later, and the problems persist, despite the updates. Audio keeps skipping, and the emulation is bad overall, and SEGA acknowledging your saves might disappear is just the icing on the cake. Just emulate this game and don't give your money to such a lazy port, otherwise it's a message that SEGA can do the bare minimum and still get payed.

Wont save

The sound and the lack of save ability, waste of time.

Great classic.

I would give this 5 stars but the having to be online to save and load games is annoying and it has issues logging in to do that. Otherwise. It is awesome. Great classic. Exactly like I remember it. Plays very smooth.

Tried it again, one last time.

I'm done trying with this game, I'm not risking it, I'd rather play the emulator versions from Steam. I removed one star after downloading the latest update, can't you just make save states instead of this cloudsave insanity?

Get rid of ALL ads please

After paying for the ad removal I still get ads for other Sega titles. When I pay for ad removal I expect ALL ads to be removed.

Amazing game but cant be completed

PS2 is by far my favorite game of all time, but Sega did a pretty poor job porting it to the iPad. There are bugs all through the game, but most annoyingly is that the save doesn’t work, and you still need to use the in-game save for teleports. One accidental “no” and all progress is lost up to the point of their “save state feature”. *WARNING: spoilers ahead* 2nd, the last part of the game is bugged, so you cannot finish. When you talk to Lutz for the first time after gathering all of the Nei items and receive the Neisword, the sound bugs out, and never works again (even through saves). Sure you can live without sounds, and as you continue to teleport to Noah and continue to play all seems fine (without sound of course), but if you try to teleport back from Noah via the Neisword, which you will, it locks the game. It was fun while it lasted, but I guess I better break out the Genesis to finish this game again.....

In Game Saving

I don’t mind having ads...and I like the option to save games to the cloud, but what happened to saving my games traditionally? Now when I don’t have WiFi or cell access...I can load or save a game.


This used to be an exceptional game but they went through a major update that completely ruined the game. First, you can effectively no longer play offline which is why I got it in the first place. If you play offline you can't save your game. Second, the controls are now on-screen which obscures the image more than how they were arranged before. Don't waste your time with this unless they revert to the former version.

Completely Ruined

This game used to be great when this app was paid only, and the only thing wrong with was that it was 32-bit thus woouldn't function with iOS 11. The current version may be iOS 11 compatable but with it came features that nobody who owned this previously would ever ave asked for - advertistments, non-transparent controls, and not being able to save the game. This version has only persuaded me to delete it, downgrade to the last paid-only version of Phantasy Star 2 to play once last time and then delete as a casulty of iOS 11 not supporting 32-bit apps because never playing Phantasy Star 2 ever again is still an improvement over what they're giving us now.

Used to be a great game

Taking out the ability to save offline on the phone has killed the playability of the game. Not everyone has a data signal everywhere and can afford to use the cloud save system. The original version which I bought years ago had save slots and no ads. Now the game is unplayable. If I could give zero stars I would.

Wasted Hours !!!

This is the 3rd time all of my save data has been wiped because of one of their updates. I'm DONE!!! I'm NOT starting all over again because of bad programming. You are forced to update so you don't even have a choice.


Keep up the good work, would still like to see better emulation though...


Yeah, good job Sega for keeping the game alive. What is the point of you can’t save the game. I bought the $1.99 ad-fee local save game support, BUT IT WILL NOT SAVE. Game Center saving does NOT work. In game saving does NOT work. Also, I paid $1.99 to remove the ads... and they still pop up!!

If you already bought this game, don't update

I had been playing it for about 2 years and the latest update erased my save data. The update makes the game un playable and loaded with ads. Sega, you've really effed it up this time...


This is one of my favorite games. However this version has bugs that makes it unplayable. If the game freezes, you’re stuck and have to start over. I paid for the add free version, and suspended that if I remove the game and reload the game it may unfreeze. It did not work, and my add free game was removed, so I would have to pay again. Not going to buy it again. Don’t waste your time, or money.


Game is too long to not be able to save. The in-game save files wipe after the app closes and the developers' save requires a log in...and the log in keeps giving an error. I've had the game for like 3 months and it still isn't fixed. Don't bother.

No saving

Can not save at all. This game is way too long to try and complete without saving. Do not waste money until it gets fixed.

Saving function

Please update the cloud saving function because I almost cleared out the powerplant and I saved but when I died, I pressed main, saved, and the save is at the home screen so I lost all progress

Ruined a great game

Purchased this ages ago and the game itself is great. What’s terrible is the fact that after Sega included it on their network there are ads everywhere. For a game I already bought! Forget it.


Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends...look inside, look inside....

Deceptive purchase offer, use free version

I paid to have the ads removed, and iirc the in-game save feature (presumably using the Data Memory places) was also supposed to be enabled. However I still get a pop-up as EVERY time I open the game, and the in-game save feature doesn’t work. You have to save with the cloud. So what did I pay for? Everything advertised turned out to be false. The app is a good port minus some audio issues, but I can’t recommend paying for it at the time of writing this review. Hopefully the developer will fix these issues with an update.

(Edit)Wonderful Old School RPG but Horrible App

I should start by saying that I love Phantasy Star 2. It's a classic. But I'm not a fan of this app. The app does NOT save my game properly. I've had to repeat areas over about three times. I've tried multiple saves and off/online to no avail. This is a grind heavy game so it's imperative that I can save my progress. The only other minor complaints I have is the music-it's tinny (and it ain't me, I have an iPhone 7+). The direction pad is a bit wonky. Those I can live with but the lack of saving abilities is too much. Please drop a fix and I'll give this 5 stars. Developers fixed. Excellent port. Don’t know what the other reviewers are talking about.

Don't buy it

Way to ruin a game with updates

Phantasy star 2

Don’t not buy this it does not save the game, they know it and they won’t fix it.and they need to stop telling people to save it by using the top right box because half the time when you use that you get an error screen and then you lose all your progress , just fix it or quit.

Saving seems important, and yet...

For ages I couldn't cloud save via Game Center. Fine. It was annoying but I played it when I was a kid and used the in game saves just fine so I did that for a while. Now the game updated and my saves are gone. So okay, I start over. Play a while, save, accidentally back out before trying cloud saving and... local save doesn't exist. You guys. This can't be that hard. Really?

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