Square Enix always did struggle with properly pricing their mobile games, but the newly released Theatrhythm Final Fantasy iOS has no price tag. Thing is, the rhythm game only comes with two songs, while the rest costs extra. How much exactly? That depends.
To start, Theatrhythm includes "One-Winged Angel" from Final Fantasy VII and "Zanarkand" from Final Fantasy X. If you shell out for the game-specific song packs (each has four songs), that's $2.99 each. Individual songs are priced at $0.99, and characters cost $1.99 a piece. Bearing in mind the content on iOS differs slightly from Theatrhythm on 3DS, that's a lot of paid content, and picking all of it up from iTunes will run you a tab of $143.03 in total.
Yeah, you read that right. Here's the math, provided by the savvy folks over at Siliconera:
13 bundles at $2.99 each = $38.87
+ 59 songs at $0.99 each = $58.41
+ 25 characters at $1.99 each = $45.75
for a grand total of $143.03
By contrast, the 3DS version, with its extra content, would clock in at $81.47 total. That's 128 songs, compared to the iOS version's 111 songs. Granted, only the most diehard of the diehard Final Fantasy crowd would consider spending so much for all the content, but the hypothetical bill still boggles my mind.