Review by Saikyo Ki
"Link to the Past quality gameplay in a portable cartridge!? ROCK!!"
It came kind of late in the GB's life, but it was well worth the wait. This is an excellent GB adventure game that will take you a long time to complete. In fact, you'll more than likely be sad that it's over if and when you do beat it. I sure was!
After A Link to the Past, Link travels by sea to have other adventures and defeat more evil. During his voyage, his ship was attacked by a powerful storm. Link tried hard to steer through it, but a huge bolt of lightning struck him and his ship, destroying it and leaving him unconscious. The next thing he knows he is on the island of Koholint, where he once again he must do battle with monsters to ultimately save the island. It appears Link found what he was looking for...?
A pretty interesting story complete with characters that have good substance. This, combined with a nice amount plot twists means you will enjoy the story as well as the gameplay...
...and oh how great the gameplay is! Despite the GB being an inferior piece of hardware when compared to the SNES, it's equal with A Link to the Past in terms of enjoyment! Like all Zelda games, there is a huge overworld with many dungeons with bosses at the end of them and a special item to be collected upon defeating each boss. This style of adventure gaming is as fun as ever. There are a plethora of adventures to be found on the overworld as well. Like in all the Zelda games (except for Adventure of Link), there will be many weapons and items you will be able to have Link utilize. There's also plenty of optional hidden items/mini games to find. In fact, there are so many secrets strewn throughout this game that it will all seem downright mindboggling at first!
One nice thing about this game is the fact that there is more than one town, which means you won't have to go back to the town you start in to be in a safe place.
The owl that tells you hints on where to go next may make the game seem somewhat linear, but you don't have to do everything he says right when he says it. Your ability to explore the world and do whatever you want is only limited by your means to get by obstacles.
It can't get much better than this. Many enemies can be on the screen at once, terrain effects are very nice, bosses are large and everything is well animated and detailed. The cinema scenes are great, also.
Effects are easily above average. In fact, the text scrolling sounds are almost exactly like the SNES sounds. The music is very good by GB standards, and fits moods just right. The traditional overworld theme, while slightly changed, it still great.
You can assign weapons/items to either the A or B button, meaning anyone can customize the controls to their liking. Apart from that, you can't go wrong with walking around with the direction pad and accessing the map/menus with the start/select buttons.
Replay Value: 4
It is possible to beat the game without doing and finding everything, so if you know that you skipped over some things, definitely play the game again. If not, then there isn't that much else to do.
You'll be hard pressed to find a better game on the GB. Even though there is a remixed version of this game available, the reason that remix is so successful is due to the fact that the original version was already spectacular. Zelda fans, Adventure game fans and plain old video game fans will love this game no matter what version they own, which is why I give it a 9.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 07/09/01, Updated 07/09/01
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