What would happen if you mixed the old SNES and NES Legend of Zelda games with a side scrolling beat ’em up and then throw them in a colourful 16-bit blender? You would, inevitably, get The Legend of Princess; easily one of the most beautiful free indie games to come out this year (and we’re only in March).
The brians behind this superb games, Joakim “Konjak” Sandberg, made The Legend Of Princess as a tribute to one of his favourite game series of all times. The result of this tribute could be a Zelda game in it’s own right, albeit a short one. As he says on his website, Sandberg describes it as “a kind of love letter to Zelda, my personal favorite game series, both from nostalgia and its often great design.”
It’s not necessarily a life changing game, nor will it hit you at the emotional core, but the sense of nostalgia you get from playing this game is one that can’t be beaten. Even just for seeing how the classic enemies from the Zelda games transfer into a side scrolling beat ’em up is worth the play alone. The Legend of Princess retains many of the puzzle solving elements synonymous with the Zelda series.
The thing that really stands out here, though, is how the game looks and sounds. The quick answer to both is, it looks and sounds gorgeous. The Wario Land style art throughout the game, puts an entirely different spin on the somewhat bleak world of Link and his adventures. The colours of the enemies are rich and everything seems to just glow. The music is also something that stands out. Retaining the epic feeling chiptune music from the NES and SNES games, but changed around for this game, The Legend of Princess does feel like a bonafide retail game. And one that I would happily buy.
It is an extremely short game; you can probably finish it within an hour or so, but the amount of weapon customisation for different play styles and difficulties is great to just mess around with and experiment with. A short game, but damn do you feel nostalgic afterwards. And it’s so much fun.
If you have any love for Zelda….hell, if you have any love for games then play this right now.