I just finished playing one of my favorite Zelda dungeons ever.

picture-1-10-56-489So which Zelda was I playing? Ocarina of Time? Link’s Awakening? Wand of Gamelon? No, I just finished playing “The Legend of Princess”, a indie freeware game released by Konjak, a one-man developer whom you may know from other internet game releases (Fun fact: Konjak and Anton, graphic designer of this site, both worked on the Nintendo DS game Contra IV!). The game is just a small Multimedia Fusion project, containing simply one dungeon and nothing else start to finish, but that one dungeon surpasses the many I have played throughout the Zelda series.

Described by Konjak as a “love letter to Zelda”, this game seeks to answer the age-old fan question “What would Zelda be like if A Link to the Past had based itself on Zelda II’s side scrolling mechanic instead of reverting to Zelda I’s isometric view?”. Most fans would conjure a bleak view of Zelda for an answer, but The Legend of Princess presents an exciting alternate view of a 16-bit Zelda as a side-scroller, complete with 16-bit Link’s pink hair. This game isn’t simply an arcade hack-and-slash with Link tacked on, but espouses a great deal of unique Zelda elements in the span of its one dungeon, such as a pushing-block puzzle and boss fights with Dark Link and Phantom Ganon, all rendered in beautiful side-view 2D.

You begin the game by choosing one of three items for ranged attack and one of three items for mobility, the difficulty and style of the game varying depending on the items you choose. The game then drops you at the begging of the dungeon, so you have to jump, battle, fight bosses and solve some puzzles all the way to find the princess, while trying to collect all the rupees you can along the way. The game plays great, much smoother and fast-paced than Zelda II. Expect to see many familiar enemies, such as the Octorok, Keese, and dreaded Wallmaster (who behaves somewhat differently in an original twist). The music is great. It reminds me of the music of the Legend of Niel parody series, in that while not directly copying any Zelda music, is certainly made to sound like tunes familiar to the Zelda fan’s ear. The graphics are gorgeous; the sprites and backgrounds are mostly (all?) original, to boot. The game is pretty short, lasting only for the duration of the rather short, linear dungeon, but it will surprise you with its quality. It’s fairly replayable, as well, due to the item-selection scheme.

All in all, this game comes highly recommended to anyone who like a good arcade side-scroller, but is simply a must play for any Zelda fan.

(This news article was originally written by Liquid, but then graciously expanded by Dr. Fish, one of ZU’s moderators. Thanks, Fish!)

    I just beat it.

    All I have to say is, this is fantastic. The graphics are perfect, and the DL battle was ingenious. It had so many of the Zelda enemies in, all with an amazing art style. Guys, I’m not kidding.

    This is like, professional. Get it now, whilst trying to beat it with all of the weapons / flights.

  • DRKO

    Is the link dead? I can’t quite get it to work.


    the link goes directly to a blank white page, which should also give a pop up box on the right for a download. Basically, it directly links to the download file, not a web page.

    • GKANG

      By the way, I’m using Firefox if that helps (:

  • octorok8

    this is too short, but i don’t care. it’s fantastic fun, and has some ingenious ideas. i particularly enjoyed the last boss fight.

  • timexpo

    lol it is fun…..cant figure out how to kill shadow link tho he wont come out of the water

    • GKANG

      He’s using his down+D sword stab attack. When he uses it, you jump and use is. So what would happen is, he jumps, then you jump, he lands the stab, then you land the stab on top of him. Took me a bit to work out too lol.

  • Hylian Princess

    Sounds cool! I want to play! -runs to download-

  • Master Jedi

    Awesome. I actually liked that dark link battle better. It was rather short but the boss battles made up for that.

  • Meralia

    Downloaded, played a bit. Had to stop because I have other stuff to do today, but it looks great and it’s really fun! I’ll finish it later, when I have more time. 🙂

  • Dominion

    Hey guys,

    If you’re still having problems downloading, try this link:


  • anon

    I dont know, hookshot was pretty hard to use. anybody figure out how to use it?

    • wyldknightn87

      the hookshot is for either going straight up by hitting the roof or swinging over enemies by shooting it at an angle, but if you accidentally shoot it at an angle next to a wall it will cancel it out.

  • wyldknightn87

    if you are having trouble with the link, go to VG Cats. They have a link to Konjak’s site.

  • me

    my game keeps bugging up and i can’t use the down+D against dark link

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