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  • Summary: KINGDOM HEARTS® CHAIN OF MEMORIES delivers an entirely new adventure and sets the stage for KINGDOM HEARTS II. Sora, Donald and Goofy travel through many vast and colorful worlds in search of their missing companions.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Without a doubt one of the best games available for the GBA and one of the best reasons for owning the system. The characters, locales, and enemies from the original are all here, creating a compelling game and story on par in many ways with the original.
  2. The story is deep and intriguing, with very enjoyable and addictive gameplay.
  3. Yes, you're essentially playing through the events of Kingdom Hearts in portable form, but there's enough content here to make the experience seem new and fresh again.
  4. 80
    Combines two much-maligned RPG staples, random dungeons and card battles, and somehow pulls it off with aplomb.
  5. The story is superb, the graphics and music are among the best on the GBA, and the concept is unique and interesting. [Feb 2005, p.112]
  6. Although billed as the bridge between the first and second PS2 "Kingdom Hearts" adventures, Memories feels more like a "Golden Girls" clips episode - lots of reminiscing and recapping in lieu of new hijinks. [Jan 2005, p.143]
  7. 45
    Save for a tedious gimmick level in the Hundred-Acre Wood, each stage follows the same basic structure: work towards the first cutscene, which provides the key to the second cutscene, which provides the key to the boss. There are no puzzles or complex paths to work through -- once you've solved one, you've solved them all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Mar 17, 2012
    10
    This game... it's pretty much the Kingdom Hearts equivalent of Final Fantasy IX to me. Everything about this game, in my eyes, is straight upThis game... it's pretty much the Kingdom Hearts equivalent of Final Fantasy IX to me. Everything about this game, in my eyes, is straight up perfect. The pacing of the story is perfect. The characters are perfect. The worlds are perfect. And yes, even the battle system, in my eyes, is straight up perfect. The card system was something fresh and new and it never deteriorated from the balls-to-the-walls-battles for me. The addition of the Nobodies as the primary antagonists was also perfect, because it gave some very complex baddies to actually be scared of. And the story is still from the brilliant minds of Square, being able to capture the themes of rememberance, what we need vs. what we want, and deception in one glorious package.

    This game garners a perfect ten out of me, and keep in mind that this is my opinion.
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  2. Bsilver87
    Dec 6, 2004
    10
    One of the games that actually uses the gba to its full capacity. trust me on this, I have the Japanese version, and I am very amazed. Get itOne of the games that actually uses the gba to its full capacity. trust me on this, I have the Japanese version, and I am very amazed. Get it once you see it!!! Expand
  3. SaraL.
    Jan 17, 2005
    10
    It was so great! i luv sora too!
  4. JosefW.
    May 18, 2005
    8
    Truly engaging story. Awsome graphics. The only complaint is that the gameplay is kinda linear.
  5. May 23, 2011
    8
    Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories has some of the best looking cutscenes ever seen on a GBA, as well as some stylish card-based battles. Pros:Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories has some of the best looking cutscenes ever seen on a GBA, as well as some stylish card-based battles. Pros: Excellent production for a GBA game; fantastic cutscene; the card-based battles are imaginative and fun; lots of Disney characters. Cons: Dull and repetitive level design; once you're out of cards, battles become overwhelmingly difficult. Expand
  6. May 27, 2012
    7
    This game was fun.
  7. Chris
    Jan 2, 2005
    2
    Avoid this game at all costs. The trailer looked great, I enjoyed the PS2 game from what I played, but this is unfogivable. There is no Avoid this game at all costs. The trailer looked great, I enjoyed the PS2 game from what I played, but this is unfogivable. There is no tutorial. The game took me 4 or 5 worlds to understand what the hell everything was, and I still don't know what every card means. The fighting is boring b/c every fight is the same. The boss battles are the only highlight, but that isn't saying much. The story is slow, with the "..." over everyone's head, and the game overall is boring me to tears! It is the same thing in every world, besides the Pooh level which has no place in this game! Again avoid it at all costs, you will be disappointed. Apparently everyone that gives it a good score has not played more than 2 hours of it. Expand

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