Ever gone back to the original Legend of Zelda and thought “this is great, but this is just too graphically advanced for me”? Then you are in luck, my friend. Programmer Ben Purdy de-made the NES classic, deconstructing it and taking it down to its minimal components.

The 16 x 16 pixel demake is playable in your browser. Link is now a green block, on a quest to fight other red blocks with his trusty brown block while he traverses through a vastly blocky land. Blocks.

It’s surprisingly amusing to play, assuming you have a basic understanding of how to play The Legend of Zelda and have some memory of where you should go. The minimalised graphics make it difficult to decide what’s what, but this makes for additional challenge.

Purdy made the game during a 48 hour mini-jam over on Ludum Dare, with the theme being “demakes”. Impressively, he made this during a single weekend — in-between other chores. You can go read a technical breakdown of how he made the game over on his blog.

Going back to a stripped down version of the original game, I guess you could say we’re going back to square one. Ha-ha-ha. Ha.

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  • CEObrainz

    Looks like a real fun game to play, but would have been even better with a 1-Bit (is that possible?) over-world song to play along side it. Something like this: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ojinaka/zelda-simple

    • justinpr1234

      yes i think 1 bit is possible and i think that woud be awsome

  • DexterMike

    “YOU WIN” at the end haha

  • Soeroah

    Sounds like Secret Collect from Videlectrix. Me likey.

  • richa

    I got the metal sword and then the magic sword, all hart pieces and all the triforce pieces I have never fished zelda within 30 minutes xD

    too bad that the end line wasn’t at ganons dungeon and the bombs pretty useless 😛