Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is an Adorable Remake
Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has been remade for switch. The original title came out in 1993. 26 years later – this remake feels modern and adorable at the same time.
The art style is simple and cutesy, but detailed and exciting. It feels like the perfect living, miniature world. The world can also be your downfall. Tightly connected areas mean that its easy to leave something important behind. You have to think carefully about what tool to use to proceed. It reminds me of a time that puzzles were the core component of games and although it can be frustrating at times, its worth it for the sense of accomplishment you get for figuring it out.
The story starts with Link crashing his boat and washing up on a mysterious island. There is a large mountain where a giant egg sits. Link learns that the egg is home to a sleeping creature called Wind Fish. The only way to get off the island is to wake it up. In order to do it you need to find eight instruments hidden across the island.
It’s a lot of hard work, but the egg is always in the background “egging” you on. The world is large and full of multiple dungeons that have the tools you need to progress. By getting new abilities and tools, you are able to go back and access new areas that were once blocked off. You can use bombs and other items to find secret locations and dungeons. It isn’t a huge map, but there is lots to explore and discover in Mabe Village. You can easily sink hours of time into this title just by exploring.
There is also a dungeon creator mode which is basically a simple version of Mario Maker. You can customise your own dungeon with existing blocks – it’s a creative distraction from running around the Village.
Overall, Link’s Awakening is a wonderful little game that harkens back to the classic days of gaming. It is available now for £59.99 on the Nintendo Switch.