Top-down action adventure Shalnor Legends: Sacred Lands is coming to Switch this Friday 26th April and it's looking just a little bit familiar. As you can see from the trailer above and the screenshots below, Johnny Ostad's game takes a hefty dose of inspiration from Nintendo's premier action RPG series - more specifically the colour palette and general look of SNES classic A Link To The Past.
According to the game's website it features 'alchemy' and an 'engaging narrative.' The official description details the journey of a young girl to the titular Sacred Lands:
Within these lands, the brave young Elf Rynna will face challenges that no one has ever overcome. Will she succeed? Or will she fail like many who have fallen before her?
- Find Herbs to brew powerful potions and elixirs.
- Upgrade your gear and find Collectibles.
- Many dungeons and caves to explore.
The game is already available on Steam and Xbox One and opinions are mixed regarding its success in aping the classic Zelda template, although it's certainly nailed the aesthetic of Link's earlier adventures:
If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, it seems that Shalnor Legends will be a most sincere game. It launches on Friday for $9.99, so if you're after something to scratch that Zelda itch until Link's Awakening arrives on Switch later this year (and if Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the Necrodancer isn't quite what you're looking for), it may be worth checking out.
Do you think this will rise up to rival the games it very obviously takes inspiration from, or do you think it... Shalnor pass?... Hello? Oh, they must've fled to the comments section.