Review by swyg

"I could play this game until I go blind from tv rays"

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past exceeds on so many levels that even the newer Zelda games fail to succeed on.

A Link to the Past has everything you'd want in a video game; perfect gameplay, beautiful music, fun levels with medium challenging boss fights and a pace that many video games cannot hope to achieve. The level designs are a technical marvel filled with challenging puzzels and enemies, it's amazing how well thought out this game was.

The items in the game are plentiful as are the levels. Lttp is the first (and so far only) Zelda game with more than 9 dungeons.Granted some of the levels are short, the pacing in them leaves no room for any complaints. It's also the first Zelda game to introduce The Master Sword and since then The Master Sword has become a trademark to all Zelda games. By holding the B button down for a second and then releasing it you can perform a "Hurricane spin", this technique was first introduced in this game as well.

Throughout Lttp you will need to use an item called the "magic mirror" in order to go back to the light world from the dark world, that's right! There are two worlds you are going to be playing through, they might be in the same mortal plane but there's a huge difference between the two. Everyone that you knew in the light world will look completely different in the dark world. For instance, one of the smith's in the light world that obviously looks like a human will be a frog-like creature in the dark world *ribbit*. You're going to have to use the magic mirror a lot in this game in order to get to certain places you can't otherwise.

Some of the basic items that you'll be using are the boomerang, bow and arrow, and hookshot. However, there are many unique items that you'll discover such as the ice rod, fire rod, magic cape, magic hammer and three very powerful items known as the Gold Medallions which effect every enemy on the screen: Bombos, Quake and Ether (use wisely due to extensive magic cost).You can upgrade some of these items including your shield and sword by throwing them into hidden fairy caves.

If you're going to buy one Zelda game in your entire life, get A Link to the Past. Trust me, you'll not be disappointed.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 09/26/07

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

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