August 22, 2013 7:00 AM | Anthony Swinnich
The second Zelda on the NES is one of those 'love it or hate it' kind of games, but no one can deny its influence on the industry. Thankfully, Nintendo's willingness to take a chance resonated with some people in positive ways, and today games like Elliot Quest are born. It might not be as difficult as its inspiration, but it's going to be a lot of fun if the browser-based demo is any indication.
What's immediately noticeable about Elliot Quest is that you use a bow and arrow instead of sword. Your arrows travel on a soft, downward slope, requiring you to plan combat around this shortcoming. This isn't an issue when enemies do nothing but bounce toward you, but fighting the knights found in the temple require a bit more thought and skill. The sidescrolling levels provide a lengthy path with plenty of explorable areas, and like in most games, locating treasure chests and other upgrades is almost always rewarding.
Expect five bosses, a customizable leveling system, lots of items and endings based on your actions when the final version releases in early 2014. The early access Alpha is available for $5 on Desura for Windows, Mac and Linux, and comes with a complete OST as well. You can also vote for the game on Steam Greenlight.