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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

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An excellent game with a great story and quest.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 41 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Some violence, but it is portrayed bloodlessly and in a cartoon style. Younger children may be scared by some of the storyline and characters.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytommysportsgirl April 9, 2008
Adult Written bysponge_bob54301 April 9, 2008

smells like happy

Good game. There is some violence that is involved so I don't think it's good for those who would like to imitate a video game. I played it and enjoy... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMASSICLIKPERCYJ... July 20, 2011


I was just walkin' round and i saw this pirate ship and i was like OMG am i in the BEST GAME IN THE WORLD!!! And YES I was!!!! I collected rupee, i sailed... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old January 11, 2011

FOR kids 4+.

GREAT, but there are some RELLY long cutsceans.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the challenges in the game. Which kind of puzzles do you enjoy most? Why? What does this game have in common with other Zelda adventures? How is it different?

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