To install the Final Fantasy VII demo, locate the directory in which you
downloaded the FF7DEMO.ZIP file. Extract the demo files from this file
by using any unzip program. Make sure that you have the unzip program
extract the files into subdirectories instead of to just a single
directory (see the unzip program documentation for more information).
Double-click on FF7DEMO.EXE to start the demo.
The FF7 Configuration program will run prior to entering the demo. Please
read the information in the Technical Info section below for information
regarding the video and audio settings of your computer. Click on OK to
exit the Configuration program and enter the demo.
In the Battle Arena, you will control Cloud, the main character in Final
In Final Fantasy VII, the ATB (Active Time Battle) system is introduced.
Whether ally or enemy, the character whose Time gauge fills up first is
given priority for entering commands. In the battle menu, choose any of
the following commands in order to best attack or to defend yourself
from the enemy.
Cloud will attack with his sword.
The Limit gauge starts filling up with each enemy attack. When the
gauge is full, it blinks, indicating Limit Break status. At this point,
the "Attack" command changes to the "Limit" command. By selecting
the Limit command, Cloud will be able to perform his unique attack,
called a Limit Break. If the battle ends without using the Limit Break,
you can carry it over to the next battle. In this case, the Attack
command will remain as the Limit command. The more damage you sustain
from the enemy, the faster the Limit gauge fills up.
Select the magic you want, and select whom you wish to cast it on. For
instance, if it is attack magic, select the enemy to attack, and if it
is curative magic, select one of your allies. Magic effective on all
enemies is indicated by a red arrow next to the name of the spell.
If magic cannot be cast due to reasons such as insufficient MP, the name
of the magic will be displayed in gray.
Summon monsters will come to your aid and perform spectacular special
attacks. In the demo, you have two Summon monsters, Shiva and Hades.
Items that affect attacks and recovery can be used in battles. Select
an item and decide who will use it or against whom it will be used.
If it is an attack item, select the enemy. If it is a recovery item,
select one of your allies.
This command will appear if you press the left Directional Button at the
left edge of the battle command window. With this command, you can
change the position of Cloud from the front line to the rear. A character
at the rear will incur less damage from the enemy, but his damage to
the enemy when attacking will be less. Placed at the front, the effect
will be reversed.
This command will appear if you press the right Directional Button at
the right edge of the battle command window. If you use this command,
damage incurred will be reduced by half until the Time gauge fills up.
After (and sometimes during) battles, Cloud's health status may fall into
"abnormal" status, such as Poison or Frog (Toad). Abnormal status can
be cured during battles using items such as Antidote or Maiden's Kiss.
Battles end when you have destroyed all the enemies in the battle.
If Cloud wins enough battles, you will "win" the demo and see a special
screen. However, if Cloud's HP goes down to zero, the demo will end.