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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013) is an action-adventure game in the Zelda series. It's the seventeenth game and spiritual successor to the 1991 game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. A more open adventure with a novel world-jumping mechanic makes this an unusual and popular game in the series.

Set years after the events of A Link to the Past, you play young adventurer Link on a mission to restore peace to Hyrule after Princess Zelda escaped Yuga's clutches through a rift into the parallel world of Lorule. This sets up the game's world-switching play, which makes use of the Nintendo 3DS 3D feature to let Link turn 2D and slip between universes.

Play involves exploring the world to battle enemies and find items that lead to the different dungeons. Each of these dungeons are large labyrinthine areas that offer a different and self-contained challenge. By switching between the two kingdoms (Hyrule and Lorule) you can gain access to different areas of the map and advance the story by meeting and helping characters in both realms.

Unlike many Zelda games, you can clear the majority of dungeons in any order. Also, rather than earn weapons you can instead just rent them. If you die your items are returned to the store. As you progress you can some permanent items like your shield and sword. You can also increase your maximum life energy via hearts.

The result is a novel and beautifully crafted world-spanning adventure that is more open-ended than previous Zelda games.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

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


Play Time: This game will take between 17 hours and 25 hours to complete. Collecting everything and taking on the harder post-game mode, will almost double this play time.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Violence

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Fantasy Violence. From a top-down view, players explore dungeons, solve puzzles, and use swords, bows, and magic to defeat “cartoony” enemy creatures (e.g. skeletons, rats, birds, knights in armour). Occasional boss battles depict more protracted fighting. Enemies usually flash or get knocked back when hit, disappearing in puffs of stars and smoke.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Some of the puzzles that link the dungeons together can take some perseverance and lateral thinking, but this is a great game for younger children to play and explore.


You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo 2DS|3DS) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/11/2013

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Collecting, Fighting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 18 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Hand-Made and Open World

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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