A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game is about good versus evil -- and you're fighting for the good guys. As Link, you're tasked with protecting the land from an evil being and his minions. This is a positive message, but there is plenty of combat and a little blood, too.
Positive Role Models
Link is a good-hearted, affable character who uses his abilities for good. He is well-liked in his village and he doesn't abuse his sword-wielding skills or the Ocarina instrument for malevolent purposes. But Link does engage in combat against enemies, therefore he isn't a flawless role model.
Ease of Play
The game is quite easy to play. Plus, for the first time in any "Zelda" game, you can access hint movies if you're stuck, which show you how to complete the puzzle. Simply visit the Sheikah Stone, located by Link's house in the Temple of Time, for the handy walkthroughs.
Violence & Scariness
This game has a lot of combat but its against evil creatures, such as skeletons, wolf-like beasts, and giant crab boss characters. There is some blood, therefore you might see a brief plume after defeating enemies in a battle. Link uses his sword, bombs, slingshot, boomerang, magic, and other weapons to inflict harm. The violence, however, is very cartoon-like.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Players will encounter female fairy characters that are dressed suggestively. Their skin tight costumes almost seem to be painted on their bodies.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a puzzle game in which you play as a benevolent hero who is trying to rid his land of evil. There is a fair bit of violence with a little blood, and some fairy creatures appear in very revealing costumes. The graphics aren't crystal clear as it's a remake of a 10 year-old game, and it's very cartoon-like, so the combat isn't realistic.
Is It Any Good?
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a blast, whether you're a longtime fan of the franchise or new to it. Link can run, climb, dive, ride, fish, and play an instrument called the Ocarina that performs functions such as teleporting between places, calling your horse, changing night to day, and opening locked doors. Gamers with a nostalgic connection to the original epic will no doubt have a blast rediscovering the magic of this well-crafted and beautifully executed remake.
Not only is it fun to play on a portable device that can slip into your pocket, but the 3D graphics add to the colorful, detailed world. Better depth and eye-popping effects help make this remake even more immersive than the 1998 classic. In fact, complete the main story and the Master Quest mode will be accessible, adding all-new puzzles and redesigned dungeons for an extra challenge and further replayability. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a highly enjoyable game with great graphics, smooth control, and a ton of adventuring for gamers on the go.
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