Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

released on Jan 14, 1987

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

released on Jan 14, 1987

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is the second major installment in The Legend of Zelda series and the direct sequel to the first game. Like its predecessor, it features dungeons that must be located in the overworld and searched for an item that will prove useful. However, the game presents many very important gameplay changes compared to the previous one, affecting especially the movements and the combat. Moving around the world map involves encounters with enemies that take place on a side-scrolling playfield rather than the top-down perspective for which the series became known.


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Link: The Faces of Evil
Link: The Faces of Evil
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
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Zelda
The Legend of Zelda
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I didnt really like my time with Zelda II. I thought the sprite work was pretty good and the soundtrack was nice. I liked how npcs in town could give you little hints and I thought the skill points were a cool concept. There were three skills you can use your experience on, those being melee attacks, magic, and health. Unfortunately, outside of those things most of the game was either just eh to straight up bad.

The items you obtain throughout the game were really lackluster, and you dont get any new weapons so the combat from the start of the game is practically the same as the end (outside of link up-air, down-air, and spells (not worth using outside of one dungeon)). I didn’t like how cryptic progression was, sometimes if you wanted to progress you had to find a random tile on the world map to continue (finding some of the key items or finding a npc). This game also has random encounters which sucks, but atleast you can dodge them sometimes if you are fast enough and sometimes you can even get a fairy which will restore your health fully.

I thought combat was alright until I started fighting enemies with shields and projectiles. Enemies with shields were very tedious to fight against since they counter your only attack. Enemies with projectiles were the WORST since you can’t really counter it effectively. Later in the game enemies would have both shields and projectiles which was abhorrent to deal with. If you are at full health and can use your blade beam, it would not help at all since most enemies were straight up immune to it which sucked. The bosses were bad but the second to last boss was TERRIBLE because it randomly shoots out a ton of projectiles that are difficult to react to and you are required to waste most of your magic so you cant heal during the boss.

I love the Zelda series and for the longest time, I was always curious about this game. It is certainly the black sheep of the series thanks to drastically different gameplay and general negative reception. I don't think this game is bad but it isn't up to par with the other entries in the franchise. It continues the trend of NES sequels that are noteworthy or polar opposites of their predecessors. This game is hard and has certain aspects that suck like how short Link's sword is. I didn't want to hate this game since everyone else was so harsh; I think it has some good ideas I wish were explored more in other games but sadly this game does not do them just and comes across as the weakest entry in the series.

i actually hate this game. I think since I like TLOZ so much, it makes this one of my least favorite games ever made

GooeyScale: fuck you/100

a little better than the first

This is definitely the worst one. I don’t understand why no one during the development thought that something was going wrong. The dungeon design is crappy and the game is difficult in a frustrating way where if you lose all your lives you are sent back to the very start. It’s not the worst game ever made, but I will likely never play it ever again

I often hear of this game spoken of as being slightly different from the other “black sheep” NES sequels in that it’s actually good in a lot of ways but just plagued by poor translation and clunky game mechanics. Even early AVGN at his most vulgar, after trashing it in all sorts of ways ends on a note of saying it’s a good game and misunderstood classic. After playing it for myself, I can kind of understand the nostalgia for it but this is just not a good game. And I’m saying this as somebody who enjoys old RPG’s with clunky mechanics and archaic and/or nonexistent translations. Past a certain point I was only playing this to continue onto better Zelda games I want to try. Only reason I’m giving this a 3 instead of 2 is 1)I find the more explicitly dark tone of the story in this game to be really interesting 2)the music is so good especially the Hyrule Temple theme.