Category: Daily Debate

When planning the Inspired By Zelda themed week, the staff here at Zelda Dungeon had a bit of difficulty deciding on a name that would best represent the games that we wanted to showcase. We asked ourselves: what name best describes games that share, in some way, that Zelda DNA? Do we call them Zelda-likes? Zelda doppelgangers? Zelda clones…? That last suggestion was met with swift disapproval by our staff. Something about the term “Zelda clone” did not convey the…

So, you’ve set out to create your own video game. No simple feat. Your own story, your own characters, so many game mechanics to play with, and your own world in your hands, just waiting to be brought to the screen. That seems a bit like a daunting task. Sometimes, it’s easier to start with what you know, and, as you are reading this, I feel it is safe to say you are at least somewhat familiar with The Legend…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Since the release of the first title in The Legend of Zelda franchise, Zelda fans have been able to enjoy gameplay on a diverse number of consoles. In 1987, Nintendo introduced the multi-million selling game, The Legend of Zelda, which was played on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to North America and Europe.  With the release of each new console, avid gamers were treated to a new adventure with Link. As the years passed by, Nintendo produced not only home consoles, including the Super Nintendo…

I’m going to be honest – I loved Tri Force Heroes. What it lacked in story and character development, it made up for by being a fun co-op experience that was fun to play and challenging. The puzzles were inventive, the level designs were unique, and the music ball was the thing that my roommates and I spent shameless amount of times smashing to death in order to hear charming remixes of some of our favorite tunes from the Zelda…

With so many characters in the Zelda universe, it is a little disappointing that we only ever really get one perspective on the game – not including Hyrule Warriors, of course. Yet there are so many other characters Link encounters, living through every iteration of the rise and fall of evil, just trying to see it through. So, why have we, to this point, only been given one perspective? Imagine playing as a different character, seeing their side of the story….

Twilight Princess is one of the more dynamic games in the Zelda series. The game offers a vast land to explore with unique dungeons and boss encounters. Boss fights are challenging and memorable but, what about the mini-bosses? Those monsters that guard the special temple item are there to test Link for the upcoming boss. In the Forest Temple is a more comedic mini-boss with Ook, a baboon infected by a small parasite. However, later in the game are more serious and intense mini-bosses such as Darkhammer and Darknut,…