The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds contains fantasy cartoon violence, but that combat is not bloody or gory. The game is played from a simple top-down perspective (eagle-eye view) as opposed to being close-up and realistic. Link, the hero of this game, is noble and a defender of the innocent -- but he also kills thousands of enemies.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- solving puzzles
- work to achieve goals
- achieving goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
This mobile single-player game is fun and engaging and encourages players to explore, think, collect, and challenge enemies.
Gamers will unravel the story by bouncing among worlds, exploring dungeons, solving puzzles, and fighting against adversaries big and small. There's a lot of challenging gameplay here as you switch between dimensions.
The game includes a tutorial to familiarize players with the controls and game mechanics, such as renting items. Players will get real-time information on how well they're doing.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a highly enjoyable game that harkens back to the old 2-D Nintendo titles that focus on engaging gameplay rather than relying on slick graphics. With its well-designed dungeons (and maze-like environments), fun combat, head-scratching puzzles, and many secrets to uncover, this low-tech game is incredibly engrossing. Although some might get a sense of deja vu from a look and feel that's similar to older games, Nintendo has added some new features such as renting items, which adds more strategy; also, the environmental puzzles are more challenging than those in past games. Overall, casual or core gamers will get a lot out of this family-friendly adventure.
Families can talk about...
- Is there still room for a portable game system such as the Nintendo 3DS when mobile phones and tablets have taken over?
- How does this game stack up against Common Sense Media's top-rated Nintendo 3DS games?
|Available online?||Not available online|
|Release date:||November 19, 2013|
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Superheroes, Adventures, Cats, dogs, and mice, Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Wild animals|
|ESRB rating:||E for Fantasy Violence |