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The Legend of Zelda is renowned for its creative puzzles and the sheer variety of mind-bending challenges throughout the entire series. It often feels as though every game has a new puzzle that the player has not seen before. At the same time, there are certain puzzles that feel familiar but offer new challenges, building upon skills mastered earlier in an adventure. As the Zelda series’ continues to lead the charge on puzzle-solving challenges, other games have naturally followed in its footsteps to…

It’s hard these days to come up with a new idea for a video game. It’s even harder to come up with unique gameplay mechanics. In late 2013, determined game designer Alex Preston embraced both these facts when he began a Kickstarter for Hyper Light Drifter under his own producer name as Heart Machine. It was an ambitious project intended to pay homage to video games of the 8-bit and 16-bit era. From the early stages of its development, Preston has stated that Hyper…

There exist a few special video games that have established a formula and brand so strong that they are now considered their own genre. Classic games like Rogue and Metroid / Castlevania are so unique, and their formulas so instantly recognizable, that any clone, imitator, or inspired / derivative work belongs to the genre defined by those classic games’ success. This is why genres like Roguelikes and Metroidvanias have been accepted into modern gaming vernacular. Does The Legend of Zelda…

Welcome to Zelda Dungeon’s Inspired By Zelda Week! It was my pleasure to kick the proceedings off with a piece I wrote about Blossom Tales, but we decided that wasn’t enough – we wanted to you the (listener? reader? both?) straight to the source of the magic! Joining us this week is Rob Maher, developer, programmer, artist, and general jack-of-all-trades, to talk some Blossom Tales! We talk about future sequels that may or may not involve Shrek, how the Blossom…

The days of 2D, top-down console Zelda games could very well be over.   It’s hard to imagine that Nintendo would go back from a sweeping epic such as Breath of the Wild to the more traditional, quainter games that the 2D Zelda titles tend to be. With the Nintendo 3DS’s lifespan nearing the end of its run, it’s not hard to imagine that without a smaller platform to put a game like that on, we might not see a…

Happy Monday, everyone! In case you haven’t heard, today we’re kicking off a brand new themed week at Zelda Dungeon called Inspired By Zelda. All week long, we’ll be highlighting Zelda-Likes, Zelda Clones, and games that otherwise contain some Zelda DNA. The Caption Contest seems to be taking the term “Zelda Clone” quite literally though, as a dark Zelda doppelganger has attacked our favorite princess. We’re also be announcing the winners from last week’s special prize bag contest, so let’s…

One of the more recent flavors of the month in entertainment has been the concept of escape rooms. What’s as thrilling as spending an hour or few trying to figure out how to avoid certain doom and get out of a nasty situation with your friends or some strangers? Though the idea of an escape room isn’t necessarily completely original, the popularity of films such as Saw have seen the rise in creation of said rooms for entertainment purposes. Such rooms…

Get excited everyone. Following in the footsteps of past themed weeks such as Dungeon Week, an introspective look into some of the dungeons featured in The Legend of Zelda series with different writers offering their own personal stories and analysis, to Music Week, a celebration of the outstanding and iconic tunes found in the Zelda series that featured our Top 50 Zelda tracks ever, comes the next themed week: Inspired By Zelda Zelda has transcended being a simple video game…

Across several games, time travel is an important component of the story. Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Oracle of Ages, and Skyward Sword all utilize aspects of time travel to tell their stories, and they all do it well. Each game takes advantage of the unique situations that time traveling can bring, influencing the characters and the story significantly as a result. Even on a smaller scale, time travel reappears in Twilight Princess, and while it is largely for the…

Zelda Challenge is our show where Kevin and Gooey debate a topic relating to The Legend of Zelda. Then we ask our fans to vote in a poll and let us know who you thought won the debate! It’s OG vs Iconic! Kevin believes that the Boomerang from Link’s Awakening is the best trading sequence reward while Gooey is a supporter of the Biggoron’s Sword. Which one of these OP items will be the victor? We want to know who…