The Legend of Zelda

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The Legend of Zelda is my second favorite Zelda game in the series.

Status

I own the original gold cart, the revised gold cart, and the gray cart. I have beaten the game many times with 100% completion. I've beaten the second quest a couple of times with 100% completion. I once mapped nearly every bomb/burn site for both quests.

Review

Overall: 8/10

Good

  • Considering the constraints of the media, there is an unbelievable amount of game here!
  • The game manages to be very long without being unnecessarily difficult. Though, a beginner will certainly want the manual and map with them.
  • Even without the second quest, the game is wonderful. The addition of an entirely new underworld was delicious icing on the cake.
  • The slow progression of items you can buy and through the exploration of dungeons keeps the game fresh the whole time.
  • Despite having very little space for music, it manages to be memorable and not become annoying. The title music is especially good.

Bad

  • The game requires a lot of trial and error to find all the hidden rooms and treasures. Thankfully, the vast majority of these are optional.
  • I wish there were more red/blue versions of the various enemies, items, etc. This seems like an untapped area. For example, there are no blue Like-Likes, red Wall Masters, Red Gibdos, or Red Manhandlas. Some of them are backward was as well, like the Red Tektites being harder to kill than the blue.
  • Unless you're familiar with Japanese mythology, a lot of the monsters will seem particularly unusual and abstract.
  • Some of the items seem to be poorly placed like when you get boomerangs from both the first and second dungeons. Although this may have been on purpose to introduce the idea of upgrading items early on.
  • Dungeon 7 is particularly out of place with a (by then, sissy) Aquamentus for a boss, and the red candle for a treasure.

Ugly

  • Nothing. This game is sheer brilliance.

Notes

  • The font used on the box art on the "ZELDA" logo is Zapf International Demi.

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