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Non-“Zelda” Games That Satisfy A “Zelda” Craving

by Darrin Wright

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We all know that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is going to sell well, and will most likely be a fantastic game. However, we can’t get our hands on it until March 3rd, so here are a few options if you’ve got a hankering for some exploring, item-specific puzzles, and boss battles and either can’t wait until then or don’t have a Nintendo console lying around:

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition

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Of course, you could just dig out your PS3 or Xbox 360 and play the original version, but Darksiders: Warmastered Edition takes the original and makes it nice and shiny for your PS4 or Xbox One. Darksiders is basically the best Zelda game to ever release on a non-Nintendo platform, as you play as War, one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, tasked with righting a wrong that led to an unplanned Armageddon. The game has all of the Zelda tropes you know and love, with some Panzer Dragoon and Portal thrown in for good measure. It and its sequel are both just $20 each on Amazon right now.

Ittle Dew

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A fun little game by indie developer Ludosity, Ittle Dew (pronounced “it’ll do”) evokes some memories of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker but with a lot of sarcastic humor thrown in. While Darksiders mimics the gameplay of the 3D Zelda titles, Ittle Dew is a throwback to the top-down 2D adventures seen on the NES and SNES. The puzzles get harder as you get better at the game, and though it starts out as a pardoy, it carves out its own niche. You can find it on Wii U, PC and mobile devices for around $10.

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

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Right off the bat, the title sounds like one of those cheap attempts to grab as many buzzwords as possible you see in many mobile games, but Oceanhorn is very much a love letter to Zelda, specifically Wind Waker. You know the drill: wake up, find a family member is missing, go on a quest to defeat a legendary monster, collect items to help you solve specific challenges, sail from island to island, and so on. The soundtrack is great and the gameplay is easy to wrap your head around. It’s a very enjoyable experience, and will only cost you about $15 on consoles or PC and a lot less on mobile.

Those are some of our suggestions… what are yours? Leave us a comment in the section below!

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