29 Games Like Zelda

Games Like Zelda Our collection of games like Zelda brings you a wide collection of action adventure games that play similar to the popular Zelda franchise.

The games in the Zelda series mix a number of elements into a single adventure, including action adventure, puzzle solving and role playing although other genres occasionally make an appearance depending on the title. This mixture of genres and the game flow of Zelda (unlocking additional skills or items to access new areas) has since been replicated many times since the first game.

Gameplay in Zelda is often an action packed experience as Link attempts to rescue the Princess Zelda from a wide variety of villains throughout the series. This generally requires Link to seek out the power of the Triforce, a relic in the Zelda game world.

Exploration, questing and to an extent stealth also form a large portion of the gameplay in the various Legend of Zelda quests. While the games can be completed fairly quickly players are rewarded for exploring the vast game world that Zelda usually offers.

The games like Zelda available on this page provide a great mixture of platforms which opens up plenty of options for fans of the series beyond the Nintendo consoles. In these games you’ll find the action and exploration mix that the Zelda series made popular. This list includes games for all platforms from iOS (iPhone/iPad) to Android, consoles (Xbox/PS) and PC along with games like Zelda: Breadth of the Wild alongside titles similar to the original Zelda games.
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Genshin Impact

Delivering a high quality predominately single player action role playing title with just a dusting of MMO design aesthetics Genshin Impact has a flashy world of colour waiting to explored by players that is full of magic, magic, fantasy and challenge. With it’s high action combat paired with this setting players are in for a dungeon hunting treat as they explore the world by themselves or with up to four players (unlocked after about a dozen hours of gameplay). With elements of the JRPG g...[Read Review]

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Trove

Trove brings the blocky sandbox genre into the MMO arena with an expansive loot based title that mixes two leading game genres. In Trove players will select from several classes which will be your avatar for the adventure filled with making friends, exploring dungeons, enhancing your equipment and even building up your very...[Read Review]

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Okami

Okami is a critically acclaimed Zelda like experience where the player controls a wolf goddess. The game has a very beautiful presentation and feel to its game world that is definitely a unique offering. Okami was originally released on PlayStation 2 and eventually made its way to the Nintendo Wii with a high definition port making the game available across the range of modern platforms. The setting for the game draws heavily from Japanese folklore tales. Players will take control of Amaterasu, ...[Read Review]

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Darksiders

Darksiders is an action adventure game that follows the adventures of War (a horseman of the Apocalypse). The game launched in 2010 for Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation with a sequel two years later. The game draws inspiration from the apocalypse and centres on the war that rages between Hell and Heaven. This struggle since the beginning of time has seen neither side gaining any ground on the other creating an endless and pointless fight for power. The game is set in a world where the apocalyps...[Read Review]

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Darksiders II

Darksiders II offers a high quality hack and slash style RPG that is available on all the major platforms. The game is often praised for its balanced difficulty, role playing features and well-polished gameplay. In this second instalment of Darksiders players once again play as one of the Four Horsemen, this time as Death. The game actually runs during the same time frame as the original game which means you’ll take part in twists and turns from the original game. The story revolves around the e...[Read Review]

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Okamiden

Okamiden is set less than a year after the events of Okami and despite the best efforts of Amaterasu, evil did not stay locked away from the world for long which means a new round of younger adventurers will step forward with their Celestial Brush to rid the land of evil. Instead of the powerful Amatersasu players will adventure with the child Chibiterasu who shares many visual appearances although lacks the in overall power which also serves as a central plot theme. Just like the first adventur...[Read Review]

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Heroes of Loot

Heroes of Loot plays like a classic dungeon crawler but mixes in light RPG, roguelike, multiplayer and pixel graphics into the mix. With the large range of platforms available Heroes of Loot is as flexible as it is fun. In each dungeon crawling attempt players will start by selecting one of the four available characters which fill the usual archetypes. Each has a ranking for strength (damage), magic ability and experience growth rate. On the one hand you have the Elf who offers range and speed w...[Read Review]

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Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale explores an interesting blend of mechanics as you operate your own item shop and attempt to earn the maximum profit while haggling with your customers. On top of this core mechanic though Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale also encourages players to engage in dungeon crawling to obtain a steady flow of items to sell.  Originally released in Japan Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale was translated and brought to Steam in 2010. In Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale you will play ...[Read Review]

