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Definitely in the top 5 SNES games of all time. OlSkool_Gamer (102) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
my favourite video game of all time! Big C (58) unrated
It's not so bad Asinine (1006) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Best SNES game ever! darthsith19 (70) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Agahnim and Ganon rock.... Lake Hylia (3) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Zelda games don't get any better than this... Dason Rise (20) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
One of the best SNES games gamewarrior (5048) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

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Critic Reviews

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RetroGame Man (Nov 29, 2017)
In summary, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the best action/adventure game I have ever played. It has awesome gameplays, a killer soundtrack, and packed to the brim with Nintendo charm. If you have never played this game, you owe it to yourself to go out and play it. While it is an adventure game, it also has tons of replay value and is so good, I have been playing through it annually for the past 20 years!
The Game Hoard (Jan 27, 2018)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is, appropriately, a legendary game in the Zelda series. Already impressing out of the gate with the NES original, The Legend of Zelda would go on to be one of the most well regarded series in gaming and still continues to put out quality games to this day, but almost every element the series would become known for was either introduced or refined in A Link to the Past, where the series not only broadened the scope and lore of the Zelda franchise, but pushed the game series towards its larger story focus, use of puzzling dungeons, and unforgettable music.
100 (Jun 27, 2009)
Ce troisième opus de la saga Zelda est avant tout un jeu solide. Non, non! Ne commettez pas l’irréparable en fustigeant votre cartouche de coups de marteaux pour tester sa résistance aux chocs! Par solide j’entends que les ingrédients utilisés dans la fabrication de A Link to the Past ont été si bien choisis et si soigneusement dosés qu’il n’a pas été besoin d’introduire quantité d’effets spéciaux, de personnages torturés ou de proposer un univers gigantesque pour obtenir un jeu riche, un jeu passionnant, une légende vidéoludique. Tout est dans la mesure et l’efficacité, ce qui fera d’ailleurs la grande force de la saga par la suite.
Legendra (May 01, 2013)
A Link to the Past fait partie de ces titres qui ont marqué toute une génération de joueurs. Il a su apporter de vraies nouvelles mécaniques de jeu au travers d’une narration intelligente. Ses graphismes, son atmosphère, ses musiques et son gameplay sans faille ont fait de cet Hyrule un monstre de cohérence, un jeu hors normes qui a transcendé le genre. Une alliance magique entre modernité et traditions. Un chef d’œuvre de l’époque. Un titre qui se doit d’être sur toutes les étagères.
Legendra (Feb 17, 2003)
Alors n'écoutez pas Medion (^^) et sautez sur l'occasion de vous le procurer; c'est une expérience à ne pas louper!!
Video Game Den (May 31, 2010)
In my opinion, Zelda no Densetsu Kamigami no Tri-Force is at the pinnacle of providing an exceptional and unforgettable epic adventure with almost perfect game mechanics. Also, it hasn't aged a bit since 1992. It was magnificent then and it is utterly magnificent today. My favorite aspect of Kamigami no Tri-Force, and this is something people don't praise enough, is how finely detailed the game really is - the way how the enemies' swords bounce off your shield or the way how arrows stick to walls. The game also features a treasure of unforgettable classic melodies that will stick to your soul for the years to come, if not forever. Zelda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Tri-Force is regarded as one of the finest Zelda game ever created and I can only agree. A timeless masterpiece.
Dragon (Oct, 1993)
There are plenty of other role-playing games available for Super Nintendo. Legend of Zelda was designed to be top-of-the-line, and it is indeed impressive. If you want to start a Super Nintendo library, I strongly recommend Legend of Zelda.
Retroage (Dec 31, 2012)
Podsumowując, gra The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past jest bardzo złożona i różnorodna. Mimo, że nieźle się rozpisałem, odnoszę wrażenie, że nie wspomniałem nawet o połowie smaczków i ciekawostek, dzięki którym gra wyróżniała się spośród innych pozycji na konsoli SNES i stała się system seller’em owej konsoli. Jest to obowiązkowa pozycja do ogrania dla każdego retro gracza, idealna na długie zimowe wieczory. Tytuł ten się nie starzeje i nawet przeszło 20 lat po premierze może zapewnić rozrywkę najbardziej wytrawnym graczom.
Total! (Germany) (Nov, 1998)
The Legend of Zelda – A Link to the Past ist ein weiteres Meisterwerk aus der Feder des Videospielgenies Miyamoto und absolute Pflicht für jeden SNES-Besitzer, der sich auch nur ansatzweise für Abenteuer-Spiele interessiert. Obwohl dieser Klassiker im Zeitalter der komplexen Polygonwelten grafisch natürlich nicht mehr mithalten kann, gehört er nach wie vor zu den besten Titeln der Videospielgeschichte. Amen.
