This is an adventure game in which players assume the role of Link, a young hero on a quest to stop an evil villain's plan. From a top-down view, players explore dungeons, solve puzzles, and use swords, bows, and magic to defeat “cartoony” enemy creatures (e.g. skeletons, rats, birds, knights in armor). Occasional boss battles depict more protracted fighting. Enemies usually flash or get knocked back when hit, disappearing in puffs of stars and smoke.