A free demo for Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory went live today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, giving players a sample of the newest entry in the franchise set to release on November 13th. The demo features six songs to try, as well as a couch co-op mode for two players. If you’re on the Switch version, you can check out a local multiplayer mode where up to eight players can compete for the best score.
Using the music of the series to create a rhythm game, Melody of Memory blends in staples of Kingdom Hearts gameplay. Much like Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and it’s different versions, the type of song you pick will correspond to a different type of stage. Some will involve combat against Heartless enemies, while others be set over key event scenes from the series. What sets it apart is that characters can attack, jump, glide, and use abilities in real time, more closely resembling a Kingdom Hearts experience.
These different functions are mapped to buttons in a layout Kingdom Hearts players will find familiar, but if you want a simpler experience, the game offers a “One Button Mode” that will allow you to focus more on timing rather than the abstracted combat elements. I preferred used the button mode over the stylus mode in Theatrhythm on the 3DS, so it’s nice to have a similar option available here.
Completing stages will earn you experience points to earn levels as well as items — but the demo doesn’t allow you to play around with these features yet. Over 140 songs will have three difficulty modes each: Beginner, Normal, and Proud.
You can check out our footage in the video below:
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory launches November 13th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.