Review by Darkdoomsday

"Zelda on the SNES Face Palms the NES"

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was the first Zelda game to appear on the SNES. This was the next major step up from the NES and proudly named the third Zelda title. This game took it to the next level and made some major changes from the first two counterparts to the series. This game dropped the whole non-linear dungeon sequence and made it so that only one path was possible to progress through a dungeon. This was also the first Zelda game in which you could catch fairies in a bottle and use them when your life was drained. This game also offered a variety of items much more than the first two alike. This was sure to be a masterpiece that could only be categorized as the next major advancement in Zelda.

Story 10/10
A young boy clothed in green is summoned by Zelda to save her from the being imprisoned in Hyrule Castle. After freeing her, you are assigned the task of finding the pendents of Power, Wisdom, and Courage. When you find the three pendents and the Master Sword, your goal is to defeat the evil in Hyrule Castle. You are then transported into the Dark World, where you can freely move between them to find seven crystals in which the maidens have been imprisoned within. This all leads to a classic showdown with Ganondorf.

Controls 10/10
Easy controls that were much easier to handle than the classic Zelda controls and so easy to. You have your basic control pad to move Link and the B button is your sword. You can also utilize the X and Y buttons to open screens, and A uses your items. Start opens the item menu, and Select is the save screen. It may sound a lot to swallow, but it's really not that complicated.

Graphics 9/10
This game had some amazing graphics that really set it apart from the NES versions. This game featured real graphics that you truly would find in real life. Rather than just take a few simple colors and apply them to the whole overworld, you have a bunch of colors featuring a scenic Light World that is a mix of colors and a Dark World that is made of pure gold and eerie colors. Amazing graphics for such an older game that still amaze people today.

Game Play 9/10
The minute you begin playing, you are immediately thrown into action. You begin the game by disobeying your uncle and sneaking into Hyrule Castle where you get your sword and shield, which allows you to defend yourself. After doing the mini dungeon in the beginning, you will be prompted to do a little exploring to find your way to the next dungeon. This game has many unknown caves and towns to explore. Unlike the Zelda II, you are able to go into nearly every house you see, in which you discover something new. All in all, you will play through about 11 dungeons, 10 main dungeons that require you to find something and one mini dungeon that progress you through the story. You actually go through this mini dungeon twice, but you go through different areas of it.

Rent or Buy?
I would say definitely buy this game. It is a great classic Zelda game that will give you hours of enjoyment. The beauty thing about most Zelda games is you aren't lead by the nose or spoon fed to get you on your way. You have the freedom of exploring to find your way to your next objective.

Conclusion
This is a great Zelda game and definitely deserves to be on your purchase list. If you can't get an SNES copy because they are really hard to find in this year, you should play the Gameboy Advance version. It's the same thing, but they actually tell you the names of the dungeons, and you can unlock some hidden features in it by playing the second part Four Swords, but you need another player in order to play it. No matter which system you play this game on, you will enjoy it.


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 10/22/07

Game Release: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (US, 04/13/92)


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