The game that was touted by many as the
best game ever made for the Super Nintendo makes it's way to the GameBoy
Advance and I am here to tell you that although never having played the
original, A Link to the Past is an amazingly good game, indeed almost a
Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past / Four Swords Features
- 1 - 4 Players Simultaneous
- GBA Link
- First Zelda Game to support 4 players
- 2 Games on one Game Pak
- Skills transferable between games
- Skill Level: Medium to Advanced
From the moment I started this title I was
entranced. You play the part of the hero called Link who is awakened by the
Princess Zelda who has been imprisoned in a dungeon by Lord Ganon. Unsure if
the voice is a dream or something that truly occurred, Link leaves his small
home and makes his way through the land and into a secret passage leading into
It is there that his uncle hands him his
destiny in the form of a sword and shield and sends Link on his way through
the Light and Dark Lands in the kingdom of Hyrule.
Of course there is always a main villian to
defeat and this comes in the from of the evil wizard Agahnim. He has been
sending his monsters across the land and Link must battle his way through them
in order to survive and also to save the princess.
Graphically this game looks brilliant and
whilst not as complex as some of the titles out there now, the style works on
the GBA and makes the game easy to see and navigate on the reflective screen
of the Advance. Don't get me started on that screen! The title is ported
over from the SNES and works wonderfully on the portable format.
Gameplay is engrossing and has been mapped
with a great deal of care to the GBA control system. I found the controls to
be intuitive to the point that the manual wasn't needed to get me up and
running. Although simplistic, the control system is perfect and you can
accomplish everything with a great deal of ease.
The heads up display on the screen shows
you Link's status at all times, yet is unobtrusive to gameplay. In order to
get a better view press the select button.