The result is a game that thrills in small doses, and translates most of the series' better traits to the 3DS with real flair. However, over long distances it quickly runs out of steam, thanks to a number of questionable design choices. If you've put up with the series until now there's a good chance you'll have fun with this one, but for us it's yet more evidence of Kingdom Hearts' faded glory.
A beautiful, sporadically fun action RPG, and a great showcase for the power of the 3DS. Sit down and play it, however, and you're in for an infuriating time.