Summer of Retro Entry #4 - Legend of Zelda - The Minish Cap

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Summer of Retro Entry #4 - Legend of Zelda - The Minish Cap

By the time Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap was released back in 2005, I'd already moved on to
new things - my collection of GBA gear was distributed amongst nieces and nephews, as the DS
and PSP had become my new favourites. Little did I know, that Capcom and Nintendo has set out
to prove, that there was plenty of life left in the Game boy Advance with a final hurrah for Zelda in
glorious 2D.

All is not well in Hyrule

The enchanted land of Hyrule is once more in danger, and our hero Link again finds himself
thrown into heroic deeds. His friend, and Princess of the realm, Zelda is turned into stone by the
evil Vaati, who's clearly up to no good. To save Zelda, Link must seek out the elusive Picoli race.
Only they have the skills to re-forge an ancient sword, which can bring Zelda back to life.

Add one pinch of hero and two doses of action - shake and bake

The Zelda games are action adventure design boiled down to the essentials; The Minish Cap
luckily is no exception. Our diminutive hero still traverses a word filled with dangerous dungeons,
solves tricky puzzles of the "find item, push rock, solve maze"-type and dispatch tricky, fearsome
bosses. The Minish Cap might stand firmly on the shoulders of earlier entries, but isn't entirely
satisfied with resting on the laurels from yesterdays.

Something old, something new

Fans of the series will recognize a few new tools for example the 'Gust jar', which puts moves into
your arsenal. Link's ability to change size at secret places through out the world of Hyrule adds
extra layers to puzzles and a pleasant additional viewpoint. Game play is amazingly fun. Pacing is
varied and level design near perfect - you simple want to progress in this game! Controls are tight
and precise, something that can't be said about the Zelda games on Nintendo DS.

Graphics are cute and bright; very much in line with previous Zelda games. Sound effects are
barebones, while some good compositions sets the mood brilliantly.

The Minish Cap is both worth your time and money. Don't expect presentation at the calibre
possible on today's handhelds, but charm never goes out of style. Actions fans looking for a few
hours of fun can do a lot worse than Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, no matter which platform
you're looking for your next fix on.
Verdict: Get it!

Verdict guide:

Get it - eBay, Amazon or bargain bin - just find it! This game belongs in your collection.

Borrow - Not worth paying premium dollar for, but worth your time.

Never mind - Might have been great in its day, but now.... forget it.




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Description: The Legend of Zelda just celebrated its 25th anniversary. Over the years, there have been several incarnations of the game. But nothing brings the same level of novelty that first had. Although hearing about the 25th year celebration made me feel a little old, it also made me look back fondly at countless late nights as a kid exploring the dungeons of Hyrule. Here are some of my favorite memories of the original