The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Great action remake will appeal to multiple generations.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 13 reviews

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age 7+
age 8+

Fantastic game, that's a little more accessible than other Zelda games

Great game, and highly recommend it. In terms of content and age appropriateness, all Zelda's have a darker 'big bad' behind them, than say the Mario games. So there's a little bit to consider there. Also the game ultimately involves slashing a lot of things with a sword, although no gore. Zelda also involves often loosely guided puzzle solving, that is more complicated than a Mario game. So for children who do not deal well with getting stuck for either a) boredom or b) frustration induced tantrums, I'd maybe leave it until they're older, and more able to figure out the puzzles (and therefore enjoy it more). Overall, this is the most accessible Zelda game though. - It's less dark - the bad guy is a bad spirit inside an egg. The menace is very minimal. I can't see this scaring the majority of children, whatever age. - It's less violent - with more cartoony battles than normal. But I think it would inspire role-playing with pretend swords etc. - It's easy to play - effectively 2D making control simpler to master, and the world is relatively small and self-contained. The puzzles are a similar standard to others though. Personally, even with a budding gamer girl (age 6) I don't think I'll be reaching for Zelda until she's at least 7, probably 8. Mainly because I think she'd just find it too frustrating. It requires patience and persistence to enjoy. The violence/darkness is less of an issue with this one. The plot/setting is a bit cryptic as well, and I'm not sure she'd get it yet.

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