A Link to the Past Game Overview

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Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo. On November 21, 1991, it was released in North America for the Super Nintendo console. This game is the third installment of the Legend of Zelda series and takes place six years after The Adventure of Link.

It’s an excellent game for all ages, including kids and adults. It’s also a great game to play with friends since it is known for its high difficulty level. The game has excellent graphics for the time it was released, but I’m sure most of us don’t mind some outdated pictures if they mean we get a kickass game.

Bottom Line Up Front

A Link to the Past is a great Zelda game with 2D sidescrolling action, which is perfect for those who like retro games. The graphics were advanced for their time, but it’s not an open-world game like many of the more recent Zelda games, and people who prefer that type of game may not enjoy it as much.

The Storyline

A Link to the Past Game Overview

Within three days, Hyrule and its dark counterpart world, the Land of Evil, will be turned upside down. The villain, Agahnim, has come to break the sages’ seal on the Sacred Realm, where he plans to seize control of both worlds. His first step is to eliminate the seven descendants of the seven sages who sealed away Ganon many years ago. One by one, he tricks them into revealing their names and then kidnaps them. Link is the heir to this land’s greatest hero, but he never even knew his real name, let alone that he was a direct descendant of the seven sages!

He awakens in his house to find all the guards and townsfolk gone or turned into stone. Armed with only a lowly shield, a sword, and a lantern, he travels through the only open passage in town towards the castle.

Hyrule is a world of vast distances and rich tapestry in this kingdom. In your quest to halt Agahnim’s conquest of both worlds, you must travel from secluded mountain ranges and hidden dungeons to thick forests and decayed wastelands. The task before you will be more than challenging, but the only hope of saving both worlds rests in your hands.

The Gameplay

Link’s primary weapon is his sword. He can swing it to defeat enemies or use its magical properties to shoot beams at distant objects. Link collects ammunition for his sword in the form of rubies which enemies occasionally drop. There are a total of eight items he can use in his quest, including the slingshot, bombs, and the bow and arrow.

The dungeons in this game are an innovative feature that makes up a large portion of the gameplay. There are nine dungeons that Link must conquer to meet his objectives. Each dungeon has a unique theme and a new item within to collect. For example, the first level is dark and has a maze-like environment where Link must use a candle to light his way through the darkness. The boss of this stage is Aquamentus, who shoots fireballs from its mouth at Link as he tries to aim his sword at it. Once you defeat the boss, you can get the necessary blade to defeat Ganon. Collecting all of the items in each dungeon is incredibly challenging because most dungeons require specific techniques like jumping, hanging on ledges, and shifting sands (where Link falls slowly but cannot climb back out).

A unique feature of A Link to the Past is that there are two worlds. Link can use the magic mirror to help him on his quest, but only in the dark world will he be able to get all of the items necessary to complete his journey. The mirror is an exciting element that gives this game a unique feel.

The graphics are beautiful and surprisingly detailed, considering they are outdated by today’s standards. In my personal opinion, I think the pictures bring out the quality of the game. The music is also perfect and matches well with each environment Link encounters.


Link is the main character of the game. He must conquer many dungeons to go on his quest and stop Agahnim’s evil plan. Link is one of the few representatives of the Hylian people who are left after Agahnim destroys most of this civilization.

He lives with his uncle in a house near Hyrule Castle Town. His Uncle and his friends and neighbors are turned to stone by Agahnim’s curse.

Link is the only kid in town who was not affected by this spell because he stayed inside during that time (he had a cold). Groose, Zelda, Impa

Princess Zelda is one of the descendants of the seven sages. She is named after the first sage by tradition, and her real name remains unknown.

She is kidnapped early in this game by Agahnim’s servants, who intend to sacrifice all seven maidens with Zelda as their leader. Her hair color is blonde (white), like Ganon’s hair at the end of the game.

Ganon is the primary enemy in this game. He has obtained the Triforce of Power and seeks to bring the remaining two pieces using dark magic. Ganon was not always so evil. He played an essential role in allowing Link to obtain Zelda’s part of the Triforce, but he was tricked and manipulated by Agahnim.

Ilia is a character in this game that is very important to the story, but you only meet her at the beginning. She has extensive memory and is loyal to Zelda and Link (she is not seen or mentioned after getting turned into a bird). I like to think that she was initially intended as a love interest for Link (but I’m not sure).

