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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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Genre: Adventure, Role-playing (RPG)

Platforms: Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Super Famicom, Wii, Virtual Console (Nintendo), Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Game Boy Advance

A top-down action/adventure title in which Link, a blacksmith's nephew living in the fantastical land of Hyrule, must free the land from the evildoings of Ganon by taking up the mythical Master Sword and collecting the three Triforces in order to free the Seven Maidens, including the princess of Hyrule, Zelda, from the dungeons and castles of the Dark World.


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Link about to rescue Princess Zelda from a dungeon beneath Hyrule castle
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Link escorting Zelda to the secret passage in the throne room
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jktomas
37 reviews

Good 90%

The minute you start the game you are sucked into a wonderful adventure. You get to explore a huge (for its time) land of Hyrule, you get to fight with some very creative bosses, you get to meet some fun characters. It just feels like a real adventure. Solving a dungeon, especially the last ones, feels satisfying. My favorite part of Zelda games is looking for heart container pieces. Finding them feels very satisfying too. I unfortunately haven't... Read More

Positive points
Clever puzzles
Fun bosses
It provides you with an adventurous feeling
A great improvement over an already great original game
Negative points
Later dungeons get very tricky and confusing Hyrule is a vast and confusing place to navigate, getting to later stages makes your brain hurt Story doesn't matter. It might as well not even have one... Read More
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Trtreiber
180 reviews

Good 90%

This is a pretty epic game, and I remembered almost ALL of the secrets in it so it was very easy to blow through at this point. Wished it was a little bit longer and little harder but that may just be me having played it so many times already. Classic game that still holds up for the most part. Score Breakdown "The Tale" Story- 7 Pacing- 7 Characters- 6 Originality- 7 Linearity- 9 Length- 8 Epicness- 8 "The Presentation" Visuals- 7 Display- ... Read More
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DingleDongle
41 reviews

Average 60%

The game isn't bad however it is easily one of the weaker 2D games in the franchise. I'm not a massive fan of the aesthetic, zelda music has some of the best soundtrack throughout the entire franchise, however this soundtrack sits in the middle, with some great track, and then those that stab your ears. The sword play is frustrating to say the least, maybe coming off of the Oracle games but the sword hitbox felt smaller than the sword, and there ... Read More

Storyline

The plot of A Link to the Past focuses on Link as he travels on a journey to save Hyrule, defeat Ganon and rescue the seven descendants of the Sages. A Link to the Past uses a 3/4 top-down perspective similar to that of the original The Legend of Zelda, dropping the side scrolling elements of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. A Link to the Past introduced elements to the series that are still commonplace today, such as the concept of an alternate or parallel world, the Master Sword and other new weapons and items.