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The Legend of Zelda review
Exceptional
by Owen Helfer

This game is a rarity of the 8-bit era, in that it sources its depth from content, rather than difficulty. In a time when games were designed to keep you playing the same levels over and over to pad out playtime, Zelda goes against the grain. Between overworld exploration and varied dungeon gameplay, there's plenty to find and enjoy in this game to keep you playing for hours. I used a guide online during my playthrough, just due to time limitations. This did not dampen my experience at all, as the dungeon gameplay was fun enough to stand alone without as much exploration. Being able to save rather than playing the whole game in one sitting is a huge leg up on other contemporaries that helps this game feel like a more complete adventure rather than a collection of levels.