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Old 12-26-2017, 02:22 AM   #1
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The Switch Gets An Excellent 2D Zelda Clone

How much is the clone? I think the "Neutopia" for PC-Engine/Turbografx is as close a clone of Zelda 1 as it get.

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The Switch Gets An Excellent 2D Zelda Clone Today

Nintendo has not yet released a two-dimensional Zelda game for the Switch, but Blossom Tales is as close as youíre gonna get. If youíre looking for a new action-adventure to scratch that Link to the Past itch, this oneís for you.

Blossom Tales, which came out for Steam earlier this year but is now on a Nintendo console where it belongs, is an unabashed copy of The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past. You walk around a series of 2D maps, slashing enemies with your sword, throwing bombs, and shooting arrows. You collect heart pieces that turn into heart containers. You have a spin attack. Tentacled creatures pop up out of the water and shoot rocks at you, and you can use your shield to reflect the rocks back at them. Blossom Tales goes well beyond homage and into straight-up cloning territory.

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Thatís not a bad thing. The Zelda formula works for a reason. Blossom Tales is a well-crafted game with a good sense of humor, and itís a blast to explore, slash, and solve puzzles in the world it gives you. Iíve played through a couple of the gameís dungeons, on an early copy of the game provided by the developers, and had a very good time doing it.

You, as a knight named Lily, must fight an evil wizard and save the king from a curse that has put him to sleep. Thatís not the gameís story, though. This story belongs to an old man, and the premise of Blossom Tales is that heís telling his two grandchildren about Lilyís adventures. As you play through the game, youíll see their commentary pop up on the top of your screen, often in fun, colorful ways.

This leads to some fun twists. During one sequence early in the game, for example, the grandfatherís children argue over what kind of enemies Lily has just run into. One kid says itís golems; the other says itís archers. You get to pick which kid is correct, and that section of the map will fill up with whichever enemy you chose. The game gives you a few decisions like this, and theyíre always entertaining.

Blossom Tales is charming and adorable, a last-minute entry to the Switchís already-fantastic library, and worth playing if youíre craving some new Zelda action. Donít miss it.
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