The original Final Fantasy is not the most intuitive game to play through. It was the norm for the late 80's, we think, and it was really mostly an offshoot of the novelty of the whole console RPG genre. But Final Fantasy has always been considered one of the more difficult games in the series, so don't be ashamed if you need this walkthrough.
You have just begun your adventure into the world of the original Final Fantasy. This walkthrough was written using a team consisting of a Warrior, Monk, White Mage, and Black Mage, but the strategies within will include tips for all six of the possible classes.
When you have named your characters and selected their classes and finally have control over the party, move right into the town rather than wander around outside. Many players have stopped playing the game very quickly because the enemies outside were too difficult right away. However, they simply forgot to buy equipment and magic. When you enter town, talk to the guard by the entrance, and he will ask if you are the Light Warriors. He takes you to see the King, who asks you to rescue his daughter Sarah from a man named Garland who used to be a knight for the kingdom of Cornelia. If you complete this task for him, he will build a bridge that will allow you to continue on your quest.
Explore the castle now, and note that there a couple of locked doors that you will need a Mystic Key to unlock.
After you’re done exploring the castle, return to the town, where you will want to buy some magic for your mages, and equipment for everyone. Magic is a priority if you have mages in your group. Magic is divided into eight levels, with four spells per level. However, you can only have three spells from each level for each character, so there is one spell you will have to leave out. Cornelia has the level 1 spells for both black and white magic. For your white magic users, Cure1 and Dia1 are must-haves. For your black magic users, consider Fire1 and Bolt1. The other spells you wish to use on level 1 are up to you.
The armor shop has basic armor for the class types. If you’re using Warriors, consider splurging on the Chain Mail, while the rest of your party should get a Shirt or Leather Armor. At the weapon shop, everything is cheap, so get the best piece of equipment that each character can use. If you’re using a White Mage, the Hammer is a great choice for good damage.
After getting equipped with magic and equipment, venture outside the town. If you’re in need of extra money to finish equipping your characters, fight for awhile to gain as much as you need. Gain a few levels, and when you’re ready, move on to Temple of Chaos to help rescue Princess Sarah.