The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past The year is 1991. The Cold War ends. Most people would tell you the disbanding of the Soviet Union was the reason the world could rest easy.
Those people are not critical thinkers. A real intellectual like myself would point out that one month before the Soviet Union crumbled, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past came out for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Coincidence? I think not. This game was so revolutionary that it single handedly saved the planet.
This game sounds and looks amazing. Most games from the 90’s look terrible.
This game looks like the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. Sunsets and rainbows are hideous compared to this game.
Most things that have been aged 30 years either smell bad or leave a bad taste in your mouth. This game is like a fine wine. The longer it sits, the better it gets. It also has some of the best music for the time.
Most of the songs from this game have been recycled into other Zelda games. During my play through, my motto was, “It all stems back to Link to the Past.”
It is difficult for me to express the artistic elements to this game, because it is so deep in every aspect.
Art is fine and dandy, but the gameplay is the most important part. If you have ever played Zelda game, you know that these games are super long. They take hours to complete all the way through.
This game is in a weird spot. It has 13 dungeons, dozens of different items, and a lot of collectables.
That sounds like a lot, right? Well if you are a real gamer like me, you can beat this game in under 20 hours.
The game feels like it should take forever, but when you are playing it things feel like they are moving almost too fast. You can just keep playing and you feel like you are achieving a ton the entire time.
You can get lost in this game very easily. The good kind of lost, not the bad one. Something feels so right about not knowing what you are getting into when you walk into the next room. Everything feels so unique and intricate. You also don’t feel like you are waiting the entire time for something to happen like in other Zelda games.
You are free to explore different places of the world you are not ready for. You won’t get yourself into a situation where you will die, but you can find some puzzles you can’t complete.
Then, when you find what you need for that puzzle you get the “wowzers” moment.
Extremely fulfilling to say the least.
Is there anything I don’t like about this game? Imagine getting a car, a new computer and 100 bucks for your birthday, but the only other gift you get is a pair of socks.
That is barely an issue compared to the awesome stuff you got, right? That’s exactly what I feel about this game. Some bosses are a little hard to figure out how to defeat, and some others you can beat too easily.
Some things are not clear enough, like how to use some certain items you get, but that kind of stuff is sparse.
There are almost no issues with this game, it is almost perfect. Except that your uncle dies in the first 5 minutes. Kind of sad, but it fine because he gives you a sword. A worthy sacrifice to say the least.
Fun fact: this was the first Zelda game I have ever completed. Fun fact: this was the most fun Zelda game I have ever completed. I cannot possibly praise this game enough and I doubt you care.
To that I say, that’s not very nice. More importantly I think you need to play the game. I have played 100’s of terrible games and this was not one of them.
If you want to try this game for yourself you can find it on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo Switch, Game Boy Advance, Wii, Wii U, and New Nintendo 3DS.
Overall, I am going to rate this game 9.5 rupees out of 10.