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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Game Boy)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Perhaps the best game for the Gameboy Apogee IV (2336) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Best game for the gameboy...ever Big C (49) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.2
Overall MobyScore (89 votes) 4.1

The Press Says

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Difficile d'élire un épisode favori au sein d'une saga - encore en devenir - qui a connu tant de consoles sans jamais abandonner un je-ne-sais-quoi qui la caractérise. Je dirais pourtant que Link's Awakening, avec ses graphismes d'un autre temps, est mon préféré, sans doute pour la perfection perpétuelle dont il fait preuve. Vous ne le connaissez pas ? Mettez, sans mauvais jeu de mots, le grappin dessus et partez, l'épée à la main, à la poursuite des mystères de Cocolint !
Total! (Germany)
Mit dem ersten 4-MBit-Modul für den Game Boy (die NES-Module hatten lediglich 2MBit) lieferten Nintendos Programmierer ein wahres Meisterwerk ab, das in allen Belangen mit dem fesselnden Angebot seiner „großen Brüder“ mithalten kann. Da The Legend of Zelda – Link's Awakening inzwischen zur Classic-Reihe gehört, ist seine Anschaffung einfach ein Muß. Es sei denn, man wartet lieber auf das für 1999 angekündigte Game-Boy-Color-Update, das einige zusätzliche Features enthalten soll.
Nintendo Life
It would be difficult to argue against The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening being the pinnacle of gaming on the Game Boy system. The developers at Nintendo able to squeeze an extremely lengthy quest into the package, and were able to push just about every facet of the Game Boy's hardware to its limit. Not only is Link's Awakening not the dumbed-down Zelda adventure many initially feared it would be, but it turned out to be one of the best releases in the series and one that is generally beloved among Zelda fans the world over. If you want to experience the very best of what the Game Boy system has to offer, do yourself a favor and pick up Link's Awakening. Not only is it the best game available for the Game Boy system, but it's also one of the best games available for any game system period.
Nintendo Magasinet (Denmark)
Nintendo har gjort det igen! Et topspil, der vil holde sig på toppen meget længe.
Nintendo Land
Zelda 4 is also very big for being a GB game. Zelda 3 has of course better graphics than Zelda 4 but Zelda 4 is just as fun and addictive as Zelda 3! With it´s many dungeons, items and many people to visit Zelda 4 is really the greatest GB-game! You´ll be mad not to buy this game!!
Alors je pose une question : comment rester insensible au meilleur jeu du GB, qui procure à la fois un atout technique unique (superbes musiques, graphismes délirants), de l'action à gogo, des surprises à la pelle, et une durée de vie très très longue ?... Rien que pour ce jeu, vous DEVEZ acheter un Game Boy !
RPG Kingdom
Comme vous le voyez, il n'y a pas tellement à dire sur ce Zelda. Sans doute parce qu'il reste moins profond que les jeux qui sortent actuellement, aussi bien niveau graphismes, que système de jeu. Et pourtant, il n'en reste pas moins un jeu extraordinaire. Des graphismes superbes pour une portable (pour la version DX, tout du moins), une histoire qui ne paye pas de mine, mais qui accroche du début à la fin, des musiques convainquantes, un nombre de personnages effarant, plusieurs quêtes annexes très sympas, une jouabilité simple, mais sans défaut... Les points positifs se comptent à la pelle. Bref, nous voilà face à un must. Point barre.
Se The Phantom Hourglass è così come appare è perché c'è stato prima Link's Awakening. Questo gioco ha gettato le basi per tutti i futuri seguiti portatili della serie. Una prova difficile ma perfettamente superata da Nintendo. Poteva essere un disastro, ma si è rivelato un piccolo grande miracolo. Grazie Nintendo!
Nintendo Magazine System UK
Link's Awakening sets a new standard for the Game Boy! It is absolutely stunning and the best game to appear on the Game Boy for at least a year!
Portable Review
When I hear the name Zelda, I think of action, adventure, drama, all crammed into one superb game. Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening sticks true too those qualities and it even adds a very interesting plot twist, and it took the series into a very interesting direction. The game was released nearly 11 years ago and is still considered a great classic in my book.
לסיכום: אם לא משחק חובה - אז בהחלט מומלץ מאוד.