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Spiral Knights

Spiral Knights is a co-operative game that draws inspiration from the likes of Zelda while also offering a MMO inspired experience focused on co-operative play. While Spiral Knights was originally available to play in your browser this has been retired given its reliance on Java limiting the game to the downloadable client through the official website or Steam. In Spiral Knights players control their own knight which belongs to the Spiral Knight Order as they explore the planet Cradle and its va...[Read Review]

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Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is a beautifully designed Zelda like adventure for Windows and iOS devices. Featuring a large amount of exploration, various weapons, deep dungeons and plenty of secrets. Players play as a fairly young boy who is left to fend for himself after his father leaves him in an attempt to defeat the sea monster known only as Oceanhorn. Leaving a note and your mother’s necklace players will use them to solve the mystery of Oceanhorn, an epic adventure that span...[Read Review]

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Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter is a fast title available across popular platforms that will rekindle memories of the likes of the Zelda franchise although features combat more in tune with the difficult Dark Souls series. Presentation of story is minimal through words instead the game uses other methods to set the stage for your wandering adventure. The gist is you’ll play as a Drifter, a collector of lost knowledge who is plagued by an unnatural illness and on the hunt through ancient locations to f...[Read Review]

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Secret of Mana

Secret of Mana was originally released in 1993 by Square (now Squire Enix) for the SNES. In 2010 the game was re-released on the iOS platform with very minor changes with Windows and PlayStation releases following several years later. The game mixes elements of Final Fantasy and the Legend of Zelda with other popular role playing features also in the mix. The game has been praised since its release for the variety of its game mechanics including the ring command system, plot, graphics, AI and so...[Read Review]

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The Binding of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac was designed by Edmund McMillen and offers a bizarre action adventure game that is incredibly fun and addicting while also hitting many other check boxes. The game is available through Steam and was released in 2011. In The Binding of Isaac you take on the role of Isaac with the ability to eventually unlock several other playable characters. Isaac flees to the basement after his mother receives a message from God demanding that he be sacrificed. What you find down in the bas...[Read Review]

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Cube World

Cube World stands out in the saturated voxel based game market with its many RPG features and impressive mechanics. Cube World is still in an early public alpha phase but is very much playable and already offers many features. By purchasing the game in its alpha or beta stage you will get a nice discount on the final game price. Getting in early also lets you help shape what will no doubt be an amazing game. The game is being developed by the small indie team known as Picroma. Before reading mor...[Read Review]

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Bastion

Bastion is a unique action RPG developed by the independent game company, Supergiant Games. The game is available on Xbox Live Arcade, Windows, Mac, iOS and is even available on Google Chrome. In Bastion players play a character known as ‘the Kid’ from an isometric angle in a colourful and impressive game world that has plenty of mystery about it. In the game players travel around a floating environment and battle various enemies in order to collect special rock shard cores to reconstruct the Ba...[Read Review]

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3D Dot Game Heroes

3D Dot Game Heroes offers Zelda like gameplay and mixes it with blocky pixelated graphics for your PlayStation 3 console. The game was released in 2009 by Silicon Studio with positive reception from fans of the genre for it’s familiar core gameplay and pixelated presentation. For the adventure ahead 3D Dot Game Heroes follows the story of a hero in the Dotnia Kingdom that has recently been plunged into darkness because of a dark plague. Legend has it that this same event happened centuries...[Read Review]

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Anodyne

Anodyne is a fun adventure that will send you on a nostalgic trip back to the days of your Game Boy Colour. The game is a very Zelda style experience and features a unique world for players to explore. Anodyne was originally released at the start of 2013 on Windows and Mac with Android and iOS releases coming sometime after. The games best experience is definitely on a computer though so if you have the option to play on a computer don’t pass it up. In Anodyne players will explore a quirky and s...[Read Review]

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Ys I & II

Ys I and II is a highly popular Japanese action role playing game that has similar gameplay elements to the Legend of Zelda series. The game first launched in 1989 and has since seen many re-releases and updates. The games in the Ys series follow Adol Christin who loves a good adventure and has a knack for being in the right place at just the right time that has him in the centre of a number of adventures. In Ys I and II Adol is on a quest for the 6 history books of the land which gives him vita...[Read Review]

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Beyond Good and Evil

Beyond Good and Evil is a popular action adventure game that was first released in 2003 for the Xbox, PlayStation 2 and Windows. Its widespread popularity led to a HD remake for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011 which is available on their respective online stores. The game is set in the future on the planet Hillys and offers an interesting mixture of modern day technology, fantasy and sci-fi all rolled into one. Hillys has recently come under attack from a strange race of aliens known as t...[Read Review]

