Excerpt: Playing certain role playing games is like singing praises to God at church. Other role playing games are like trudging through a deep muddy marsh. Kingdom Hearts Re:coded is more on the muddy marsh side for me. Square Enix tried to compress this series down for the Nintendo DS handheld.
Excerpt: Kingdom Hearts Re:coded is exactly as the title suggests, a revisit and remake of the earlier Kingdom Hearts Coded DS game. While the series has continuously been going strong, Re:coded doesn’t take any chances but prefers to stay on the safe side with tried and true elements of many of the staples...
Summary: Kingdom Hearts Re:coded attempts to take a Japanese episodic cell phone title and turn it into a full fledged retail release. For the most part it succeeds, with the production values being just shy of the level of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days .
Excerpt: The Kingdom Hearts series is such a tangled mess of semi-sequels, deviations from the main narrative and interweaving time-lines, that it's hard to explain exactly where Re:Coded fits into things. In simple terms, it's a DS follow-up to Kingdom Hearts 2 – but there's more to it than that.
Mildly violent fantasy RPG is fun but not quite flawless.
Common Sense Media
14 April 2011
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: Kingdom Hearts fans have had a rough history with Nintendo's portables. Chain of Memories (regardless of one's thoughts on quality) was not exactly what most series fans were looking for and 358/2 Days was an exercise in impressive technology marred by uninspired gameplay and a padded out storyline.