The labyrinth, or glitched Coliseum, is an area within Olympus Coliseum's Keyhole that appears in Kingdom Hearts coded and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. It initially contains five floors known as "layers" however completing these unlocks fifteen layers that can be completed to unlock a total of thirty layers. In the labyrinth, gameplay transforms into a turn-based battle system.
Kingdom Hearts coded
When Olympus Coliseum is filled with bugs, Data-Sora promptly finds the world's Keyhole and enters it to reach the labyrinth. He teams up with Hercules and Cloud to destroy the bug sources.
Hades and Cerberus are fought on Layer 05, the Rock Titan is encountered on Layer 15, the Behemoth is faced on Layer 25, and finally the true source of the bugs, the Ice Titan, is battled on Layer 30.
While in the field, Data-Sora retains all movement abilities but has no combat capabilities, except striking with the Keyblade. A typical layer contains several rooms with corridors connecting them. Each room is affected by the Bug Level, which indicates the amount of Bug Blox in the room and determines the strength of that room's enemies. Destroying Bug Blox and defeating Heartless reduces the Bug Level, which weakens enemies, earns bonus score points and converts Metal and Danger Blox into Normal and Prize Blox. To advance to the next layer, Data-Sora must find and examine the warp point, usually hidden beneath a pile of Bug Blox. At the end of each layer, a score is given based on the amount of score prizes obtained. Save rooms are found between certain layers.
To initiate a battle, Data-Sora must come into contact or strike an enemy with the Keyblade. If Data-Sora attacks an enemy from the back, he will trigger a pre-emptive attack, giving him an extra turn at the start of the battle. However, if an enemy attacks Data-Sora from the back, Data-Sora will be caught in a back attack, giving the enemy an extra turn at the start of the battle. Swirling shadows, known as menaces, contain powerful enemies that pursue Data-Sora even if he is in another room or corridor.
In combat, most abilities and the Loot Cheat are disabled since battles are entirely turn-based. Data-Sora can perform a regular attack by pressing and can string combos up to three hits by pressing when prompted. When an enemy attacks, blocking can be achieved by pressing when prompted, halving the damage taken. Holding down , allows the party to attempt to escape the battle. Team combat with party members, such as Hercules or Cloud, is similar to individual combat, though Game Over is only achieved when Data-Sora's health is fully depleted. Some techniques are exclusive to Data-Sora, including compiled commands and licenses. However, all characters can perform a unique, individual special attack, which randomly replaces a standard combo attack:
Save rooms appear after layers 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 09, 10, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, and 29.