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Kameo: Elements of Power

ameo: Elements of Power brings the power of the elements into an action adventure game allowing players to leverage the different element powers for combat and puzzles. Launched in 2005 for the Xbox 360 and subsequently made available on Xbox One through backwards compatibility Kameo: Elements of Power stands out as one of the more unique puzzle action adventures on Microsoft’s console platform. Kameo: Elements of Power is set in a mythical world and has players assuming the role of Kameo,...[Read Review]

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Effie

Available for PS4 and Windows Effie explores the tale of Galand as he retells it to the next generation in front of warm fire. You’ll find inspiration from platform adventure games of eras long past throughout the gameplay design with platforming, combat, exploration and puzzles featured to various degrees. On one hand it is a return to a simpler time in gaming but comes with a few modern upgrades to make it an attractive 3D platformer for genre fans. Opening with Galand telling the story ...[Read Review]

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Psychonauts

Psychonauts is a unique and beautifully presented game that follows the adventures of Raz, a boy who has powerful psychic abilities. The game has gained a cult like following and is available on numerous platforms. Pyschonauts takes place in a fictional summer camp that acts as a secret training ground for the US government. This training facility is designed to help children with psychic abilities develop their powers and ultimately become Psychonauts (soldiers with psychic abilities). The camp...[Read Review]

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Portal Knights

Focusing on the adventure and survival elements of the Minecraft franchise Portal Knights offers a sandbox multiplayer experience that sees you fighting along friends as you craft items, fight monsters, destroy blocks and construct buildings. Unlike Minecraft though your adventure begins by picking one of the available classes being Warrior, Mage and Ranger which have unique skills and strengths within the game world. Spawning into the tutorial players will become familiar with the third person ...[Read Review]

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Moon Hunters

Live out the legends of the stars in Moon Hunters a game that lets you explore a mythical world of mystery with between 1 and 4 players. While a single game of Moon Hunters will take only a few hours it’s the legacy that you create in each adventure and the hidden secrets that encourage you to start a new journey again and again. It’s a game full of so many mysteries that aren’t apparent at first glance and will require many hero adventures to fully appreciate the gravity of th...[Read Review]

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Dragon Quest Builders

Moving the Dragon Quest franchise into the realm of sandbox Minecraft style gameplay Dragon Quest Builders offers a uniquely satisfying adventure that bridges the RPG with the sandbox genre. Set in the same universe as the original Dragon Quest series (Alefgard) with the world inhabited by a large range of monsters and a settlement needing to be rebuild. Playing your role as the builder you’ll play as the hero that can restore the world to greatness through your ability to build structures...[Read Review]

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Dust: An Elysian Tail

Imagine an offline version of MapleStory, and you’ve got Dust: An Elysian Tail that employs 2D side scrolling mechanics and crisp action role playing to tell the story of Dust. As a warrior without memories who awakes to the darkness of a strange forest Dust begins an adventure to recover his past. Joining you on this journey to discover your origin is the sentient mythical Blade of Ahrah and its guardian, a Nimbat (similar to a fairy creature) named Fidget. Your journey starts at the town of Au...[Read Review]

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Across Age

Zelda fans looking for a way to relive the classic games on their Android devices can now rejoice with Across Age which delivers an impressive classic Zelda like experience. The game also has an Across Age DX version available which bumps up the graphic quality significantly (designed for retina display devices). The game world you’ll get to explore in Across Age has a similar feel to the many action role playing games of times long past (16-bit era). The game world feels like a blast from the p...[Read Review]

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Epic Mickey

Epic Mickey is a platform adventure for the Nintendo Wii that centres on the popular Disney character of Mickey Mouse as he attempts to fix the damaged game world with his magical paintbrush. Eventually leading to a sequel the experience emphasises the usage of paint and paint thinner to directly alter the game world around you which features levels inspired by the range of animations and characters in the Walt Disney universe. While still holding an E for everyone game rating players will find ...[Read Review]

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Evoland

Have you ever stopped to think just how far the adventure video game genre has come? Now you don’t have to think about it because you can play through it in Evoland. In Evoland you’ll go on a journey through the history of video games (in particular action/adventure titles). The game almost feels like going through a history of the Zelda games but also features some Final Fantasy style eras for players to explore and eventually ends up in a similar form to Diablo and other modern day action RPGs...[Read Review]

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