As far as the challenge level goes, this game may not seem difficult at first. Most of the enemies and bosses can be handled without too much trouble. Much of the challenge lies in solving the puzzles and finding the items you need to progress. If you perish in one of the dungeons, the continue feature starts you back at the entrace, but with only three red hearts. This can be annoying especially at the later levels. However, when you complete the game, you get a chance to tackle the Second Quest. Instead of simply replaying the game, the layouts of the dungeons and the locations of the items are all different, and the game gets much harder, giving you a new challenge. The Second Quest will definetly require you to invest more time into it, adding more playability to an already-stellar game.
The Legend of Zelda has been hailed as one of the best games of all time with good reason. White it may seem simplistic on the surface, all the elements come together to produce another Nintendo masterpiece. Plus Zelda 1 set the precedent for most of the later entries in the series. Most importantly, it's still fun to go through all the dungeons and try to uncover all the game's secrets as well as trying to beat the Second Quest. Without a doubt The Legend of Zelda has stood the test of time and is indeed worthy of its legendary status.
- Review posted on December 18, 2006