I don’t think I’m exaggerating if I say that most Legend of Zelda fans have at some point imagined what it would be like to create their very own Zelda game. Over the last several years, we’ve seen an increase in video games that allow you to build your own stages or otherwise modify the game. This is especially true of PC games, which sometimes have incredibly lively modding communities. Nintendo fans may be familiar with the Super Smash Bros. Brawl fan-made Project M and are almost certainly familiar with Super Mario Maker.
But before any of those games existed, a group of fans had already begun designing their own Zelda quests with a tool they created: Zelda Classic.
Zelda Classic is a free tool that allows you to create your very own Zelda quests, and in 2017 is in its 18th year of development. Just before the start of the new year, the team at Zelda Classic completely revamped their website. The website is now a modern repository of fan-made quests and other resources you might need to make your very own Zelda-like adventure.
You can learn more, and play some fan-made Zelda-style adventures when you visit ZeldaClassic.com. There, you’ll find a collection of quests that users have submitted over the past 18 years, and you can begin creating your own. If you spend a few minutes exploring the quests that others have made over the years, you can quickly see the versatility of the tool. It’s capabilities go far deeper than simply designing your own Zelda dungeons.
Zelda Classic is a free download available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Zelda Classic is open-source software, and the team at Zelda Classic are always looking for help with the continuing development of their tribute to the series we love so much.