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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991) is an adventure game in a long "Zelda" series. Like the other games, you play Link, who must defeat an evil force in the land of Hyrule. You do this by exploring the world, killing spawning enemies and finding a series of dungeons each of which poses a challenge and a puzzle solved by the use of a specific new item of equipment (hook shot, boomerang, bow and arrow).

Being one of the earlier Zelda games, A Link to the Past has relatively simple top-down visuals. It was a landmark game for Nintendo and is considered to be a significant video game with more than four million copies sold. It has been re-released on a number of modern Nintendo consoles. It is also available on the Super NES Mini console.

The game has an additional puzzle as you can switch between the Light World and Dark World, which mirror each other. Each location in the Light World corresponds to a similar location in the Dark World, usually with a similar physical structure but an opposite nature. Travel between worlds allows for Link to access new areas.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Collecting, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 18 hours and 25 hours to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Violence.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to navigate the world, look for secrets and deal with reaction-based combat. Good navigation and memory are a help, particularly as the game ramps up in layers and complexity.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past usually costs £7.19.
You can only play this on older systems (Game Boy Advance, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/11/1991

Out Now: GBA, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Collecting, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 1 feature

Components: 2D Overhead, Open World and Pixels

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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