The Legend of Zelda inspires a lot of game makers, and sometimes that is very much worn on the creator's sleeve. Ocean's Heart is one such title that doesn't hide the fact that it's trying to give its own spin on Nintendo's iconic franchise, with developer Max Mraz now teaming up with Nordcurrent to bring the game to Switch - it arrives on 10th February priced at $14.99/€14.99/£13.49.
As you can see in the trailer it adopts a pixelated top down approach, albeit with a take on Link's now iconic blue garb from Breath of the Wild. It's been out about a year on Steam and has been well received in user reviews, and it clearly aims to offer enjoyable depth as you embark on the adventure.
Ocean’s Heart is a charming pixel-art action RPG set in a spirited world brimming with secrets, magic, and perilous affairs. As Tilia, a young girl who’s father has been kidnapped by the ruthless pirate Blackbeard, you must set off on a treacherous journey through a vast and dangerous wilderness to rescue him, unraveling a web of pirate conspiracies on the way. Gather items along your journey to craft potions as well as expand and upgrade your ever-growing arsenal of weapons, constantly increasing your skills to fight boss adversaries and survive deadly dungeons.
“Ocean’s Heart wears its influences on its sleeve, so of course I am ecstatic to see the game come to Nintendo Switch. Ocean’s Heart is a love letter to the Legend of Zelda but it also has its own uniqueness that sets it apart. It’s about exploring, and the sense of satisfaction of finding a mystery out there, and trying to figure out what it means,” said Max Mraz, the developer of Ocean’s Heart. “So it lures you off the path by being full of hidden areas that hint at stories and hide new monsters and treasure. After building my vision for Ocean’s Heart from the ground up, it’s satisfying to see my game on the platform of its greatest inspiration.
It looks promising, especially as it's from such a small team - a solo developer and no doubt some contributors.
Let us know in the comments if you're planning to pick this up when it arrives on Switch.
Very cute. It could be something great.
Looks great, might have to break my physical only rule for this, but will give it half a year, just incase
I looks nice, I just... if you're going to make a Zelda inspired game do you have to make the character look so much like Link? (I'm looking at you too Oceanhorn)
Interesting choice of colors for the outfit
Looks lovely and fun. Blossom tales was a great zelda esque game if anyone is after more.
Colour me intrigued...
I have this game on PC (and currently lives in the backlog) it is a good game but I do need to finish it. Maybe I'll double dip.
Looks pretty awesome. Swords of Ditto is another good Zelda clone, but with roguelite elements.
If any devs are reading: Looks great! Now replay the entire Legend of Zelda series and take note of everything you ripped off. Change all of those things and you probably have a pretty good game.
@SuperZeldaFun this is a good point. I bought Moon Lighter and experienced the same bug that was an issue on Steam as well. I can’t buy weapons from the blacksmith. I reported it and stop playing the game as a result.
If the bugs are still present in the steam version, there is a good chance they will resurface on the switch especially if the game is made with a cross platform framework like Unity.
I really would have chosen a different name than Ocean's Horn for a Zelda inspired game when there's already two of the name of Oceanhorn on Switch being Zelda inspired games 😅. It almost sounds inspired by a game that was inspired by Zelda in turn, haha. Looks well done though, could be really nice i think!
Edit - It's Ocean's Heart actually, not Horn...well that's a little better at least 😄
Looks like a fun Zelda-like, if a little too safe. This formula is famous for a reason, obviously, but I’m always surprised when developers copy the Zelda art style in addition to the gameplay. Push yourself to do something new, don’t give us the same game we’ve played 10 times already. This’ll be a pass for me.
I don't see the point of making games that are derivative of better games, with less impressive art than the games that inspired them and have less ambition in game mechanic and scope than the games that inspired them. Why would someone play this over the much better games that it tries to emulate?
Looks decent. Maybe ill check it out.
Reminds me of Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap GBA style, but with a blue tunic.
It like the bright, early DS style visuals. Not sure I'll download it though as there is a bit of saturation of this look and type of game. It may have to stand out for me in the reviews or be a bagain purchase.
@SuperZeldaFun this never got much advertising at all for steam so the 500 reviews is pretty good. It is also a type of game most people that play on steam are not looking for.
@RubyDevilNine Honestly, a protagonist that looks (and maybe even acts) like Major Alex Louis Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist would be a refreshing (and fun!) change of pace.
I already got tricked by Oceanshorn and Blossom Tales. I won't get tricked a third time. While Blossom Tales was ok, Oceanshorn is total BS on Switch. It feels and plays like a mobile game, because it is a mobile game.
Therefore I will pass this one. Like someone already said: if you clone, clone on the same level or above the original!
Already got this on Steam, it's a good fun action adventure game. Glad that it's finally coming to Switch.
