A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Everyone works together in a group to move the story toward its completion. Some characters are on the dark side, but they're never creepy.
Violence & Scariness
It's fantasy violence so you won't see blood. You can use magic or a sword to defeat your enemies, but even the blade that's used doesn't look like a sword. It looks like an old-fashioned skeleton key. Defeated enemies disappear in a cloud of smoke.
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Products & Purchases
This game is part of a series of Kingdom Hearts video games which promote many branded Disney characters (including Donald and Goofy), as well characters from the Final Fantasy series of video games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while there is constant fighting, it's of the cartoon variety. There's never any blood, just action. While the game is full of classic Disney characters, the story is can be dark. Goofy and Donald seem more like maturing teens than kiddie characters. The game also features characters from the Final Fantasy series of video games.
Is It Any Good?
If you don't think a PlayStation 2 remake of a Gameboy Advance game is worth your time, think again. Not only is there charm to this story, there are so many characters that the twists and turns never seem to end. While the graphics still have some jaggies, they have been redone to the extent that you'll never think this once was a handheld game for an outdated Nintendo system.
Yet there are challenges for the player. Many of the minor battles done in an effort to level up your character are repetitive and, therefore, border on being boring. (The boss battles, however, are generally compelling.) Although voiceover work is done by actors Haley Joel Osmont and David Gallagher, there's not enough of it. Most of the time, you'll be reading lines of text and seeing characters silently mime words. In this day and age, that's fine for a handheld game. But it's lazy and inexcusable for a console game, even when it's a last generation model like the PS2. Still, the joy of exploring various lands, especially the Nightmare Before Christmas environment, can't be denied. Whatever the flaws, you just keep coming back for more.
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