When you’re looking to emulate a known quantity, especially when it’s a Nintendo franchise on a Nintendo system, you know the risk you’re taking. While many indie titles get pretty beat up in their quest to do their inspirations justice, others like Ocean’s Heart instead come out with some scrapes but proving to be a joy in their own right. If you’re familiar with the likes of the classic Link to the Past there will no doubt be some moments of deja vu playing this title. To its credit, while it may lack that revered first-party polish in terms of the visuals and overall play style, the emphasis here is a bit more on a simply pleasant overall experience that will throw some decent combat, exploration, discovery, and puzzle-solving your way. Throw in a self-assuredness in the quality of its own lore and sense of flavor that manage to feel pretty fresh and it’s a very affordable action RPG that should be a joy for retro fans.
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