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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

by Nintendo
Nintendo 64
Everyone
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,040 customer reviews) 6 answered questions


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Product Details

  • ASIN: B00000DMB3
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 10 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,040 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Nintendo's highly acclaimed adventure brings the classic series into the third dimension. After a nightmare involving a certain young princess and the evil thief Ganondorf, series hero Link wakes up in his home village tucked away behind the mysterious Lost Woods. The only Kokiri without a fairy, Link soon meets up with his new traveling companion, the winged Navi, and sets out on the adventure of his life. The quest, which inevitably turns into a rescue mission for Princess Zelda, leads players through dark dungeons, picturesque villages, into the heart of a volcano, to the bottom of a lake, through a haunted desert, deep into a magical forest, into a giant tree, the belly of a beast, and even through time.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time may be the greatest single-player video game ever created in any genre. It's that good. Those new to Nintendo's enormously popular Zelda series will be glad to know this game stands completely on its own. Our hero, Link, starts the game as a young boy living in a magical forest village populated by elf-like children. But there is evil lurking in the world. Strange monsters are appearing, and the land is changing. It's up to Link to discover why, defeat the monsters, and stop the evil at its source.

The game world's ever-changing environment looks like a fairy tale come to life. Majestic waterfalls, towering castles, and magical forests are a feast for the eyes and ears. Rivers flow, rain falls, the sun and moon rise and set. There's even an erupting volcano! Exploring this world is half the fun of the game. Along the way, you learn musical tunes that you can play on the flute-like Ocarina, a magical device that helps you teleport, alter the weather, even control time itself.

Character interaction is important to gather clues. The fairy princesses, singing frogs, and dragons you'll meet can be cute, humorous, or somewhat terrifying. Sprinkled liberally throughout the game are hundreds of secret treasures and enjoyable minigames (one of which, the fishing game, would almost be worth buying by itself). Game controls are easy to learn. There's even an elaborate fight training course built right into the game. Controlling the hero quickly becomes instinctive, and you can concentrate on saving the world. To win the game, you'll have to use not only Link's sword, but your mind as well. This game's challenging and inventive puzzles really make you think. In fact, to keep from getting stuck, it's worth spending a few bucks on an official player's guide. With The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Nintendo has come up with an all-consuming adventure title that will provide days of engrossing gameplay. --Eric Fredrickson

Pros:

  • Best single-player video game
  • Freedom to explore a rich, complex world
  • Helpful fairy guide gives hints
  • Charming, humorous, lighthearted, yet challenging
Cons:
  • Some puzzles can be frustrating
  • Only one saved game per player--don't save when you're stuck!
  • Much more fun with Rumble Pack

