9 More Games Like The Legend Of Zelda

Recently I put out a guide for 7 games like The Legend of Zelda, and that got a very positive reaction, including loads more recommendations of Zelda-likes. Today I’d like to do a follow up to that first video, and run through 9 more games like The Legend of Zelda, plus I’ll shout a few of your recommendations along the way.

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Without further delay, lets dive into the list.

Kena Bridge of Spirits

At the heart of the game Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an action-adventure game, there are puzzles and boss battles. At times it does feel like a throwback to a PlayStation 3 era style game, given its not really open-world, it’s more a series of set pieces and corridors through the levels, however, there’s a high level of polish here, and I think it’s good enough to check out.

The first thing that hits you is the striking beauty of Kena: Bridge of Spirits. It’s a very good-looking game, most likely rooted in Ember Labs’ past as a 3D animation house. Clearly inspired by The Legend of Zelda, and Ember Labs went as far to create a fan film based on Majora’s Mask called Terrible Fate. If you haven’t seen it before, you should definitely check it out. Since Ember Labs have gone on a journey to make Kena: Bridge of Spirits, and their first game is a decent start on PlayStation 5 and PC.

Developer: Ember Labs
Release: 2021
Thanks to @keithcastillo5434

Blossom Tales

Blossom Tales follows the adventures of Lilly, a Knight of The Rose and tasked with saving the Kingdom of The Blossom. You find weapons, solve puzzles and take on the evil beasts in the kingdom to save the day. In a throwback to The Princess Bride, the story is narrated by Lilly’s Grandfather. As Lilly and her brother sit by the fire and listen to their Grandfather tell the story, you can choose some of the action. For example do you want to take on a gang of golems or a archers?

The game is a wonderful tribute to The Legend Of Zelda series. There are recognisable elements including hearts, weapons, puzzles, dungeons and bosses. However even though it’s comparable, it’s a great game in it’s own right.

Developer: Castle Pixel
Release: 2017
Thanks to @maxenswlfr1877, @squarestar326

Lil Gator Game

Lil Gator Game released in 2022 and it’s a 3D platform game where the player controls a young alligator who spends their time trying to get their older sister’s attention. The protagonist and player character is Lil’ Gator, a curious and outgoing young alligator who enjoys exploring and hanging out with their friends.

The player can explore a series of islands, each with different inhabitants with side quests to complete. The player can earn cardboard money and objects that can be used to craft new items that open up new areas of the world. The player character can climb, swim, and glide to reach new areas.

Developer: Megawobble
Release: 2022
Thanks to @BlazeDillon

Eastward

Eastward is a beautifully detailed and charming pixel art adventure RPG. In the near-future, society is starting to collapse, and the human population is at an all-time low. A deadly toxic presence has spread across the land, destroying and devouring everything in its path. But for a hardworking miner and a mysterious young girl, the hope of a thriving outside world beckons… Follow the story of John and Sam, Eastward’s unlikely duo, on an exciting adventure to the land above! Discover beautiful and bizarre settlements, fight off peculiar enemies with John’s trusty frying pan or Sam’s kinetic blast, and make new friends as you travel across the world by rail.

Developer: Pixpil
Release: 2021
Thanks to @maxenswlfr1877

Ocean Horn

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is an action-adventure game. It focuses on an unnamed boy protagonist’s quest to find his lost father and defeat the living fortress, Oceanhorn.

The gameplay and graphic design of Oceanhorn closely follows that of The Legend of Zelda video games, notably The Wind Waker and A Link to the Past.[1] Players explore dungeons, fight monsters with various weapons, and throw pots and cut bushes to find hidden coins or hearts. The music of Oceanhorn was composed by Kalle Ylitalo, with a few additional compositions by Kenji Ito and Nobuo Uematsu. A prequel, titled Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, was released in September 2019.

Developer: Cornfox & Bros
Release: iOS 2013, later had ports to other consoles
Thanks to @mbrando4403

Hob

This vibrant, atmospheric adventure game is set in a stunning and brutal world in disarray. As players delve into the mysteries around them, they discover a planet in peril. Can it be mended, or will the world fall further into chaos? Now with enhanced performance and features, only available on Nintendo Switch in this definitive edition.

The world of Hob is full of mystery and wonder. Unravel the planet’s mysteries as you explore and interact with the strange lifeforms that inhabit it. Solving puzzles and repairing the planet. The landscape will change before your eyes, opening new areas to uncover and explore. Upgrade your mechanical glove-arm to reveal new abilities and grapple, punch, and warp your way through the world. Adventure in an open world, explore ruins, befriend sprites, and battle the rogue creatures that threaten their extinction.

Developer: Runic Games
Release: 2017
Thanks to @graymars1097, @mbrando4403

Tchia

Tchia is a game about exploring the beautiful South Pacific Islands based on New Caledonia. You play as a child, and interact with the world with the same child-like wonder as Tchia might do herself. The world around you is big, beautiful and begging to be explored.

In a word, Tchia is charming. At the start of the game we see photos of New Caledonia. To be honest I hadn’t heard of these islands before, I knew of some pacific islands, but not these ones specifically. Tchia gives us uneducated the chance to see a little bit of their culture, experience their music, food, languages and art.

Tchia is one of those games that will stick with you long after you’d played it. The main story is about 7 hours of gameplay, but being immersed in the culture, and the values of the people and families in this game will last much longer in memory.

Developer: Awaceb
Release: 2023
Thanks to @maxenswlfr1877

Darksiders

In Darksiders, players control War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, in a third-person perspective. The world is split into separate locations with many areas initially inaccessible until later in the game. The center of the world, The Scalding Gallow, functions as a hub where War is given new objectives and paths to unlock new areas, many of which require the use of newly-gained abilities to progress.

Although War is initially limited to the use of his two-handed signature sword, Chaos Eater, he eventually obtains other weapons throughout the course of the game. He also has a Scythe, which he uses as his other main offensive weapon. Weapons have different combinations of attack that can be obtained throughout the game. Along with combos, players are encouraged to use countering moves, blocks, and swift dodging. Projectile weapons such as a revolver and a boomerang-style throwing blade can also be used. Objects scattered throughout the environment can also be used as weapons and projectiles. At a later point in the game, War gains the ability to summon a horse that provides faster movement and increased attack power.

Developer: THQ Nordic, Vigil Games, Gunfire Games, Airship Syndicate, Kaiko, Kaiko GmbH
Release: 2010
Thanks to @elsiebartlett6808, @GusherManX

Crosscode

CrossCode is an action role-playing video game in which the player controls the character Lea from a two-dimensional top-down perspective. Players explore an overworld, where they can either engage in combat, or solve puzzles, which is sometimes required to progress.[1] During combat and while solving puzzles, the player can instantaneously switch between different “elements”, each granting Lea different puzzle-solving and attack abilities. As the game progresses, the player unlocks more elements by visiting different dungeons, each of which culminates in a boss fight. The game’s options menu allows the player to customise the difficulty of both combat and puzzles.

The combat system involves attacking enemies in real-time using either a melee strike or a ranged ball launch. Players can also dodge or block enemy counter-attacks. Attacking earns experience points and circuit points. Experience points increase the player’s statistics, and circuit points can be spent on a “circuit board” that allows the player to choose between different ability bonuses. When fighting, the player has a “rank” which increases until they cease battle, rewarding them for unbroken continuums of combat. Higher ranks let the player gain rare items and heal faster.

Developer: Radical Fish Games, Deck13
Release: 2015
Thanks to @maxenswlfr1877

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