Our games like Zelda list has been blessed with some really irresistible offerings which are sure to delight fans of Nintendo’s killer series. Link’s adventures have been a staple for a large number of gamers from around the world right from their childhood days. The inexplicable atmosphere they manage to create with their gameplay, visuals and music has fans singing praises about them each time their names arise in conversations. Created by two stalwarts in the industry, Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, this series of action-adventure titles has been around since 1986, and is still going strong, with timely releases of superb titles. All these offerings which we’ve listed in the space below feature just the right amount of action, adventure and puzzle gameplay which turns them into absolute must haves for fans of Nintendo’s series. So without hovering too much on introductions, let’s have a look at them.
1 – The Binding of Isaac
The Binding of Isaac was one of those indie wonders which arrive out of the blue impress a great deal. It was released through Steam back in 2011, while it later managed to make its way to Mac as well. A dark story forms the basis of this game, even as it revolves around a young child escaping into the monster-infested basement of his house after he learns that his mother might sacrifice his life to god as proof of her faith.
Essentially a top-down 2D roguelike game, The Binding of Isaac has many of its mechanics and other aspects similar to titles involving Link’s adventures.
2 – Beyond Good and Evil
The next pick for our roster of games similar to Zelda is a cult offering which is now considered an important video game in history. Filled to the brim with enjoyable puzzle and stealth elements, Beyond Good and Evil allows you to step into the shoes of an investigative reporter and martial artist known as Jade, who is part of a resistance movement aimed at revealing a planet-wide alien conspiracy.
Set in the year 2435, it takes you on an unforgettable journey filled with memorable experiences. Beyond Good and Evil was originally launched for the PS2, Xbox, GameCube and PC back in the day, but it was made available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well, in 2011.
3 – Darksiders 2
Darksiders may be an action-RPG series at heart, but its offerings contain a number of elements which can easily draw comparisons with Link’s adventures. Darksiders 2 came out in 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC, and it impressed everyone with its outstanding gameplay and visuals. In it, you play the role of Death, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.
It presents you with massive maps that are riddled with dangerous enemies, challenging puzzles and many more things you can spend time exploring when you’re not indulged in its story content.
4 – Epic Mickey
This fourth addition to our catalog of Zelda alternatives may be Disney title, but it’s a pretty dark and complex offering than one would expect it to be. The Wii-exclusive is a platformer which focuses on Mickey’s journey as he tries to fix a world he has accidentally damaged. This world, incidentally is inhabited by forgotten Disney characters and concepts.
Our main character must now wield his magic paintbrush and combat bad guys in his bid to bring the world back to normal. This single-player adventure also features the first appearance of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit as a major character since 1943.
5 – Okami
Transpiring in classical Japanese history, Okami narrates a folk story about how Japan was once saved from darkness by the Shinto sun goddess named Amaterasu, who took the form of a white wolf. This wonderful game was launched for the PS2 in 2006, the Wii in 2008 and the PS3 (HD version) in 2012.
The cult offering combines many action, platform and puzzle elements, to create sturdy gameplay experiences. One of its main highlights is its Celestial Brush which enables you to pause the game and draw shapes onto the screen. While this is done on the PS2 using the analog sticks, on the Wii and PS3 these actions can be performed using the Wii Remote and the PS Move, respectively.
6 – 3D Dot Game Heroes
This list of games similar to Zelda would definitely be incomplete without the inclusion of Silicon Studio’s 2010 offering, 3D Dot Game Heroes. The game uses a very unusual approach for its visuals by displaying 2D retro-style graphics inside a 3D environment using voxels.
Released in 2010 for the PS3, its gameplay takes you back in time to the SNES days, for it contains a number of aspects which were a staple for offerings from that era. The single-player title is a beautiful experience to revel in, and deserves to be played by all those who’re fans of Link’s adventures.
7 – Kameo: Elements of Power
Xbox 360 owners are the only ones who can play this gem of an offering which comes packed to the brim with exciting action-adventure gameplay.
Built on the background of an interesting fantasy story, Kameo: Elements of Power allows you to play as Kameo, who’s main objective it is to return the 10 Elemental Warriors back into the Wotnot, and one by one gain the ability to transform herself into them.
With that we wrap up this list of games like Zelda. All these titles are fun to indulge in, but you can read their descriptions nonetheless to decide upon which one you’d like to go for first.