Awaken the magic
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK’S AWAKENING
THE cult GameBoy adventure Link’s Awakening has been reborn with aplomb on Switch. It doesn’t offer the breathtaking scope of recent Zelda games, but instead is faithful to the original’s top-down perspective, modernising the shot-for-shot reproduction through a tilt-shift effect that transforms Link’s world into an almost tangible moving toy – a work of design genius, given the cherished adolescent memories that many fans will want to revisit.
Frame rate issues occasionally ruin the dream (surely these will be eliminated with a patch) but the wonderfully melancholic atmosphere and quirky inventiveness are perfectly reproduced.
Even in monochrome Link’s Awakening was truly special, and this enhanced version simply does everything necessary to allow us to enjoy the game’s nimble glee in 2019. The last word: A beautiful remake of a timeless Zelda classic.
Always a delight, this reborn version loses nothing of the original brilliance