Category: Inspired By Zelda

Earlier today, Playtonic Games and Castle Pixel released a trailer announcing the release date for the upcoming Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince. The game will launch on Steam and Nintendo Switch on August 16th. The original game, Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King, was released in 2017. As a whole, the Blossom Tales series draws inspiration from 2D Zelda games like A Link To The Past. The Playtonic Games webpage for Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince describes the game as…

Welcome to another installment of Inspired By Zelda, the series of articles looking at games new and old that take inspiration and create a foundation based on some of the classic Zelda titles we know and love. Our aim is to spotlight the games that Zelda fans might enjoy adding to their catalog. Up today is Elden Ring by developers From Software, available on PlayStation 4, Playstation 5,  Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC.   Reflecting on my maiden…

Welcome to another installment of Inspired By Zelda, the series of articles looking at games new and old that take inspiration and create a foundation based on some of the classic Zelda titles we know and love. Our aim is to spotlight the games that Zelda fans might enjoy adding to their catalog. Up today is Arietta of Spirits by developers Third Spirit Games, available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.   While playing Arietta of Spirits,…

If you’re anything like us, you might feel like you’re in a bit of a Zelda drought. With no new new Zelda games for the last couple years and a bunch of remakes to hold us over, the itch to play something Zelda-like can feel pretty intense. Luckily this week, Andy and Al are covering some of the absolute best Zelda-like games you can play! Come hear us talk about classics like Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, and Hyper Light…

Welcome to another installment of Inspired By Zelda, the series of articles looking at games new and old that take inspiration and create a foundation based on some of the classic Zelda titles we know and love. Our aim is to spotlight the games that Zelda fans might enjoy adding to their catalog. Up today is Ever Oasis by developer Grezzo, available on the Nintendo 3DS. Most Zelda fans will remember 2017 as the year that Breath of the Wild…

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of The Lost Realm, by Cornfox & Bros., carries a torch for Wind Waker-era Zelda just as its predecessor did. Two years ago, we covered Oceanhorn. This 2013 action-adventure game was a detailed clone of the Zelda formula for mobile devices. Oceanhorn merged both the point-and-click sailing and island hopping of Phantom Hourglass with the more traditional control scheme of Link’s Awakening. Mechanically, the game was good for a smartphone app. Its controls were smooth and the…

Myths come to life in Ubisoft’s new title: Immortals Fenyx Rising! Players will take control of Fenyx, a self-doubting Shield-bearer/storyteller, as they go from obscurity to the only hope for humanity and the gods as the titan, Typhon, escapes Tartaros with intents to purge the world to reshape it to his liking. Beginning life as an idea sparked by a bug in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey that turned the crew of certain Triremes into cyclopes, Ubisoft Quebec decided they wanted 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…

Rare is the video game destined for legendary status, its appearance on the scene not just setting the stage for a series continuation but terraforming the landscape of the entire industry for decades to come. Games like Super Mario Bros., Metroid, heck, we’re still living in the wake of Resident Evil 4; the endless tide of third-person shoulder-shooters seemingly refusing to recede. Our beloved Zelda series contains a few of these foundational masterpieces, namely The Legend of Zelda, A Link…

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…