This game is awesome. theres nothing better if your into a jump in-out game on gameboy. the controls work well, (but dont break the L or R buttons or your screwed) the story is not any better than the pokemon games for a gameboy, but its executed much better than most on the GBA. I got it for my birthday when it came out, broke my L button, and sold the game. I got it off of here a while ago, and am already almost done with Soras story. ITs something that you can play before bed, on the school bus, before dinner, on the john, and other places you cant play your ds because the motion controls are too distacting from whatever your doing. The only real bad part i had with it was the saveing. you can quicksave if theres no save point nearby, but if theres more than one person playing on the same cartridge than they can either: 1. take you to a save point which is eassy cuz its to linear, or 2. be a jerk and erase the quick save. its all up to you. but like i said, linear. The hardest fights arent even bossfights, but trying to find the cards with the right number to open the doors. thats a pain in the neck when it wants a nine or a zero, which are pretty randomly obtained.
Like any Kingdom Hearts game, it has an amazing story that sews Kingdom Hearts one and two together. However, the card system killed the game for me. Some people complain that the PS2 games are too easy due to its button-mashing, but at least it was fun! Spending countless battles looking for good battle cards was redundant, and looking for cards to open doors was downright infuriating. Oh, and after you save, quit, and start up again? You lose all of your cards.
Kingdom Hearts fans, you should either:
1) Hope a remake is made that gets rid of the card system
2) Watch a Let's Play to enjoy the game without the hassle
or 3) read the plot on the internet so the KH1-KH2 transition makes sense.
This story lives up to the series, the game shames it.
In this version of kingdom hearts things aren't as fun as the other two games. If you compare the other two games to this one it lacks in good battles and much of it is the same. I played it for one day before I sent it off. You should try playing this one before the second one just because it is the link between the two games. Things defiantly would make more sense if you play it.