It’s common to go through withdrawals as a Legend of Zelda fan. After finishing the remake of Link’s Awakening, as well as all the games that preceded that, you have nothing else left to fill that Legend of Zelda void.
Instead of feeling totally lost without a new The Legend of Zelda game, it’s time to find a temporary replacement.
These games might not have Link and Zelda in it, but they’ll give you the same satisfaction as playing the real thing.
1. Fable Anniversary
The first Fable game was released in 2004 on the Xbox. However, the Fable Anniversary edition gives you the chance to play the remastered version of the original game.
This exciting RPG is set in the Zelda-esque world of Albion. You play as the Hero, a young boy who’s family has been torn apart by bandits. As you progress and complete quests, your choices influence the way that Albion’s villagers view you.
2. Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King
If you love the classic Legend of Zelda games like Link to the Past, you’ll want to check out Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King. This indie game is blatantly inspired by the early Legend of Zelda games.
Despite the fact that it resembles Zelda so much, it still offers a fresh perspective on gameplay, setting, story, and characters. You take on the role of Lily, Knight of the Rose.
It’s your goal to save the Kingdom of Blossom from darkness, and you’ll have to traverse challenging dungeons to do so.
3. Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas
You can immediately tell that Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas was heavily inspired by the Zelda series. In particular, you’ll notice it has a distinct Wind Waker aesthetic with gameplay and dungeon designs like A Link to the Past.
Oceanhorn started off as a mobile game and was later ported to non-mobile systems, so you can forgive some of its shortcomings. It has the heart of Zelda though, so definitely worth playing!
4. Spiral Knights
Have you never really got over your love of Four Swords Adventures? If that’s the case, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on Spiral Knights.
This medieval sci-fi MMO lets you team up with other players to fight monsters, solve puzzles, and find treasures. Thanks to the Clockworks, the game’s environment is constantly changing. That means you can play over and over without getting burnt out!
Anodyne has deemed itself a “Zelda-lite” game, and rightfully so. It’s reminiscent of the Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, except its theme is much darker.
You’ll scour the unsettling worlds within Young’s subconscious, using a broom to fend off any monsters that stand in your way. As you collect cards, you’ll dive even farther into the dreamscape.
I’ve already talked about Evoland in a review, and its Legend of Zelda elements land it a place on this list. This game is basically a playable timeline of RPG history.
At the start of the game, the environment will lack color and music. Soon, you’ll get to wield a sword, cut down enemies, and explore maze-like dungeons Zelda style.
Because this game explores RPG history, it also has elements of other RPGs like Diablo and Final Fantasy.
Darksiders Warmastered Edition offers a new look at the original 2010 game. At first glance, Darksiders doesn’t resemble The Legend of Zelda at all.
Once you start playing, you’ll definitely see how closely the game’s mechanics shadow the classic Nintendo game. Darksiders plays like a Legend of Zelda game with hack-and-slash elements.
No, that doesn’t make it like Hyrule Warriors—it plays more like a more violent Skyward Sword.
When you explore dungeons, the game progresses in that signature Zelda fashion. You’ll find items to help you reach the boss at the end of the dungeon.
8. Hyper Light Drifter
Hyper Light Drifter takes aspects of Link to the Past, and creates an entirely different universe on top of it.
It centers around a Drifter, someone who looks to find old technologies and lost knowledge. The Drifter you play as suffers from an enigmatic illness and hopes to uncover a cure.
You’ll traverse a beautiful, 16-bit world, while wielding an energy sword. Along the way, you’ll find new weapons and ability upgrades that can help you conquer Judgement.
When Will Link Awaken Next?
Waiting for the next Legend of Zelda game isn’t too bad when you have some Zelda-like games to distract you. Plus, you can always revisit previous The Legend of Zelda games in the meantime.