A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
As Link matures as a hero, players will help him save endangered children, assist various villagers, and even unite feuding peoples.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of sword fights, shootings with arrows, bombing, etc., but no blood. A cut scene shows a character being driven through by a knife.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some characters are depicted partially naked (hair over breasts, skimpy underwear).
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Products & Purchases
Zelda is a strong Nintendo franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some of the action takes place in a bar. Bottles appear in the background.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fantastic game has a game-ending flaw that can trap players about 40 hours into the 50-hour game. However, players can avoid the glitch and experience a rich gaming experience IF they follow our directions about saving: create multiple save files at frequent intervals and DO NOT SAVE in the room with a broken cannon. This fantasy adventure features a lot of sword-and-sorcery fighting, but no blood or gore. A few cut-scenes show more intense violence, and in general, the game's tone is darker than many previous Zelda games.
Is It Any Good?
Link may not have as high of a pop culture profile as his video game relative Mario, but gamers have been feverishly awaiting his newest adventure for more than three years, and the wait was worth it. This adventure is massive, spanning more than 50 hours, and the combination of the wonderful world and thrilling action makes it a truly incredible game.
Yet the game cannot be called perfect. In fact, it contains at least one glitch that will destroy a player's game roughly 40 hours in. Our advice: Do NOT save the game in the room with a broken cannon, and use multiple save files. Aside from that jarring glitch, Twilight Princess is a long, stirring adventure and one of the best games in the Zelda series.
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