The Legend of Zelda

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


Review

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.

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.
  • Unless you're familiar with Japanese mythology, a lot of the monsters will seem rather unusual.
  • Some of the items seem to be poorly placed like then you get boomerangs from both the first and second dungeons.
  • Dungeon 7 is particularly out of place with an (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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