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11 Games You Must Play if You Love ‘Zelda’

March 7, 2019
11 min read

Zelda has become a household name by now owing to their long list of successful games. The game was the brainchild of Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka and was developed and published by Nintendo way back in the year of 1986. Since then, several games have tried to capture the spirit of Zelda and the land of Hyrule but only few have come even close. The latest title in the series, ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild’ was released in the year 2017 and won several awards including the Game of the Year award. It is one of the longest running series in video game history and has majorly contributed to the overall development of the industry. Today we are looking at some of the games you might try if you have exhausted all of the quests in the land of Hyrule. Here is the list of games similar to Zelda that are our recommendations. You can play these games like Zelda for ps4, mac, Xbox One, Xbox 360, android, iphone and even online.

11. Alundra (1998)

Alundra, also known as ‘The Adventures of Alundra’ was an action/adventure RPG game developed by Matrix software and was released in the year 1998 for the original PlayStation. The game follows the story of Alundra, an adventurer who has the ability to enter and manipulate the dreams of people. After being shipwrecked, he reaches the land of Inoa where the locals have been suffering from horrible dreams and waking nightmares. Alundra decides to help these people with his powers and as he enters the dreams of people, he finds himself in an ever increasing world of hostility. The player needs to help Alundra navigate the passages and platforms within the minds of the people often having to solve puzzles in order to progress further in the story. Morbid themes such as death, depression and clinical anxiety are constantly recurring within the game reminding the player of the harsh truth of reality.

10. Hob (2017)

Hob is an action-adventure platformer developed by Runic games and released for PlayStation 4 and the PC in the year 2017. The game has scored favorably well on reviews and critics have praised the game for its puzzles and platformer mechanics. The player is put in the incredibly well detailed world of Hob where he/she needs to manipulate various mechanics in order to save the planet. Once the player is done with Hob, the world around the avatar will have transformed to such an extent that it would vaguely resemble the environment the game started with. Keep in mind though that this title is more synonymous with the older Zelda games and the fans of the newer titles will have a hard time relating to it. However, Hob in itself is a pretty well made game and is definitely one we recommend you try out.

9. Secret of Mana (1993)

Secret of Mana, also known as Seiken Densetsu 2 in Japan, is an action RPG developed by Square (now known as Squire Enix) and released in the year 1993 for the SNES. The game is a sequel to Seiken Densetsu (1991) which is also known as Final Fantasy Adventure. Secret of Mana is quite similar to the older Zelda games but uses a combat system that is not turn-based, as is common for RPG games of the era. Instead, the game uses a real time combat system where the player may choose to pause the battle in order to make use of in-battle tactics. In addition, there is also a power bar that allows the player to use their moves. The game has been praised for its use of bright and vibrant colors, an immersive story line and its unique combat system. If you have not yet checked out the game, we highly recommend you do so as the game is now available on android, iOS, PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch and the PS Vita.

8. Fable 2 (2008)

Fable is a series that we have grown to love over the years but somehow manages to escape mainstream attention lately due to its lack of new content. For those of you who do not know, Fable is an action RPG set in the open world of Albion, a land ravaged by war but now is living in relative peace. The game also allows the player to rescue a dog early in the game, who later helps the player with quests and fights. The player needs to take care of the dog regularly, feeding and petting it and in return the dog can find new quests, treasures and attack downed enemies. The game does an excellent job of living up to the original title giving the player various incentives to continue playing and discovering new quests. The sheer joy of finding treasures and objectives though ‘a bread crumb system’ and the resulting rewards for the same adds to the overall pleasure or questing and exploration. There are very few games out there that will reward the player for going out of their way to explore and Fable is one of them. If you loved the open world and questing aspect of the new Zelda game, then you will definitely find yourself enjoying this one.

7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls is one of the better known games in this list, having found critical acclaim through their fifth installment in the series ‘Skyrim’.  ‘The Elder Scrolls’ series does have a few other titles that are just as good; however, Skyrim is the one that has stuck with the community for the most part. The game is an action adventure RPG set in the world of Skyrim, a land infested with dragons and other mythical creatures. Players are able to manage their inventory and craft items in order to fight these mythical creatures and progress further through the story. However, the story line and quests play just a small part of the overall experience, where the player is able to do just about anything that they please. It is entirely possible for one to go through the entire game without engaging in combat, as there are a plethora of options and side quests available to the player. Whether you want to go about collecting items or fight a mighty dragon is entirely up to you. The game was released in the year 2011 and has received several ports to leading consoles including VR headsets. This is one game you simply MUST play if you loved Zelda.

