Review: The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords DS

Here at Empty Wallet Gamer the general games of interest are the games that can be found cheap. At least that is what I get from the name of the page. So what better type of game is there to review than a free game? The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords DS is exactly that, free. You can download it at the eShop or on the DS store. This game is definitely worth the price or lack of price.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords DS is essentially just a port of the original game. The first time out you were required to have The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the GBA, a game link cable and at least one other friend. After all of that you could play the first multiplayer Zelda game to hit the market. Then Zelda: Four Swords hit the Gamecube, this allowed you to play through the game by yourself instead of needing at least one friend, two game link cables and two GBA’s. The people over at CAPCOM helped make this game a very unique and fun Zelda game. Now it has been pushed to the Nintendo DS, DSi, DSiXL and 3DS with a few upgrades including maps on the bottom screen and no cords tying the players together.

In the Legend of Zelda: Four Swords there isn’t much of a story. The game starts the story before the title screen and you don’t see much of anything else until you beat the game. Even with the lackluster story the gameplay is great classic Zelda fun mixed with multiplayer mayhem. When you play multiplayer you can compete for or work together to get rupees which are pretty much points in the game. The levels are cleverly laid out having you work together with your other Links to push big boulders or cross gaps to hit levers. The players get to use classic items like the bomb, boomerang and Pegasus boots. This game has great co-op and single player fun, though,  the levels don’t have much depth. Most of the time you just work together to get to the end of the level collecting as many items and rupees as possible. 

The art style of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords is a lot like The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap. The cell-shaded style has never been a bad thing in my book. It works really well with the goofy aspect of being able to toss your friends off of cliffs and into enemies. The colors are all rich and vibrant making the volcano, ice and forest levels really pop out. I should also mention that when playing on multiplayer the 2nd, 3rd and 4th player get to pick their color while the 1st player is forced to be the classic green Link.

The music in the game is exactly what you would expect and that is great for a fan of the series. The different levels all play music that help set the tone. Link runs around yelling and grunting like he does in every game since A Link to the Past. It is also humorous to pick up a friend and toss them into a hole and hear them yell on the way down. It’s just what you would want from a Zelda game.

I would say if you like Zelda games at all, free game or are just looking for a new game to play with friends The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords is a great game. I’m going to give it an 80%. I don’t know how long it will be free though, so go out now and download this game.

Verdict: 80%

-Keith Michael