Parents' Guide to

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

By Mark Raby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fantasy game shows same story from different viewpoints.

Game PSP 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Fun Disney RPG for kids and adults alike

In Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, the player gets to experience the stories of three teenagers called Terra, Ventus and Aqua as they journey through worlds inspired by various Disney movies and fight evil. While there is a fair amount of fighting in the game, it's nothing beyond what you'd see in your average cartoon or Disney movie. The heroes and the two main villains fight using giant key-shaped swords, although there is no blood involved. However, in Terra's storyline, there is a scene in which a villain's eye is destroyed by a blast of magic, as well as a scene where the main villain stabs himself (with his giant key-shaped sword) to release his soul from his body. In Ventus' storyline, Ventus gets stabbed in a similar fashion. For something based on Disney, the storyline is unusually dark, and the game doesn't have your typical Disney ending. However, it is fun to play, and the main thing that makes it unsuitable for younger children is difficulty. Some parts of the game are incredibly hard and require the player to master the game in order to stand a chance.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (8):

The Kingdom Hearts franchise has garnered wild interest because of its compelling storytelling as well as its interaction with likable Disney characters. Birth by Sleep is no exception. There is a lot of exploration around very whimsical environments, keeping the game fresh and unique through its numerous hours of play. The battle system is more about having a sharp mind and incorporating the right strategy than it is about attacking enemies with mindless rampancy. This provides the game with an overall captivating experience. The story is very well crafted and should keep the player intrigued and instilled with wonder throughout the entire game. In short, with a great story and lots of interaction with familiar Disney characters, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is a worthy addition to the successful Kingdom Hearts franchise.

Game Details

  • Platform: PSP
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Release date: September 7, 2010
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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