Talo and his father live in Kakariko Village. Since Talo is the only child, he looks up to Link as an older brother. The family is full of orphans since most of Hyrule’s population has been turned stone by Agahnim’s curse. Talo is captured by the soldiers of Hyrule but is rescued by Link later on in the story.

Gampha is a wise man that lives in Kakariko Village. He has been turned to stone and asks for Link’s help more than once during his adventure. His son was also turned to stone, and you can find him digging in the graveyard. Link can save Gampha by returning his son’s tears to him.

Sheikah is a race of people who live in Hyrule (or, instead, they lived there before Agahnim cursed them all). It was believed that they were extinct for many generations, but it turns out that they were hiding underground in Kakariko Village.

They play an essential role in the legend, choosing maidens for each piece of the Triforce and protecting them until the chosen person is old enough to use it. They also guard all three parts of the Triforce at once (thus their name) since they are mighty.

It is important to note that there are 2 Sheikah tribes (the other tribe is featured in the Wind Waker game). One tribe guards the Triforce of Courage and has blue eyes, while the other tribe defends the Triforce of Wisdom and has red eyes. Interesting…

Impa once served as a member of the Sheikah tribe. Still, because she helped Zelda after Agahnim killed all her other guards (he ordered them to sleep forever), he cursed her to live like an ordinary woman until someone destined to rule Hyrule appeared. Her memory was also erased.

However, Impa has dedicated her life to protecting Princess Zelda and Link by training them in various arts, such as archery and sword fighting.


Some of the most critical weapons in A Link to the Past are the Master Sword and the Hookshot. The Master Sword is important because it can kill almost any enemy in just one hit, except for bosses, of course. Also, if Link takes damage while carrying this sword, it will lose its power and must recharge before Link can use it again.

The Master Sword is a magical blade that can only be used by pure heart and muscular body. It also has the power to repel evil creatures, which comes in handy when Link needs to fight his way through Hyrule Castle after Agahnim turned most of its inhabitants into stone.

It is said that the Master Sword was forged from a single piece of steel that fell from the heavens. It’s found in a pedestal inside Hyrule Castle, but Link must use some help to reach it first (he discovers a secret entrance on his second trip). Once he pulls the Master Sword out of its pedestal, it glows brightly and makes its new home in Link’s hand.

The Hookshot is a handy item because it allows Link to travel over dangerous terrain (such as pits or lava). It can also be used as a weapon against enemies, but only if there is something nearby for the Hookshot to latch onto (for example, most enemies will die after being slammed into the wall with this item).

Link is given the Hookshot by an older man living in Kakariko Village after helping him reunite his pet Cucco with its lover.

The Hookshot allows Link to pull himself to certain areas and pull things towards him. It can be used as a weapon to defeat enemies, but this is unwise because it will not restore any lost health if you kill an enemy with it.


The bosses are very challenging in this game, starting with Aquamentus at the beginning to Ganon near the end. The different enemies Link encounters include Gibdos (mummies), Octoroks (octopuses), and Leevers (worms).

These enemies are tough to defeat by just swinging at them with your sword. It is much easier to use slingshots, bombs, or other items to kill these enemies.


A Link to the Past has many dungeons that are complex and challenging. Many levels have new items that Link must collect to progress through the game, but getting these items is not always easy. The dungeons in this game have exciting themes, such as ice and water. In the Ice Palace, Link has to collect blue fire from torches to melt the pathway ahead of him to progress further into the dungeon. Another new item you must get in several dungeons is the Pegasus Boots (which allow Link to dash). One of the most frustrating and difficult dungeons is Turtle Rock, which has moving platforms and a small maze-like environment.

Piece of Heart

There are a total of 16 Pieces of Heart scattered throughout Hyrule. Link is rewarded with a Heart Container at the end of every dungeon. But if he collects four Pieces of Heart (he can get these either by asking people or breaking pots), then he gets an extra Heart Container, thus giving him five containers that can be used to store heart points. A full heart container restores one heart point to the meter at the top of the screen.

Heart Containers

The object of this game is to collect as many heart points as possible and complete all the dungeons so you can save Princess Zelda from Agahnim and Ganon. There are 20 Heart containers in all, and each one completely restores Link’s health meter. When Link first begins the game, he has only three hearts.

