Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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Engaging RPG remake with charming Disney characters.
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive messages

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

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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Consumerism

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.

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What 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 1, 8, 9, and 14 year old Written bythejokerspencil January 10, 2009

Horrible battle system ruins game

Only Die Hard fans who dont' have gameyboys least ways want those graphics might want to play this game just for the story between kingdom hearts and kingd... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 30, 2009

THANK GOODNESS IT CAME TO AMERICA!

This game is like the bridge between the 1st and 2nd games, it tells what happened and answers some questions such as "Why is Sora in the egg thing in KH2?... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysenxakaxv July 24, 2011

definitely worth playing.

Like the other Kingdom Hearts games, Chain of Memories has an intricate, deep plotline, excellent graphics, and good characters. Sora and his friends are positi... Continue reading

What's it about?

Kingdom Hearts series of games is a strange one that combines Square-Enix's crew of Final Fantasy characters with many of Disney's most well known cartoon personalities, everyone from Donald Duck to Simba from The Lion King. In KINGDOM HEARTS RE: CHAIN OF MEMORIES, this remake of a Gameboy Advance offering sees young warrior Sora exploring a large and mysterious castle where friendship can be regained and memories just may not be what they seem. Joining Sora for this role-playing journey are Goofy, Donald, and Jiminy Cricket.

You'll spend the better part of an hour learning how to play Chains of Memories. Running, dodging, and jumping are simple touches of the controller. But you'll collect cards with various powers along the way, too. Wielding the proper cards in the magical deck that allows you to win in battle takes serious strategy. You can cheat this a bit to regain your card powers by pressing up on the D-pad and the 'X' button at the same time. As the story unfolds with pretty video cutscenes, you'll battle bosses and discover places in which to save your game.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to live with Disney characters who could cast spells. What spell would you cast to help protect your family? Knowing the more mature personalities of the Disney characters in Chain of Memories, which one would you choose to be and why? Or would you rather be one of the Final Fantasy characters featured in the game? Why?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 2
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Release date: December 2, 2008
  • Genre: Role Playing
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fanasy Violence

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