Some demos for games offer a small vertical slice, just enough to try and get every "layer" of it in one short sitting. Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition's demo is offering a bit more than that.
Square Enix announced today that on August 27, coinciding with the game's launch, there will also be a free demo available for Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition. It will contain three free dungeons for any free players to try out, but if they team up with someone who already owns the full game, demo players can explore a whopping 13 dungeons for no additional charge.
I'm not personally familiar with the game so I can't speak to exactly how large a portion 13 dungeons is, but judging by the number of locations in this ancient GameFAQs guide, that's a pretty good slice. It's nice that demo players can also team up with full owners, and since Crystal Chronicles will support cross-platform multiplayer, that hopefully means all the demo and full-game players can join together to form one wonderful caravan crew.
The way access to the dungeons is metered out by full owners and free owners teaming up is a little odd, but it also seems like a potentially neat way to rope friends in; one buys the main game, and their pals can still play through a bunch of dungeons together with them.
Despite being a fairly niche entry in the Final Fantasy canon, Crystal Chronicles is getting a remaster that's set for August 27 and coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile platforms. It thankfully does not come packaged with a Link Cable, though I'm curious to see how those odd second-screen quirks from the original carry over to the new game. This sizable demo will give me a lot of time to get familiar with the new version either way.