Magic Meter & Magic Powder

The Magic Meter refills itself slowly, but it can also be filled (and then kept full) by using potions such as the Blue and Red Potions. The magic powder is crucial for defeating many enemies throughout the game because it changes them into a different form. For example, if Link sprinkles some magic powder on a Gibdo, it will become an older man.

The Magic Powder can be bought from the witch in Kakariko Village after giving her a skull (which is found near the lake). She asks Link to give it to her as a sign of courage because she feels he looks “strong.”

Blue & Red Potion

The Blue and Red potion is handy because it refills Link’s magic meter more quickly than letting it fill naturally. These potions can be bought from the witch in Kakariko Village after giving her a skull (which is found near the lake). She asks Link to give it to her as a sign of courage because she feels he looks “strong.”

Skulls and Bomb Bags

The skulls can be found in almost all the dungeons. It is essential to collect these and give them to the witch in Kakariko Village, who asks Link to give them to her as a sign of courage because she feels he looks “strong.” The skulls are crucial for getting the Red and Blue Potions.

There are 50 bombs in this game, but they can also be bought from any merchant (for 50 rupees). They should be used to destroy rocks that block Link’s path. Sometimes these rocks can only be crushed by using a bomb, thus making them very useful throughout the game.

Game Inspirations

A Link to the Past has been one of my favorite games ever since I was a child. Many elements in this game are inspired by other video games, such as Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The dungeons especially resemble those found in Super Mario 64 because they involve jumping from platform to platform and using many of the same items found in that game.


If you like A Link to the Past, you may want to try some of these other games.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

This addition to the Zelda franchise is one of the most acclaimed video games ever created. It has been called a masterpiece by many people, partly because it was one of the first 3D Zelda games. It features a completely open world in which Link can do whatever he wants. It is also one of the first games that allow you to influence the outcome of the storyline by performing certain actions or not performing others.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

This link between worlds heralds a return to the original 2D top-down view found in A Link to the Past. Instead of taking place in Hyrule like most Zelda games, this one takes place in a version of Hyrule that has been “repainted.”

Super Mario Bros 2

This is the only official (non-pirate) sequel to the original Super Mario Bros., so it is a must-play for anyone who likes Mario and/or Zelda. It is a very interesting game because you can choose which character you want to be.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

This sequel diverged from the original Zelda in many ways, but it still has several elements that link it to A Link to the Past, such as the dark-world concept and the inclusion of a magic meter.


If you’ve never played A Link to the Past, here are some frequently asked questions that may help you understand more.

Question: What is the Game Like?

Answer: It’s an action-adventure game with some RPG elements, where you explore dungeons and fight enemies while trying to collect all of the Heart Containers. You also try to save Princess Zelda from Agahnim and Ganon.

Question: What are the Controls Like?

Answer: It’s a 2D sidescroller, which means you move from side to side, and there is a big boss at the end of every dungeon. Depending on what weapon you have equipped, you can use an attack button that lets you swing your sword or shoot arrows. You also can crouch, look around with your bow/slingshot, pull levers, and talk to NPCs.

Question: What is the Storyline of the Game?

Answer: You are Link, who explores dungeons while trying to save Zelda from Agahnim. You eventually meet up with him in a dark world where he takes over Zelda’s body after being defeated by you. The final battle begins when Ganon shows up to fight you for Zelda’s body after Agahnim gets killed by Link.

Question: What Other Video Games has this Game Inspired?

Answer: A Link Between Worlds and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess were heavily influenced by A Link To The Past and Super Mario 64 because all three of these games have a similar style and layout.

Question: Which Consoles Feature A Link to the Past?

Answer: There are four: the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Game Boy Advance, the Wii Virtual Console, and the Nintendo 3DS. A Link to the Past was originally released on the Super Nintendo. Subsequent versions of the game were made available on the Game Boy Advance, Wii Virtual Console, and 3DS.

Final Thoughts

A Link to the Past is a challenging game that requires a lot of patience and problem-solving skills. It can be frustrating at times, but it’s entirely worth it when you finally solve a particularly challenging puzzle. This is a game that I would recommend to people of all ages who want an intelligent, entertaining challenge that the whole family can enjoy.

More related overviews:

Ocarina of Time Game Overview

Twilight Princess Game Overview

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