6. The Witcher (2007)

‘The Witcher’ is another critically acclaimed series that has been in the forefront of the RPG genre ever since the series made its debut back in 2007. The game is adapted from the book of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, a Polish author. The game is set in a fictional medieval land populated by magical creatures and monsters and follows the story of Geralt of Rivia, a highly talented witcher. Witchers are powerful bounty hunters that scour through the lands searching for powerful monsters and killing them for a price. Players can make use of magical powers and craft potions in order to enhance their powers and fight stronger enemies. The game relies heavily on RPG elements and the combat system of the game is extremely smooth and innovative. There are a total of 3 games in the series and various other additional installments such as a digital card game called ‘Gwent’ adopted from the main game. ‘The Witcher: The Wild Hunt’ released in 2015 went on win the game of the year award in addition to several other top positions.

5. Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)

A huge expansive world, interactive gameplay, well-developed characters, massive machines and an intricate plot- ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ has it all. Developed and released by Guerilla Games, the company responsible for The Killzone series, Horizon Zero Dawn is set in a fictional world overrun by machines. Aloy is a young huntress who discovers an ancient tech by mistake and now must traverse through the world in order to unlock its secrets. The world is overrun by huge mechanical monsters that have replaced the general animal population and now has become a staple for the land. The people are quite primitive having forgotten their ancient achievements and developments and rely on powers of the machines which they have grown to worship. As the protagonist of the story, Aloy must discover what happened to her land and the people and how these machines came to replace flesh and blood. The story line is one of the most detailed on this list and really highlights the perils of human development. If you loved the wide highly detailed world of ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild’, I highly recommend ‘Horizon: Zero Dawn’.

4. Okami (2006)

Okami is an action adventure video game developed by Clover studio and published by Capcom for the PlayStation 2 back in 2006 to massive critical acclaim. This game has some of the best art direction and graphics of the era and reflects on the ability of game devs to create intellectual masterpieces. Popular myths and folklore of Japanese culture plays an important role and puts the player in the footsteps of Amaterasu, a Shinto Sun Goddess who takes on the form of a white wolf. The players need to save the land from various threats using the abilities of the Sun Goddess while restoring the balance of nature through planting of tress and feeding of animals. The combat system too is different from the other games in this list and uses a virtual arena and a variety of weapons in order to subdue the foes. The game won the award for the game of the year by IGN and despite receiving favorable reviews, did poorly on sales. The game features striking similarities with the Zelda series and the developer of the game Hideki Kamiya, has expressed that Zelda has played a major role in influencing his game design.

3. Darksiders II (2012)

The first thing you will notice about Darksiders II is the similarities that the game shares with ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series. The game puts the player in the perspective of ‘Death’, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse who is on a personal vendetta to clear his brother’s name, War. The four horsemen are the last of the Nephilim and the council has ordered eradication of the remaining brethren. The plot is intricate and we don’t want to spoil the story for you, but make sure you pick up Darksiders II if you haven’t played it yet. The game was a launch title for the Wii U and was also later remastered and released for modern consoles as ‘Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition’.

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2. Dark Souls (2011)

‘Dark Souls’ is not only considered one of the greatest games ever created by most game fanatics but also regarded as one of the hardest games ever created. The game is unforgiving in every right, having some of the most complicated and in-depth combat systems and raid bosses in video game industry. The number of deaths dished out by the bosses in this game largely dwarfs all other games in this list combined. So if you like challenges that live up to its name, Dark Souls will not disappoint. There are 3 major working titles in the series with the last one being released in 2016 for all modern consoles and PC.

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1. Ittle Dew 2 (2016)

Ittle Dew 2 is the sequel to the 2011 game, Ittle Dew developed by Swedish indie game studio Ludocity and published by Nicalis. The game has received overall positive reviews and has been on our radar for quite some time now. After being stranded on an island after their raft breaks apart, ittle and her companion Tippsie must now solve puzzles and defeat dungeon bosses in order to recover the eight pieces of their raft. However, this is not an easy feat as the island is inhabited by deadly monsters that attack Ittle at the first chance they get and now our protagonist friend must defeat these all the while scrambling to find pieces that will help her complete puzzles later on. The gameplay is addictive with an amazing soundtrack that is perfect for long play sessions. If you are a fan of the puzzles of the Zelda games, you will find yourself right at home with this one.

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