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105 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zelda Rules...Again! June 16, 2000
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is such a perfect game. When I heard that a new zelda sequel was coming out, I was afraid that it would have a hard time living up to the greatness of the other zelda games, but I was definitely proven wrong.
First of all, the world which you explore is gorgeous. Ever felt like exploring a fairy-tale forest of elf-children? What about a cavern that lies behind a magical waterfall, or maybe a sunny medieval marketplace, or how about an adobe desert fortess, or even a simple peaceful mountain village? It's all in Zelda 64.
The gameplay itself is awesome. Link is easy to control, and the 3-D motion of the game is great. The challenge level is perfect too. I played the game without a strategy guide, and I'll admit the infamous Water Temple took me seven days to beat, but the puzzles are respectably challenging and you feel great when you solve them. The bosses are also nicely challenging; it's rare to beat them on the first try. Also, you have a wide variety of weapons and items to find along the way, and there are plenty of extra-hard side quests for the hardcore zelda players, like the never-ending quest to kill those elusive skulltullas, or the always-present goal of finding all the heart containers.
The music is great too. New themes such as the bouncy new Lost Woods theme, the sultry Gerudo Valley (gotta love those castanets and Spanish guitar), or the relaxing massage-for-the-ears Zora's Domain join the soundtrack in addition to old favorites from SNES' "A Link to the Past", like Zelda's Lullaby, the Fairy's Fountain theme, the Ganon theme, and Kakariko Village.
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danger - it might consume you! November 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is undoubtably the best game I have ever played. Everything everyone says above is true. Fantastic graphics, game-play, story, character development, mystery, suspense. You name it. I'm a computer graphics pro - I know a good thing when I see it.
OK, someone has to say what the negatives are. I am a very busy 47 year old computer professional. I rarely, if ever, have more than a few minutes to play a video game any more these days. I got this game for my 12 year old daughter, but one day decided to try it out for myself.
BANG! I was hooked within the hour. I had to finish the game. Over the next two months (yes, it is THAT DEEP), I spent hundreds of hours, well into the wee hours of the night, playing this game. I would spend 4 to 8 hours at a stretch. I pulled two all-nighters, not even realizing what time it was, till I noticed the sun coming up (haven't done that since I was in college). I was totally consumed and addicted to this game, and had to finish no matter what the cost. My work suffered, my sleep suffered, and I was probably lucky not to make myself sick.
I have instructed my wife and daughter to NEVER BUY another game like this again. I can't afford that much of a distraction again!
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Just the thought of this game makes me smile, and I know I'm not the only person who holds it in such high regard. Now that Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has been out for about three years (it was released in August of 1998, I believe), it is still regarded by many gamers and game-developers alike as the best videogame ever made. Why so much praise for "just another adventure game," you ask? Let me explain...

1)the Gameplay: Controlling Link (the game's lead character, although you can assign him any name you want at the start of the game) is an absolute joy, as the controls are super-intuitive and responsive. The various attacks that you can perform are easy to pull off and manuevering Link around the game's three-dimensional fantasy world (named Hyrule) is equally as entertaining, thanks to many helpful features such as the "auto-jump" (don't worry, it works great).

Since most will agree that gameplay is the most important factor, I'll be brief with the other features of the game: 2)Graphics: They're still gorgeous (albeit a tad blurry--don't blame the game, blame the Nintendo64!), even next to newer games on newer systems such as the PlayStation2. The world of Hyrule comes to life with colorful graphics that are cartoony and light-hearted one moment, dark and frightening the next. 3)Music: fantastic music, amazing sound effects. 4)Story: The game's dialogue is not spoken (although Link does yell when you perform some attacks or when he's attacked), but the writing is packed with emotion and, at times, humour. Some of the characters you meet in the game say some very hilarious things. The game also has a FANTASTIC ending (very epic and emotional).

I apologize for the length of this review.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best game in all of time: Zelda! April 15, 2000
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Format:Video Game
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Alright, potential buyers and critics alike, you have stumbled upon the standard of video game entertainment, The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. This game was one of the first on the N64, and it still remains the best. It has shared "best game ever" with no game except for Goldeneye 007. If you are looking for fun, challenges, excellent graphics, humour, music, cut scenes, or just a good time, The Ocarina of Time is the one for you!
Never has there been such diversity in a game. Players will experience a bounding adventure that will keep them on the edge of their seats.
Play control is at its best in Zelda 64. From climbing to swinging the Megaton Hammer, all controls are fluid and easy to use. Items and weapons in use are shown at the top of the screen in the shape of their corresponding buttons. This game has an easy learning curve.
The first time I played the game, I was mesmerized by its depth. It has a solid, easy to follow story line. Link must travel the vast land of Hyrule in order to save princess Zelda. Along the way, he meets up with thousands of charming (and not so charming) characters.
Zelda 64 also produces the major evolution of the camera angles in a 3D, non-turn-based fight. The view enables you to see your enemies from just beyond link's back. It swings when a critical move or step must be taken. The whole "Z Targeting" thing is very easy to learn also.
The graphics are unparallel to any game in its genre. For a game that was made in the opening year of the N64, and without an Expansion Pak, the graphics are clear and polished. The only exception is the Market, where the buildings are somewhat blurry. But hey, that's just one of ten thousand places you could be in Hyrule!
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