Kingdom Hearts Re:coded

Common Sense Media says

Mildly violent fantasy RPG is fun but not quite flawless.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

King Mickey and his friends digitize Jiminy Cricket's journal and jump in to solve a mystery. Here, they tap a second Sora, who leads the fight against those who stand in their way. Sora is brave and noble, but he does resort to violence to defeat various creatures in this virtual world.

Positive role models

The protagonists -- coming from both the Square Enix fantasy world and Disney universe -- are "good guys" who band together to fight against evil. They fight frequently, using melee weapons and magic to defeat enemies, but they also display honorable camaraderie.

Ease of play

There are camera issues and it can be difficult to auto-target enemies (the game tends to select characters you're not interested in battling), but generally speaking this Nintendo DS game is easy to play.

Violence

This game contains fantasy violence. The lead character fights against enemies using his giant key as a sword and casts magic spells. He sometimes fights many creatures at once and occasionally takes on bigger boss characters. Enemies disappear without bloodshed or gore.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The game features many familiar Disney characters, including Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Jiminy Cricket.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kingdom Hearts Re:coded is a fantasy role-playing game with fighting, platforming, and strategy elements. The action takes place in an alternate world inside of Jiminy Cricket's journal, but there is plenty of combat. This includes hacking and slashing using Sora's giant key sword and casting spells. Defeating enemies -- which are usually black and non-descript "Heartless" creatures -- causes them to disappear, with stars and circles bubbling up around them. Or they might leave prizes behind.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

KINGDOM HEARTS RE:CODED is a remake of a Japanese-only mobile phone game called Kingdom Hearts coded. While it can be difficult to follow at times, the story begins with Jiminy Cricket discovering a line in his personal journal he didn't write: \"Their hurting will be mended when you return to end it.\" To find the meaning behind this cryptic message, King Mickey digitizes the journal and summons the help of an alternate Sora, who is also in the digital world. Sora leads an adventure through multiple environments to find the source of the cryptic data in order to fix it, returning the journal to its original form. The story is told primarily through still images and text, but there are also some animated sequences featuring the voices of familiar Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It isn't a perfect 10, but Kingdom Hearts Re:coded is still quite good. It offers many different kinds of gameplay types -- action, turn-based and real-time strategy, and platforming, to name a few -- spread out between multiple Disney-themed worlds with recognizable allies and enemies. It's a traditional fantasy role-playing game, which means you can create an avatar (in multiplayer Tag mode), gain experience points, view character stats, unlock new skills, follow a map, upgrade abilities, speak with NPCs (non-player characters), visit shops, and so on. That said, the third-person combat and strategy sequences are noticeably more fun than the platforming elements. Plus, there are some camera issues that prove frustrating at times. Overall, however, this colorful adventure keeps thing fresh with its varying game types, cute characters, and diverse locations.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the notion of fusing characters from different universes. Do you like seeing Square Enix fighters like Sora and Riku alongside famous Disney characters? Do you enjoy fighting against familiar foes from Disney movies (such as Jafar and Maleficent) or should they be kept for the silver screen instead?

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  • Families can also talk about how they feel seeing Disney characters in a game that features frequent (if mild) fantasy violence. Is perpetual combat congruent with the image Disney has traditionally fostered for these characters?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$34.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Square Enix
Release date:January 11, 2011
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:E10+ for Fantasy Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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Teen, 16 years old Written byPITLadyPalutena99 June 29, 2012
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LEARNING

Good but change namine's clothing to a more modest attire.

Its great but they could make namine's dress less like a blouse.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byvaugna16 April 23, 2011
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7
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Teen, 16 years old Written bymkalv September 6, 2011
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8
QUALITY
 

Not as good as the others

Okay, this game isn't bad. Its just mediocore compared to most of the other Kingdom Hearts video games. The gameplay is interesting, though, in that this game has a few different styles of gameplay that vary for certain levels. That was cool. The plot was mostly filler though, and the animation didn't impress. Still, I didn't regret playing it.
What other families should know
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Great role models

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