Chronologically, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded takes place after the events of Kingdom Hearts II. The story begins with Jiminy Cricket discovering a message in his journal, the one he kept when he met Sora in Kingdom Hearts. King Mickey digitizes the journal and discovers a datascape with the worlds from the first game.
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded has some twists such as side-scrolling levels and RPG style fights in the Olympus Coliseum. Fans can also look forward to a "secret talk" that hints at future events in the Kingdom Hearts series.