Square could have released this game as the "lost sequel to the original Final Fantasy."
If you want an old-school JRPG akin to the early Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior games, you can't go wrong with Last Dream.
I know seeing that this was made in RPGMaker may make a lot of gamers out there skeptical of purchase, I certainly was hesitant at first, but thankfully my fears were unfounded. This game is fully realized, deep, and polished, but easy to get into, and without overwhelming you with extraneous minutiae, the way some needlessly complex games can.
Last Dream is a professional production made by people with a deep understanding of what makes these games tick. The mechanics are fun and engaging, and it is well-balanced throughout... although I'm not really sure how one makes it through the "Legendary" difficulty. I tried that out briefly and I'll just say that you'd better be some next-level kind of hardcore player to consider taking that on.
Anyway, I've completed the entire game, done pretty much all of the optional content (of which there is quite a bit), and done a full "Reborn" run (restart from the beginning with a level 1 party retaining all your end-game items), so I know this game well. Summing up my experience, I felt like I was playing an early 90's AAA Square or Enix made JRPG from an alternate reality, and that's a good thing!