While this game may have been a long time coming, it was well worth the wait. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past provides hours of action and a surprising amount of replay value as well. The graphics are vibrant and the music is infectious, which enhance the enjoyment. The story itself is well written and adds to the game's charm. Finally, players will be delighted with the multitude of creatures and objects with which Link is able to interact. It is a must-have cartridge for the Super NES and is certain to entertain both veteran Zelda fans as well as those new to the series.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 12, 2002)
Brilliantly conceived and expertly programmed, Zelda: A Link to the Past is a captivating experience that will appeal to gamers of all ages. It simply doesn't get much better than this.
If a rewarding and immersive experience is what you crave, you wont' find better on the Super Nintendo. Truly, this is a masterpiece. We need more games like this!
Just Games Retro (May 08, 2008)
Link to the Past does what every good game sequel should: it retains all the magic of the original, while adding some truly fun innovations to the formula. This game was the uncontested king of its franchise all the way up until the N64 era, and arguably beyond. If, like me, you've never gotten into these games, this is an ideal one to start with - even more so than the first. If you already played this way back when, or you started with one of the later titles, this one's definitely worth the backtrack. As games go, it's nothing short of timeless.
PGNx Media (Sep 14, 2002)
The best of them all... That's one way to put it. This game came out about three-and-a-half years after the somewhat criticized Zelda II, which had put people into two camps about the game. One camp thought of the game as an unusual but very worthy successor. The other camp believed it was a lousy game with no real connection to the series design, which is partially true. This game was going to be the original, but supercharged, and that delighted all Zelda fans. In April 1992, Miyamoto released one of the greatest epics in all of Video Game history. Within three minutes, you knew this was one for the ages, and that Miyamoto had done it again.
Svenska Hemdatornytt (Nov 12, 1992)
Förutom att detta spel har det trevligaste namn som skådats så är det också det tuffaste rollspel som förekommit på konsoll.
The Zelda fans will like this game due to its old-school Zelda style. The game is creative as any Zelda game is. With 3D environments and fully interactive charcters, the game just gets even better. LttP will keep you coming back for more. There is nothing better than a hardcore, pure Zelda game.
Only a few games reach such lofty heights. This one is remarkable in most every way, and brilliantly executed.
100 (GAF) (Apr 26, 2003)
For everything that has gone right with a game like this, it's incredibly hard to find anything wrong with it. A Link To The Past defined a whole generation of adventure-genre gaming, And is considered one of the great gaming masterpieces to come from Shigeru Miyamoto.
This game is if you ask me THE BEST VIDEO GAME EVER!!!!!! This fab adventure takes Link through a total of 13 big dungeons with as many bosses. The first SNES game to sell in more than 1 million copies. This is that kind of game that when you has started to play you´re stuck, you wont leave it until you have finished it. It completely takes control of your mind and you can´t think of anything else! The king of games. A fantastic adventure that you will come back to after a while to play it through again and again just to feel the magic of Zelda 3 once more!!
Interface (1992)
Det är nästan svårt att beskriva hur kul det är; jag är så van vid att gnälla på alla spel (...) så det känns knepigt när allt bara känns rätt. Mysterierna är rätt, letandet är rätt, striderna är helrätt, kartsystemet fungerar prickfritt, det är spännande hela tiden, det GÅR INTE att gå och lägga sig, jag fick rycka kontakten ur väggen med foten för händerna ville inte sluta spela. I sådana lägen är det förstås extra bra att Zelda 3 har batteribackup. I skrivande stund vet jag inte vad spelet kommer att kosta, men backupen lär inte gör det billigare direkt. Ändå säger jag så här: Skall du köpa ett "gulligt" äventyrsspel i år, tveka inte längre. Zelda 3 är godis för spelgottegrisar.
The best adventure you can get for any console. It's the bees knees, it's the cats whiskers. It's the donkey's armpits - it's Zelda 3.
Retro Archives (Oct 31, 2017)
Après un deuxième épisode qui avait divisé les fans, Nintendo remet le couvert pour un titre qui aura été celui de la réconciliation: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past est, sans hésitation possible, l’un des épisodes les plus réussis et les plus marquants d’une saga pourtant riche en titres d’exception. Ayant accompli avec une totale maestria la transition vers un gameplay plus encadré et plus scénarisé sans sacrifier en rien la liberté jouissive permise par le titre, le troisième épisode de la série aura constitué, à bien des niveaux, la véritable clé de voute sur laquelle se sera bâtie la suite de la saga. Un jeu qu’on peut redécouvrir, encore aujourd’hui, avec un plaisir totalement intact – et ça, c’est réellement la trace irréfutable d’un titre majeur.