Overall, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is one of the best Game Boy games you can buy. Even with the Game Boy’s limited hardware, the graphics and sound hold up well even today. The excellent game play, charming characters, and moderate difficulty level puts it over the top. Even if you aren’t a fan of 8-bit RPG’s, most will be won over by Link’s Awakening. A must own.
Un incontournable ! Un univers fantastique, une quête longue et variée, un humour irrésistible, une bande son réussie... Passer à côté de The Legend of Zelda : Link's Awakening serait une erreur. Cette aventure à part est une véritable merveille, une parenthèse enchantée dont on ne voudrait jamais voir la fin.
Game Freaks 365
Overall, Link’s Awakening is the definitive Game Boy experience, just like Link to the Past was the definitive SNES experience in the early 90's. It is long enough and hard enough to keep even expert Zelda players thinking and guessing. It is one of the more satisfying games in the series, and definitely my favorite of the 2D games–if you find Link’s Awakening or its Game Boy Color remake sitting around anywhere, scoop up a copy. You’ll be glad you had a part in this lucid dream.
Game Players
Long overdue for the Game Boy, this RPG has very good graphics and music that remain true to the series - and there aren't any signs that Nintendo scaled down to fit it on the Game Boy.
Mega Fun
Daß sich der neue Zelda-Streich Link's Awakening stark an die erfolgreichen Super NES Version anlehnt, merkt man auf den ersten Blick. Zum einen sind viele Gegenstände übernommen worden, und auch vom Umfang her braucht sich die GB-Version auf keinen Fall verstecken. Auch Grafik und Sound sind für Game Boy Verhältnisse regelrecht gigantisch, so daß, zusammen mit dem komplexen Umfang, aus diesem 4 MBIT-Modul ein regelrechter Überhammer wurde. Allerdings hätten die Programmierer ruhig ein paar neue Ideen unterbringen können, als das meiste der SNES-Version zu übernehmen. Aber auch die Spielbarkeit von Zelda 4 ist einwandfrei, wie man es halt von Nintendo gewohnt ist. Seid Ihr also Action-Adventure- oder Zelda-Fans und habt noch keinen Game Boy, werdet Ihr wohl an dieser Anschaffung kaum vorbeikommen.
Random Access
If the Legend of Zelda series has a black sheep, Link's Awakening is definitely the top contender. Though it bares many of the elements of a standard Zelda game, it deviates so much in tone that it could very well be a standalone title (and, for the first part of its development, it was). It is, however, a pretty decent game and one that no Game Boy owner should be without. It was later colourized in honour of the new Game Boy Color that emerged in the late 1990s as Link's Awakening DX, and it is also available on the 3DS eShop for younger gamers to experience. Though I wouldn't recommend it as a starting point for the series, Link's Awakening is assuredly a notable inclusion to the franchise and Link's first portable excursion. Plus, it never hurts to get out of Hyrule every once in a while.
Power Unlimited
Nintendo deed wat onmogelijk leek, namelijk het maken van een briljant uitgebreid adventure op de Game Boy. Nog altijd een van de beste spellen voor dat systeem, door de lengte, de afwisseling, de goede graphics en de vette muziek.
To this day, Link’s Awakening remains one of the most popular Gameboy titles of all time. Though it can be considered a black sheep in terms of storyline, this is by no means a bad quality. It combines the magical feel of a Zelda game with a title that is its own, all neatly presented on a tiny 2 x 2.5 inch cartridge.
High Score
Begränsningarna med GameBoy-skärmen har man rundat väl. Man kan dessutom spara spel på "fil" i spelkassetten, klart smidigt. Tyvärr kan man inte koppla ihop två GameBoyar och lösa äventyret tillsammans med nån. Klart kul och beroendeframkallande.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
The game is rather linear and is easy to get 100% on the first time through. Also, once you know how to solve the puzzles, and know what is going to happen in the story, the game loses some of its flair. All that being said, I still find it fun to dust off the game every few years and play through it again once I have forgotten everything
I'm sure The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is a real treat for all Zelda fans out there. It's also a solid title for anyone looking for a good adventure game on Game Boy. But for people like me (what the hell is wrong with me?), well, I just couldn’t stay interested.