Not into Zelda TOTK? Here’re 5 games to play instead

I get it. Not everyone is into the Legend of Zelda lore, nor want to invest in a Nintendo Switch just to experience the game. 

The Legend of Zelda was first released way back in 1986, introducing a mix of elements such as puzzles, battle, exploration and inventory management in an overworld filled with dungeons and side quests to explore while you attempt to beat the game.

With its long history, there’s no surprise that there have been games that were inspired by the Legend of Zelda series (or at least feels like a Zelda game). 

So, if you’re not interest in the Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (or have completed it), here’re 5 Zelda-like games that you can explore instead:

1) Tunic 

Reminiscent of top-down Zelda games like A Link Between Worlds and Tri Force Heroes, where you wield a sword and a shield…as a fox. You explore the world while solving puzzles in search of pages to your manual. 

Tunic is available on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and retails for about US$29.99.

2) Death’s Door

This is Zelda, but if Link was a crow with a lightsaber-like sword. Death’s door is another top-down exploration with a dark world filled with dungeons, puzzles and secrets to unlock. 

You play as Crow, a grimreaper who has to track down a thief who has stolen your assigned soul.

Death’s Door is available on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and retails for about US$19.99.

3) Blossom Tales 

Blossom Tales is a retro-inspired RPG that draws inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. 

In Blossom Tales, you play as Lily, Knight of the Rose who is on a quest to save the Kingdom of Blossom from darkness. Get ready for loads of dungeon exploration, puzzles, spells and monster-slashing with a certain level of challenge, all woven together in a vivid story plot. 

Blossom Tales is available on Steam, Nintendo Switch and retails for about US$14.99.

4) Okami

Drawing inspiration from Twilight Princess, Okami offers a series of puzzles, exploration and an interesting ability to modify your environment. 

You play as Amaterasu, a white majestic wolf on a quest to save the world from darkness. Okami features Japanese mythology and beautiful watercolor styled ink illustrations. 

Okami is available on Steam, Nintendo Switch, Wii, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and retails for about US$19.99.

5) Immortals Fenyx Rising

Imagine The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but as a Greek God. 

In Immortals Fenyx Rising, you play as Fenyx, a demigod who is the only one who can save the Greek gods from a dark curse. There’ll be exploration of a beautiful open world, hack & slashing of random enemies, deers and horse to mount and tame, encounters with mythological beasts, puzzles to be solved, vaults to be conquered and the ability to unlock new powers that will help you stop the evil Typhon. 

If that doesn’t already sound like BOTW, I don’t know what else would? 😅

Although it did get some criticism for its similarities to BOTW initially, Immortals Fenyx Rising grew a strong fan base thereafter. 

I think the well written, humorous dialogues helped.

Immortals Fenyx Rising is available on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox One and retails for about US$59.99, but I got my copy at $19.99 during a Nintendo eshop sale.

Which Zelda like games would you recommend?

While I was searching for more ideas, I discovered so many more Zelda-like games that I have never even heard of before. 

Do you have a favorite? Share them in the comments below!


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