The Legend of Zelda is one of the most well-liked game series of all time. Only Mario and Grand Theft Auto are even close. So, the fact that the series is only available on Nintendo makes many gamers angry. Thanks to the different ways Link’s adventures can be played and the huge number of PC games, there are a lot of experiences that are similar to those in the Zelda series.
Even though there are a lot of games that are just like Zelda, most of them are just bad copies that aren’t worth playing. All of the games on this list, though, are great in their own right, even though they are very different from the Zelda series.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
Immortals: Fenyx Rising from Ubisoft is a great choice for people who want a game like Breath of the Wild, the most recent main series Legend of Zelda game. Even though Immortals: Fenyx Rising has more in-game help and hand-holding than Breath of the Wild, it is still comparable because it has a beautiful island with puzzles and activities to do.
Interestingly, the idea for the game came from a bug that happened while Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was being made.
Genshin Impact by MiHoYo came out in 2020 for PlayStation 4, PC, and mobile devices. The game will also be available for PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch in the future. The game has made a lot of money for its creators and is on track to make more than a billion dollars in the next few months.
The action role-playing game Genshin Impact takes place in Teyvat, a fantasy world with seven countries. The game lets players take control of a group of four characters who can be switched out quickly. This makes it possible to make deadly combinations in battle.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
When Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time came out in 2003, the video game industry was in a time of change. The industry was moving away from the popular mascot platformers of the 1990s and toward more realistic action franchises, which were now possible thanks to the sixth generation of home consoles.
Ubisoft decided to take advantage of this time of change by making Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, a mix of action-adventure and platforming games that gives players the best of both worlds. Like the Legend of Zelda series, the game’s mix of genres feels well-planned and not just thrown together.
Melos Han-Tani and Marina Kittaka made Anodyne. Even the Ocean, which came out in 2016, was made by the same company, Analgesic Productions. The game doesn’t try to hide the fact that it was inspired by The Legend of Zelda series. It has a strange dream world and action-puzzle gameplay like Link’s Awakening. The game got good reviews on Steam, and right now, All Reviews has a mark of Very Positive.
Anodyne 2: Return to Dust, which was made by Analgesic Productions and is a sequel to the game, is also worth checking out.
2D RPG Undertale was released in 2015 on PC, before coming to other major systems in the subsequent years, including Xbox One and Xbox Series X as recently as March 2021, debuting on Microsoft’s Game Pass service. A common RPG element in the game is that players can try to make friends with enemies instead of being forced to fight them.
Critics loved Undertale very much. The Metascores for the game range from 92 to 93, which shows how great it is.
The Binding of Isaac
The gameplay in The Binding of Isaac is similar to what Link did in his first games, like The Legend of Zelda and A Link to the Past.
Some of the most important similarities are the top-down view and the many dungeons to conquer. The game is different from its Zelda version because it has procedurally generated dungeons and a dark tone that comes from the same-named Bible story.
The Binding of Isaac is similar to Zelda’s oldest games, while Dark Souls is similar to Breath of the Wild, the most recent main series game. Also, Dark Souls is different from the other games on this list because most of them were inspired by Zelda, but Breath of the Wild was inspired by Dark Souls. This is especially clear in Breath of the Wild, where the stories are based on lore and players have to look for them to find and parry-based combat.
But the ideas don’t come from just one place. Dark Souls, like many other games, has a lot of mechanics that were influenced by the groundbreaking Ocarina of Time. The creator of Dark Souls, Hidetaka Miyazaki, replied to the comparisons by saying that he didn’t think FromSoftware’s games were “worthy” of being compared to the Zelda games.
Ittle Dew 2
In Ittle Dew 2, players are stuck on an island and have to find eight pieces of a raft to be able to leave.
The game is mostly about adventure puzzles, which are a big part of Zelda games. It also has a lot of enemies, including bosses at the end of dungeons, for players to defeat. Due to disagreements between the game’s developer and publisher, the game had a lot of problems, which led to it being taken off of many digital platforms. Since the game was self-published on Steam and Switch, you can still play it.
Hyper Light Drifter
Heart Machine made and put out Hyper Light Drifter, which got its start on Kickstarter. After a successful campaign, the game was released on PC in March 2016.
The 2D adventure game is a throwback to the 16-bit era and is a great choice for people who want a game like A Link to the Past or A Link Between Worlds. Both fans and critics liked the independent game, as shown by its Metascore of 84 and its User Score of 8.2.
This game is a classic, a work of art that will never go out of style, a masterpiece, and a lot of fun to play.
Okami is one of my all-time favourite games, and it is also thought to be one of the best games ever made.
Most of the Zelda influence can be seen in how the game moves. There is some exploring and puzzle-solving with new skills. There are also fights and bosses that are like puzzles.
But Okami is definitely its own thing. Also, the sumi-e style of art, which makes it look like a painting that moves.
You play as Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess who is said to live in the white wolf. Your goal is to defeat Orochi, the demon with eight heads.