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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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Reviewed by Patrick Thatcher The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the only Zelda game for the SNES, and, in my opinion, it is the best. It has a lot of hidden items, several unexpected game twists, and excellent control and gameplay. Unlike many other role-playing games, past and present, you do not gain levels by fighting enemies: in fact, you do not gain levels at all. You must gain new powers by finding magical items, gain health by finding hearts, and gain magic power by... well, that would spoil It, so I won't tell.

Graphics 5 out of 10

The graphics are not as good as later games, such as Chrono Trigger or any N64 game, but they are fairly good and enough to keep you playing.

Music and Sound 5 out of 10

The music is interesting, but gets repetitive after some time. The sounds are not very high-tech, but they are fitting and they don't make the game any less desirable.

Game Play-Fun 10 out of 10

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of the best games I have found in a while. It is challenging, but not overly so, and crams quite a few secrets into its plastic casing. For those of you cheaters out there (like me), there is no end to the walkthroughs, and there are even Game Genie codes that give you almost infinite health and magic.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was not as big as I wished it was, nor were the graphics and sounds utterly impressive, but other than that, slashing Ganon's thugs apart with the Master Sword alleviates much tension.

Replayability 4 out of 10

It doesn't present much reply value by itself, but you can make it interesting by say something like, "I vow not to use the (magic object) on this game."

Game Value 7 out of 10

In anticipation of Zelda 64, many people are revisiting The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and you might want to, as well. Or, you could save your money and wait for Zelda 64. It's your choice. I personally enjoyed The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I think you will too. It is definitely worth renting at least once, and some people might want to buy it. In any case, it is an impressive successor to The Legend of Zelda for the NES and a worthy ancestor of Zelda 64.

Overall 8 out of 10

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