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Video GameKingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: @JonahMonaghan, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is an action-rhythm game. You play through songs from the Kingdom Hearts series of video games by hitting enemies in time with the music with your staff. This makes for a nice blend of rhythm and combat.

There are 140 tracks in the story mode that revisit brief synopsis of the main game series' storylines. These offer a novel introduction to the main stories, while also fleshing out the complicated narratives. In co-op mode you take turns to play different sections of a song. In battle mode you compete with players online to see who performs better. You can earn tricks to hamper the other players.

The game offers an unusual combination of rhythm and storytelling while evolving the play with new mechanisms, modes, and difficulties.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/11/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PS4 and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Action, Rhythm (Action and Rhythm)

Accessibility: 17 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Developer: Square Enix (@SquareEnix)



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Play Time: It takes between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game. The co-op mode can be played locally however the battle mode cannot.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12+ for violence. Violence towards human characters is unrealistic, with bright lights and magical effects appearing on impact. Characters stagger backwards but do not show injuries or cry out in pain.

During the various levels, fantastical enemy characters advance on the player's character and must be attacked in time to the music. In most cases, characters are defeated with a single hit but others may require multiple hits. As with the human characters, reactions to violence are undetailed and unrealistic. All the weapons used are unrealistic and the reaction to the violence is the same regardless of the type of weapon or magic used.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for fantasy violence, mild language. Animated sequences sometimes depict characters using keyblades to attack enemies in one-on-one combat; a handful of sequences involve characters being impaled—depicted off-screen or obscured by bright flashes of light. One song title contains the word “damned.”

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need a good sense of timing and to be able to follow the on-screen cues for each press. Knowing about the characters in the game before playing this is also something that motivates players.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory usually costs £49.99. 

Kingdom Hearts Melody Of Memory (International)

XBox Store Xbox One £49.99

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.


Our Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:
The game offers a One-Button mode. Although, you will need to beat the song in story mode. Many beginner songs can be beaten with one button. In addition, the timing between the music and the game's track can be adjusted to match how you process the audio signifiers. The game provides a visual ring to time your attacks, while you learn the songs.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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