Zelda fans, rejoice! We’ve rounded together 10 of the best PC Zelda-themed games out there.
One of the best and most popular video game series is The Legend of Zelda. Check out these PC recommendations if you’re seeking for more titles like it.
Compared to Mario and Grand Theft Auto, The Legend of Zelda is one of the most critically regarded series of all time. Consequently, the series’ exclusivity with Nintendo is a source of irritation for numerous players alike. A large selection of PC games and the variety of Link’s adventures have made it possible for gamers to have similar experiences to those in the Zelda series.
While there are many Zelda clones available, the vast majority of them are nothing more than rip-offs. Regardless of their differences from the Zelda series, all of the games on this list are excellent in their own right.
10 The Binding of Isaac
Gameplay is reminiscent of Link’s early adventures, such as A Link to the Past and The Legend of Zelda.
The top-down perspective and the numerous dungeons to be conquered are two of the most striking parallels between the two games. The game’s somber tone and procedurally generated dungeons set it apart from its Zelda counterpart, which is based on the biblical account of the same name.
9 Dark Souls
While The Binding of Issac is reminiscent of Zelda’s earliest games, Dark Souls is more like Breath of the Wild. Breath of the Wild, on the other hand, was inspired by Dark Souls, unlike most of the other games on this list, which were inspired by Zelda. In Breath of the Wild’s lore-based story telling, players must seek out and parry-centric combat in order to progress through the game.
Unlike many other games, however, Dark Souls draws inspiration from the groundbreaking Ocarina of Time in a variety of ways. When asked about the analogies between Dark Souls and Zelda, Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki answered by claiming that he felt the FromSoftware franchise was unworthy of comparison.
8 Ittle Dew 2
Players are stranded on an island in Ittle Dew 2 and must first collect eight pieces of a raft in order to depart.
The game focuses primarily on the adventure and puzzle-solving features of Zelda games, as well as a large number of opponents, including bosses at the conclusion of dungeons. Due to disagreements between the game’s developer and publisher, the game was removed from a number of digital distribution channels. Because the game was self-published on Steam and the Nintendo Switch, it is still available to play.
7 Hyper Light Drifter
Heart Machine created and distributed Hyper Light Drifter, which got its start on Kickstarter. The PC version of the game was released in March 2016 after a successful campaign.
The 16-bit adventure game is a great choice for anyone looking for a similar experience to A Link to the Past or A Link to the Past. Both fans and critics were pleased with the indie game’s 84 MetaScore and 8.2 User Score.
A 3D Zelda-like experience with more emphasis on role-playing mechanics may be found in Fable. In 2004, the alignment feature was implemented to set the game apart from the competitors.
Good and evil points were awarded to players depending on their activities because of the alignment function. The mechanics of alignment have become widespread in RPGs in recent years, although they were a novelty in the mid-2000s.
5 Beyond Good and Evil
Beyond Good & Evil, a gaming cult classic, is one of the best puzzle adventures ever created. However, solving puzzles alone isn’t enough; players will also need to master platforming and stealth in order to save Jade.
To begin with, the game was meant to be the first in a trilogy. Poor sales, on the other hand, necessitated postponement of further endeavors. A teaser trailer was released during Ubidays five years after the game’s initial release, but talk of a sequel quickly faded away. At this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, a prequel was finally confirmed.
Fans of top-down Link adventures like A Link to the Past and A Link Between Worlds may like Skipmore’s Kamiko last on this list. Although the game is brief, it packs a lot of content into it.
With its arcade-like gameplay and combo meter, Kamiko is a more action-oriented game than its Zelda equivalent. Prior to its release for PC in mid-2019, the game was launched for Nintendo Switch with a Metascore of 74.
Psychonauts, a cult favorite adventure game from the mid-2000s, has surprised fans with the news of a long-awaited sequel similar to Beyond Good and Evil.
There is a lot of emphasis on the game’s unique idea of psychic abilities in Psychonauts. Raz’s talents aren’t the only way this is accomplished, but the levels that take place in the brains of specific characters lend an interesting twist to Zelda’s dungeons as well.
2 Darksiders II
The Zelda formula gets a heavy metal makeover with Darksiders II and the other Darksiders titles. One of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and his fearsome horse Despair have replaced Nintendo’s beloved Link and Epona.
With scythes, maces, axes, and more at their disposal, players may take down their enemies in a hack and slash style game. But Darksiders II isn’t only an action game; it offers puzzles and adventuristic exploration as well, regularly changing the tone and tempo.
kami’s inclusion on this list isn’t just for Twilight Princess lovers. One of the few adventure games that can compete with Zelda’s gameplay, kami also has some of the best-looking graphics of the PS2 period. An exquisite depiction of Japanese folklore was done right in the game, which portrayed classical Japan in all its glory.
Aside from the Viewtiful Joe series, kami was the first game developed by Clover Studio, and it took home the IGN Best Adventure Game award in 2006, beating out the likes of Twilight Princess.