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There are various tools available for eager PC owners - in particular - that want to use templates and an easy user interface to create their own games. Now developer Dream Mix has taken to Kickstarter to seek funding for its own offering in this area - Legend Maker.

As the name makes clear it's inspired by The Legend of Zelda, and is a tool that can be used to create (and share) sizeable worlds. In theory users could have the ability to create diverse experiences, with options such as those to edit NPCs and give them dialogue options. As you can see in the pitch video below it bears a striking resemblance (in the sword animation and more besides) to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Dream Mix does emphasize on its campaign page that sprite work and animations are their own work, and even addresses concerns around potential legal action:

As we continue to distance ourself further from Zelda, both content- and style-wise, we are certain that there is no risk of any sort of legal action against us. Hopefully it's clear from the demo that we have some unique ideas, and we promise that there are even more to come.

There's currently a demo version available to try if you have a PC, downloadable from the campaign page. As this is being created in GameMaker, however, there's no stretch goal for Wii U (as there are for PS4 and Xbox One) - Nintendo's system doesn't support that particular engine. At the time of writing the campaign has raised a little over $5000 of its $40,000 goal, and has 19 days remaining.

It's interesting to see a game / app like this in the works, especially as many Nintendo fans would love a 'Legend of Zelda Maker' in the style of Super Mario Maker. Do you like the look of this game / creation tool, assuming the developer's confidence in avoiding legal action is well founded?

[source kickstarter.com, via gonintendo.com]