RPG Kingdom (Apr 19, 2004)
Bref, Zelda A Link To the Past est un jeu qui sera toujours agréable à jouer peu importe quand. De plus, la durée de vie est vraiment loooooooooooooongue, dûe aux multiples quêtes. Donc, ne vous gênez surtout pas de ressortir votre vieille SNES de la poussière (si elle n’est pas morte bien sure !) pour vous faire une nouvelle partie!
95 (Jan 27, 2010)
Plus qu’une référence, A Link to the Past a réussi à instaurer des éléments que l'on retrouvera systématiquement par la suite dans la série. Sa construction, qui associe trois donjons dans le monde de Lumière et sept autres dans le monde des Ténèbres, a largement été réutilisée. C’est notamment le cas d’Ocarina of Time qui, à l’issue de ses trois premiers donjons, emmène Link dans un monde totalement différent. Même chose pour Twilight Princess, où Link subit une métamorphose chaque fois qu’il bascule dans le monde du Crépuscule, tout comme il se changeait en lapin dans la mouture 16 bits. A Link to the Past a donc réussi le prodige de s’imposer comme l’épisode référence de la série, tout en sublimant les mécaniques de jeu instaurées par The Legend of Zelda. Un jeu mythique qui a donné à la licence la notoriété qu’elle a encore aujourd’hui.
N-Force (Aug, 1992)
This is a game no SNES owner should be without. Get this for your software collection right now!
This is a slick and hugely addicting game, with graphics and gameplay of the highest order, which could well monopolise your life for weeks.
Tatsächlich hat Nintendo mit Zelda III ein Spiel vorgelegt, das, vom Kult-Potential einmal ganz abgesehen, allein schon den Kauf eines Super NES rechtfertigt. Dieses Modul als das Spiel für die einsamste aller Inseln zu bezeichnen, ist nicht vermessen, sondern schlicht wahr.
Video Games (Oct, 1992)
(German version)
Das Flair aus der Zeit der Sagen und Legenden wird gekonnt vermittelt. Allerdings ist die deutsche Übersetzung nicht besonders gut gelungen und macht die märchenhafte Stimmung etwas kaputt. Was hat beispielsweise das Wort “stressig“ in einem Märchen zu suchen? Vom Vokabular her ist die Sprache auf Abenteurer im Teenie-Alter Zugeschnitten. Anscheinend hat Nintendo nicht an die vielen videospiel- und abenteuerbegeisterten Erwachsenen gedacht. Nichtsdestotrotz ist Zelda 3 für jeden Super-Nintendo-Besitzer ein absolutes Muß. Auch wenn ihr mit Abenteuer- und Rollenspielen nichts am Hut habt, bin ich sicher, daß Ihr mit Zelda 3 am Abenteuer-Genre Gefallen findet.
AllRPG (Jun 14, 2003)
This game is a masterpiece, and should be handed down your family tree for ages. If you have never played this game, I suggest finding this game in it's original cartridge, but if you don't have a Super Nintendo, and you were desperate like me, I suggest using the Emulator. Where I come from, the Emulator is our friend. This is probably one of the best Zelda games ever made. I think it's even better than the N64 version, but it's all up to you.
Micro News (Dec, 1991)
L'ensemble musical, fort bien adapté aux circonstances, vous plongera très vite dans l'ambiance du jeu, déjà très marquée dès le début, grâce à de somptueux graphismes. Intelligent et doté d'une durée de vie considérable, voilà le hit de Noël !
90 (Jan 01, 2005)
Back then, there weren’t a great deal of games that could provide the player with a lot of freedom. Most games were either fighting games or platformers, and most of them weren’t very good. Nowadays you have comparatively huge amounts of storage space, MMORPG’s that provide unparalleled freedom, and technology that creates more realistic worlds than ever before, but back in ’92, this game, was basically, the shit. And it still rocks my world to this day, albeit in a much more portable form.
RPGFan (Jul 01, 1999)
Zelda 3 effectively combines exploratation, monster fighting, and puzzle solving with an interesting fantasy world. The fun of Zelda 3 lies in searching high and low for new places and items, and learning all about the culture and history of Hyrule while becoming a part of it. It's also full of surprises, especially if you try playing it in a few different ways (ex. passing up certain items/hearts, clearing the dungeons out of order). Zelda 3 delievrs an excellent experience in the classic 2-D style adventure. New copies of Zelda 3 are still available in many areas, since Nintendo re-issued the game several times. If you don't own this game, consider buying it; it's well worth your $20-$30 for a new copy.
