Awaken the magic

THE LEG­END OF ZELDA: LINK’S AWAK­EN­ING

Bangor Mail - - The Game Review - BY BEN CATLEY-RICHARD­SON

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.

Price: £49.99

Al­ways a de­light, this re­born ver­sion loses noth­ing of the orig­i­nal bril­liance

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