The Nintendo eShop is filled with amazing titles for your new Switch, not to mention the 3DS. On top digital versions of well-known titles and classic re-releases, Nintendo’s virtual marketplace is filled with indie hits and hidden gems to keep you busy in between major releases.
While not likely to remain under the radar for very long, a very interesting new RPG from developer Castle Pixel released today for Switch…
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If it isn’t immediately obvious to you just from some of the images, Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King is very highly inspired by the likes of classic Zelda titles, mainly A Link to the Past. While the iconic status of that game speaks for itself, Blossom Tales is clearly looking to capture a little bit of the magic from Zelda’s first outing on the Super Nintendo.
The shameless clone stars Lily, the Knight of the Rose, on her adventure to save the Kingdom of Blossom from ruin. The story takes place from the perspective of a grandfather telling his grandchildren the story of Lily.
At certain points in the game, the player actually decides how certain elements of the experience unfold, effectively changing the game as you play it.
Slash your way through monster-infested dungeons to save the Kingdom of Blossom from eternal darkness. Collect unique weapons, spells and items during your journey to take down powerful bosses and solve clever puzzles. Be part of a vivid, dynamic story passed down from grandfather to grandchildren by influencing the course of events yourself!
Beyond that you are looking at your typical 2D action-RPG in the vein of a Zelda game: dungeon crawling, finding new weapons and gadgets, basic leveling up, boss battles, and an evil wizard. You can expect roughly 15 hours of gameplay across 5 main dungeons with a number of interesting puzzles to solve and spells to learn.
While in many cases “clones” like this are looked down upon, anything that is more like Zelda is a good thing. And Blossom Tales really does seem to have its own identity despite the glaring similarities in gameplay. You’re also not going to be paying all that much of a premium here considering the quality.