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Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

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Game Reviewed: Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Reviewer: Justin Matthew
Platform: 3DS
Category: Action RPG
ESRB Rating: E10+
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Game Description:

(Warning: This review contains story spoilers.)

Sora and Riku, two of the main characters from the Kingdom Hearts games, are about to take their mark of mastery exam to become masters of the keyblade, a weapon that choses who is responsible for wielding it to defeat darkness. In order to pass this test, the characters need to travel to seven different worlds modeled off of Disney films and wake up the sleeping keyholes that reside in the worlds. This is essential because it will wake the world from its slumber. Throughout the story, players will switch between playing as Sora and Riku to defeat enemies, and to overall pass their exam.


Sora and Riku wield a weapon known as the keyblade. The keyblade is basically a sword that looks like a giant key. As the player progresses throughout the game he/she will obtain new keyblades that have better offensive capabilities. Players can also use two different types of magic: Offensive Magic such as fire and blizzard to deal damage, and Defensive Magic such as cure and shell to buff a player’s defense and health.

There is a new enemy in this game called Dream-Eaters. Dream-Eaters are both fought and bred to help aid your character in battle. These monsters/allies will aid you in combat by giving you special abilities and buffing up your defenses.

In the world of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Judge Frollo captures a gypsy and burns her at the stake. Quasimodo, the hero of this world, saves the girl (no details to burns are depicted nor does she shriek in pain when being burned.) After this scene a boss battle takes place and once defeated, Judge Frollo falls into a burning fire. (This scene is not detailed and when he falls in the fire the camera changes perspective.)

In the world of Tron, you can grid race and knock people off of their bikes.


I heard the word hell used once.


One of the characters in the game wears a shirt that shows mid-riff.

Spiritual Content

The game's main villain is Organization XIII. (Warning story spoiler) In past Kingdom Hearts games this group would do whatever they could to stop the protagonists from defeating the darkness. But in this game it is explained that they plan on using their leader, Master Xehanort, who is a keyblade master, to give his power to his thirteen members. Now long ago there was a keyblade war. Both light and dark fought to take the power of the keyblade (X Blade). Eventually the X Blade was broken into twenty pieces; thirteen dark, and seven light. Master Xehanort planned to make his thirteen disciples dark keyblade wielders. The wielders of light consist of Sora, Riku, King Mickey, Aqua, Ventus, Terra, and Axel. (These characters' Stories are in past Kingdom Hearts games) Now Master Xehanort was one member short, so he decided to possess Sora in darkness and to use him as their thirteenth member. Riku, who was once possessed by darkness, and is haunted by it in this game, dives into Sora to defeat his dark side. Once this fight is won, Riku passes the test and Sora is to be tested another time.

One character, Joshua, gives Sora and Riku a lot of information to help make their test easier. During his last appearance he spread angel wings out from his body. I do not know why this happened, but I do know that in a past game made by Square Enix, The World Ends With You, Joshua was one of the main characters. His background is mostly described in that game.

Reviewer's Thoughts

If you are like me and love the Kingdom Hearts franchise and are starving for Kingdom Hearts three, then pick this game up. It leads directly into what will most likely be part three, and I did not spoil everything for you. If you are looking for a good game for your child, please keep a few things in mind. Even though this game takes place in a Disney universe, it has a dark theme. It was not dark enough to make me feel uncomfortable while playing it, but know that the Disney role in the game does not take over the main theme of the game. Also keep in mind that if you are new to the Kingdome Hearts franchise you may want to play the previous Kingdom Hearts games first. The game does come with descriptions of the past Kingdom Hearts games; these are revealed as you make progress in the story. Overall I think that this is a great game that is easy to pick up and play and enjoy.

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