The game has a lot in common with Gauntlet and games of that ilk. Most of the logic problems involve finding your way out of traps and mazes. You'll also have to decide which weapons or magic powers are best suited to certain tasks. The graphics are very simple, but the animation is fluid and the game is packed full of colour. Sound-wise, Zelda 3 is spot-on. It has some great orchestral scores and lovely sound effects throughout. The Japanese text might look daunting, but it doesn't affect the gameplay much at all. If you liked the first two games, or you fancy a spot of RPG related malarkey, then get this straight away, it's a corker!
Video Games (Apr, 1992)
(Japanese version)
Selbst hartnäckigste Gegner des Genres werden angesichts der geballten Ladung Spielwitz weich und tummeln sich Stunde um Stunde durch das Land Hyrule. Besonders erfreulich: Statt den 16-Bit-Link mit spielerischem Schnickschnack zu überladen, hielten die Programmierer konsequent am Vorbild fest und feilten nur an wenigen, aber dafür feinen Details. Daß Link zum Beispiel Gegenstände hochheben und werfen kann, bietet ausreichend Stoff für einige äußerst knifflige Puzzles. Dabei findet man im ganzen Spiel keine einzige unfaire oder unlogische Stelle. Jeder Obermotz läßt sich mit einer passenden Taktik umhauen, jedes Puzzle mit ein wenig Überlegung lösen. Gebt uns mehr davon!
Power Play (Mar, 1992)
Nintendos Programmierer und Spieldesigner ließen sich glücklicherweise auf keine wilden Experimente ein und servieren Zelda in Reinkultur. Alle Zutaten, die den Großvater zum Klassiker machten, finden sich auch beim Enkel wieder: Tonnenweise versteckte Extras, eine große Portion Humor sowie zahlreiche spielerische Finessen halten den Zelda-Freund am Joypad fest, bis der letzte Gegner besiegt und alle Rätsel gelüftet sind. Neben dem ungebrochenen Suchtpotential zeigt sich Zelda 3 auch technisch von der Schokoladenseite. Die Grafik ist abwechslungsreich und hochgradig bunt. Tolle Effekte (z.B. in den Dungeons) sorgen für so manches "Ohh!". Die Musik ist eine aufgebohrte und fetzige Neuversion des 8-Bit-Original-Soundtracks. Ein erstklassiges Action-Adventure, das selbst als Japanfassung mit etwas Fantasie spielbar ist.
Zelda 3 is one of the best video games that I've played in years.
While A Link to the Past doesn’t quite match the overall excellence I found in both Legend of Zelda and Adventure of Link, it does deserve credit for, at times, achieving a level those older games couldn’t reach. With a handful of excellent, creatively-designed dungeons, as well as a few bosses that provided far more entertaining opposition than any I’d taken on in the series’ previous games. I just wish things could have turned out a little better, as there were a few dungeons and bosses that were less than memorable, while many of Link’s overworld tasks can feel like busywork, rather than an actual fun experience.
Cubed3 (Sep 05, 2003)
Although it’s predecessor perhaps had a little too much variation for its own good, A Link to the Past deviates from the NES side scrolling adventure of the prequel and relates to gamers once more with some excellent gamplay, coupled with gorgeous graphics and the classic Nintendo style and charisma that the company had acclaimed to. The developers have done wonders with this title, heck, they even ported it to the GameBoy Advance, and memories will never die of one of the most grand Zelda adventures of all time.
RPGamer (Jun 13, 2003)
As time goes on, A Link to the Past becomes all the more significant a title. The game represents all of the features associated with the earlier games in the series, while at the same time introducing some stylistic and thematic elements that would factor prominently into the later titles. Its place in the Legend of Zelda series as a whole is thus very important, and more than that, it's also a fantastic game to play. Basically, you haven't really played Zelda until you've played this game, and play it you should.
Play Time (Sep, 1992)
Spielerisch gibt die Legende auch viel her, obwohl logische Rätsel gänzlich fehlen. Die zahlreichen Bonusgegenstände und -waffen versüßen das Spiel ungemein und müssen zum richtigen Zeitpunkt eingesetzt werden. Erfreulich ist auch der Umstand, daß die fertige Endversion komplett eingedeutscht wird! Ein gutes Arcade-Adventure mit Rollenspieleinflüssen!
The Retro Spirit (Dec 14, 2012)
Jeg vil si at spillet definitivt har sin appeal til rollespill og adventureentusiaster. Jeg er dessverre ikke en av disse, og må dermed bare konkludere med terningkast 3.