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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that violence is a common theme in this game; however, it is portrayed bloodlessly and in a cartoon style. Younger children may be scared by some of the storyline and characters. The game is very large and very time-consuming -- expect at least 40 to 50 hours of play.
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What's it about?
In LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER, players assume the character of Link, a young boy who is celebrating his \"coming of age\" birthday. The day takes a disastrous turn when a giant bird swoops down and kidnaps Link's sister. At this point the adventure begins as players explore a massive oceanic world, charting new islands and meeting new characters while accomplishing smaller quests. Players eventually discover that the main source of evil is none other than the longtime enemy of Link -- Ganon, an evil sorcerer bent on destruction.
Is it any good?
The game consumes vast amounts of time and attention; it is worth the investment, since the game is so well designed and fun to play. There is much to explore, and many challenges to meet. Puzzles are varied -- for example, in one case the player may move blocks of stone in the correct order to clear the path, while in another the player may have to take "pictures" to solve a puzzle. The game is very creative and uses a variety of elements to support the theme of wind throughout the game.
Although exciting and fast-paced, the fighting is neither bloody nor realistic -- defeated enemy monsters disappear in a puff of purple smoke. Enemy characters could frighten younger players. Overall, Zelda: The Windwaker is an excellent game. An interesting story, vibrant imagery, and challenging quests that don't always focus on violence provide hours of entertainment.
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