Parents' Guide to

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Vast adventure with some combat rewards logical thinking.

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 62 parent reviews

age 9+


This game is amazing! The art style is beautiful, and the endless possibilities are a nice touch. In this adventure, Link goes on a quest to save Hyrule from an awaking evil. On the way, you'll encounter enemies that Link can battle, puzzles to solve, and over 100+ side quests. There is NO blood or gore, instead, the enemies disappear into a puff of smoke. All the characters (specifically women) are dressed modestly. There is no profanity or sex either. There is a reference to alcohol though, as there is a lady who runs a shop in the game who sells drinks that "are definitely just for adults". Thankfully Link can never obtain these drinks for himself. In addition, there is a character within the game that says "heck". Overall I'd say this game is great for kids 9+ and will provide endless amounts of fun for kids looking for an ever expanding and amazing adventure.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
10 people found this helpful.
age 8+

I couldn’t believe it was such a good game 👍

This is the BEST game I’ve ever played. If you could rate more than 5 stars, I’d be rating it 100 stars. 😄😄😄 💯

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
3 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (62 ):
Kids say (249 ):

Nintendo's iconic adventure series has finally taken its first steps into modern open-world play, and it's done so in a way few other franchises could muster. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an absolutely huge game, providing players with a vibrant and colorful world that presents itself almost like a living painting. And over every hill, ridge, and mountain lies one or more new locations that you'll want to explore, such as towns full of interesting characters and shops, shrines loaded with puzzles and treasures, imaginative monsters to challenge, and secrets waiting under rocks and within old ruins. Keeping track of everything would be nearly impossible were it not for Link's tablet-like Sheikah Slate, which lets you place pins in a map to denote areas of interests and allows you to capture photographs of everything encountered -- animals, monsters, plant life, and more -- for posterity or to be used as a method for future tracking.

A lot of this is common to many open-world games, but Breath of the Wild injects its own flavor via an upbeat atmosphere, quirky characters, and an all-ages sense of humor. More than that, it adds little details -- many to do with survival -- that other games haven't dared. A storm in the distance? Better store anything made of metal, lest Link risk getting struck by lightning. A mountain in your way? No need to go around. Link can climb virtually any surface (so long as he has the stamina required and rain doesn't come along to make the surface slick). All players need to guide them is common sense and a curiosity to seek and discover. Nintendo's designers have taken care of everything else. And in doing so they've created the first essential game for Nintendo Switch.

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