Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC)
- Role-playing adventure game
- Link to The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages to share items, uncover story elements, and unlock hidden areas in each game
- Use a magic staff to change the landscape
- Link is accompanied by Ricky the kangaroo, Moosh the winged bear, and Dimitri the dodongo
- Linking games requires 2 Game Boy consoles and a separately sold link cable
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- Platform: Game Boy Color
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
One of the most highly esteemed digital adventures is back on your Game Boy Color console in two new games: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons. Both are independent games, but when they're linked between two Game Boy Color consoles via the separately sold Game Link cable, players can share items, uncover story elements, and unlock hidden areas in each game.
Using the Harp of Ages, Link must travel through time and space to save Nayru, the eponymous prophet in Oracle of Ages, who's been kidnapped by the evil sorceress Veran. By learning new melodies to play on the harp, players will travel to the past and affect changes in the present to solve the game's varied puzzles.
In Oracle of Seasons, players help Link embark on a quest to recover the Essences of Nature. To do so, he must first find the Rod of Seasons, a magical item that lets Link transform the landscape into the season of his choice, helping him overcome obstacles and solve puzzles. Ricky the kangaroo, Moosh the winged bear, and Dimitri the dodongo accompany Link on this adventure.
One of two new Zelda games for the Game Boy Color, Oracle of Seasons is the more action-focused of the duo. The Triforce has alerted Link to trouble in the land of Holodrum, where the General of Darkness has kidnapped Din, the Oracle of Seasons. The villain hopes to transform Holodrum into a wasteland by changing the order of the seasons. It's up to you to help Link save Holodrum by rescuing Din...
The game features more combat and less puzzle-solving than its sister title, Zelda: Oracle of Ages. Its mechanics and menus are similar to those found in the original Zelda Game Boy game--this is classic overhead role-playing at its best. The key item in this game is the Rod of Seasons, which allows Link to change seasons at will. For example, an impassable lake becomes a quick pathway to stroll by using the rod to change seasons from summer to winter.
Although this game is extremely enjoyable on its own, you'll want to use it in conjunction with Oracle of Ages. After you complete one game you'll be given a password that can be used in the other to enable you to begin with all your items, statistics and progress intact. Certain characters will appear only when you play both games, and by using a link cable, players can trade items. Game Boy Advance users will find a store that's exclusive to them.
This is one of the best Game Boy titles ever, though it may not appeal to younger players or those looking for an undemanding game. --Raymond M Padilla, Amazon.com
Top customer reviews
This game and its sister game, oracle of ages, were both to great acclaim upon release and with good reason. They are the most playable games I have played in years, bar none. The story isn't going to win any awards in the originality, being merely a good vs. evil ordeal, but this doesn't seem to matter, as the clichéd story is not the vehicle of the game like in, say the final fantasy series. You roam the land with cleverly placed restrictions such as a big rock, which you can only move once you get a certain item. With this is a masterpiece of level design if you are walking to your destination you might notice something that blocked your path before that you can now move. This allows for many secrets to be tucked away in the land. A large feature in this game is the 'Rod of Seasons'. This allows the player to change between the four seasons. In winter water freezes so you can walk over the ice, in summer vines grow tall allowing you to access new areas so on so forth. The graphics are bright and in most part excellent with each season looking very distinct. The sound is good, not exceptional, although the theme that runs in the background for the most part of the adventure doesn't grind you in like so many other themes from games. The game lasts up to and beyond 24 hours making it very good value for money. If you own both games you can trade items and upon finishing one game continue your quest on the other, unlocking many secret side-quests. This and its sister game are truly the last excellent GBC games, and are far better than most of the efforts on the GBA. Go out and buy this game if not both because they are amazing games. I can't find any fault with this game; no matter how hard I try.
Prepare to kiss goodbye to your social life.
The game may seem long at first, but close to the end you'll wish it was twice the size. If your only ever going to buy one game, then make it this one. And if you don't own a gameboy, buy one- its worth it...just for this game alone!
P.S. Fans of Lord of the Rings - you'll absolutely love it!!
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