This doesn't seem "inspired by" but more like "copying it". Even the cover makes it look like a rip off, unfortunately. Hopefully, gameplay wise, will be very different.
@CactusMan how is oceanhorn?
looks pretty cool! I might be picking this one up.
I think it looks very cute, I mean it could even be its own game if it went and change all the Zelda inspired stuff, I might get it, I'm not real big on buying digital games but if it's as good as it looks I sure will!
Looks too much like Zelda. I don't reward or celebrate this kind of thing. It's fine to take inspiration, it's entirely different to just plagiarize. At least change your art style, or setting, or... something.
Wow, been out on Steam for a year? Does anyone else find it difficult to discover games that are released on Steam? I've never heard of this title, but would have loved to have played it when it launched.
When I first saw the name and the thumbnail I thought this was a sequel to the Oceanhorn franchise.
Inspired? Thought that was Link himself. Have little hope for a game where they can't even change the main hero..a little..
It feels like the Champion's Tunic is getting a lot more iconic recognition than I anticipated. It feels like more and more people are gonna know "Zelda" as the blue-garbed blond hair guy armed with a sword, maybe a circular wooden shield. No one's gonna see the little elf Peter Pan rip-off anymore.
Looks fabulous - I'm definitely getting it! That overworld looks great.
That cover art looks like a photoshop of a Zelda game. Even the outfit looks kinda like the champions tunic
Let’s do Stardew, but Zelda
Woaw, nice pixel art. Definitely going to check it out next month for a formula that I liked very much on gameboy
@Ear_wiG Yeah but did any one complain about the million or so Metroidvania games on the eShop? I think even Zelda inspired games should had their own genre too.
@CarlosM87 Have you ever come to realize that this game at one time was a fan made Zelda game too?
@Specter_of-the_OLED Totally agree! It’s not the genre I have trouble with, it’s the lack of creativity in art direction, and developers that basically lift the style and art directly from Zelda. But ya know, developed world problems mate.
@Specter_of-the_OLED "Ocean’s Heart is a love letter to the Legend of Zelda..." This is NL article itself, and at no point referring it has a Zelda fan made. Since I never heard of it or read about it anywhere, I stated only the obvious, just by looking at it's cover, a Zelda copy paste. Not saying this is good or bad, just saying that hopefully, gameplay wise, this has something else to offer, besides the basic that we can find in any Zelda "love letter" around, and by my accounts, those are one and a hundred. Oceanhorn was my last Zelda "inspired" and we all know how that game fared.
This looks great
Seemed like a letdown from the reviews I’ve seen, shame.
@Moistnado Sometimes people want new content, new characters, new story, etc. Sometimes a dev puts their own fun spin in a mechanic. And sometimes not haha. The "inspired by" category varies wildly in quality. But, there are a number of notable titles we probably take for granted today that started as this. If I'm not mistaken, the Mana series started out as "we love Zelda, what if we added some rpg leveling to things."
Looks like a charming little world I'd love to wander around and explore.
I don't understand why people get bent out of shape about games being inspired by other game and having nearly the same look or mechanics. I loved ALttP as a kid and would have love it if Nintendo made more Zelda games for the SNES. Lots of romhackers take original Zelda games and create new Zelda content with the same assets. Many of them are great to play.
I don't care if this is a reskinned Zelda. I want more Zelda and this looks great. What's up with this cult of originality anyway? Are ya'll Nintendo's copyright lawyers or something?
That cover art though...have they no shame? Lol
@Kisame83 I like some games that are inspired by older franchises. My original post was about games that are not trying anything different, just copying and not copying very well. I like the first Axiom Verge. It isn't a direct clone of metroid, it tries new things and it has strengths that Metroid doesn't have, like the hacking tool as an extension of a Metroid players desire to exploit bugs. If they just copied Metroid, with a lower budget and less staff, it would have been terrible.
I guess imitating specifically Zelda Wind Waker's ocean spelunking + BOTW's blue tunic is part and parcel these days for a Zelda-like. Just a humorous observation I've noticed.
Inspired my butt it's a straight copy what's with the hyrule crest if it's inspired inspired games don't direct steal
@Purgatorium it's a straight copy it's considered stealing
@Pink-Lightning What do you mean by a straight copy? I would take that to mean it's identical but maybe you had something else in mind.
@Purgatorium you didn't see the hyrule crest that's a straight rip from legend of zelda
@Pink-Lightning That doesn't answer my question. I'm just clarifying what you mean by "straight copy" so I can respond.
@Moistnado ah, so you're talking along the lines of a typical Kemco release (for example)
@Mr_Fox they where pretty much Trying to make a Zelda like game. Why would they take this advice and basically no longer be making there goal?
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