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Games Like Zelda to Scratch Your Adventure Itch

Games Like Zelda

As a diehard Zelda fan, I’ve finally hit the trifecta of emotions: love, frustration, and boredom. Don’t get me wrong; the Zelda games still offer impressive gameplay and immersive worlds. But after years of playing the same formulaic game with the same types of enemies and puzzles, it’s like I’m stuck in the Lost Woods and can’t find my way out!

It’s almost as if I’m in a never-ending game of Groundhog Day, but instead of reliving the same day, I’m reliving the same game. At this point, I’d trade my Ocarina for a new gaming experience that doesn’t involve rescuing Princess Zelda yet again. If you’ve suddenly found yourself in the same boat as me, I have good news! Here are eleven games just like Zelda that you can try out today.

1. Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact

Ah, Genshin Impact, the game that first made me forget all about Zelda…for about two days, but still. This is one of only two entries in this list that aren’t on the Switch but still absolutely deserve a mention. The gameplay in Genshin is like a breath of fresh air – you get a similarly vast open world that’s like a mix between Skyrim and Studio Ghibli, and it’s filled with so many things according to however you’re feeling at the time.

Oh, and it might seem very lighthearted, but there’s combat too, and it’s fast-paced and flashy with elemental magic that feels like a cross between Harry Potter and Avatar. Plus, the gacha system for getting new characters and items is sorta like gambling, but without the shame or crippling debt! In comparison to Zelda, it’s like upgrading from an old, battle-worn sword to a shiny new lightsaber. Sorry Link, but I’m trading in my Master Sword for a chance to summon waifus and husbandos!

If that all sounds interesting enough to try, you can do so on a whole bunch of platforms, including PC, PlayStation, and Phone!

2. A Short Hike

A Short Hike

The best part of A Short Hike for me is that it’s the perfect game for when you’re feeling lazy and just want to take a hike without actually leaving your couch. It’s like a warm, comforting blanket that wraps you up and says, “Hey, take a chill pill and enjoy the scenery.”

I don’t know about you, but that’s part of what drew me into playing Zelda at the start too! Speaking of Zelda, A Short Hike shares some of the same exploration and puzzle-solving elements as our long-time favorite game, but it’s a much smaller and more contained experience. Think of it more as a cozy little cottage in the woods, while Zelda is like a sprawling mansion with many rooms to explore!

And let’s face it, after hours of hacking and slashing in Zelda; we could all use a little R&R. A Short Hike felt a lot like a nice, soothing massage for a brain (a disturbing but calming image), with just the right amount of exploration and puzzle-solving to keep you engaged without feeling overwhelmed. If you’re feeling like going on a gaming adventure that’s all about not putting in any effort, A Short Hike is waiting for you on Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

3. Anodyne

Anodyne

Anodyne is a really fun game because it’s a charming and quirky adventure that’s full of surprises at every turn! The game’s retro graphics and whimsical music create a unique and immersive world that’s both nostalgic and fresh, and it pairs that with puzzles and combat that are challenging but never frustrating. Plus, I absolutely love the fact that it rewards exploration and experimentation! There’s nothing worse than being forced into a singular way of playing your favorite game.

But what really sets Anodyne apart is its surreal and dreamlike storytelling, which keeps you guessing and engaged from start to finish. It’s like playing a game inside a Salvador Dali painting, and you never know what weird and wonderful thing you’ll encounter next!

Us Zelda fans would definitely appreciate Anodyne’s blend of exploration, puzzle-solving, and combat. It shares many of the same elements that make Zelda games so beloved but with a unique and offbeat twist. If you’re a fan of the old-school 2D Zelda games like A Link to the Past, then you’ll feel right at home in Anodyne’s strange and wonderful world! To take the plunge into the rabbit hole, you’ll need a Switch, PlayStation, or Xbox.

4. Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion

Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion

Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is every bit as funny as its name suggests! The game’s humor is quirky and irreverent, with plenty of absurd situations and wacky characters. Oh, and it also strikes the perfect balance – it takes itself just seriously enough to keep you invested in the story but not so much that you can’t laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. Plus, the fact that you play as a turnip who’s committing tax evasion is just too hilarious to ignore!

We’ll look at the core gameplay in terms of similarities to Zelda – Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion has a similar top-down perspective and a combat system that’s captured the hearts of so many. It also features puzzles and secrets to discover, as well as a variety of weapons and items to collect, but the game’s world is much smaller and more contained than a typical Zelda game, and the game’s focus is more on humor and satire than an epic adventure.

In many ways, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion takes what Zelda does so great, adds a bunch of spices and herbs, and puts a completely unique spin on things! The result is an absolutely lovable game, and you can try it out for yourself on Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and more.

5. Okami HD

Okami HD

You might be wondering, like me, why it’s called Okami HD. Well, the answer is a bit disappointingly obvious – it’s called “HD” because it’s a remastered version of the original game that was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2006. Don’t get me wrong, though; it definitely makes a huge difference in the overall experience you get from this game, especially with modern standards of what games should look like.

The game has been updated with high-definition graphics and improved performance to make it look and play better on modern consoles. The game’s beautiful cel-shaded art style and fluid animation look especially stunning in high definition, giving new meaning to the phrase ‘old is gold.’

Now, let’s get to Okami’s similarities to Zelda! Okami HD shares many of the same elements that we’ve all come to love so much in Zelda games. First off, it’s an action-adventure game that’s set in a vast and beautiful world that’s full of secrets and mysteries to uncover. On top of that, there’s the combat system which is fluid and satisfying and lets you choose from a truckload of weapons and abilities to unlock and upgrade!

The best part of Okami, at least for me, is its puzzle-solving and exploration, which also come with a variety of side quests and mini-games to keep you engaged. Couple that with the unique and charming Japanese mythology-inspired storyline and characters; this game was always bound to be my new favorite! If you’re convinced to get your weeb on with this fantastical game, you can buy it today on PC, PlayStation, Switch, and Xbox.

6. Sable

Sable

Sable is another lovable indie game that wraps a cozy blanket around your heart, much like A Short Hike from earlier in the list. Also, I absolutely cannot get enough of its hand-drawn art style – it is so gorgeous it’ll make you want to frame every screenshot you take and hang it on your wall!

Then there’s the atmospheric soundtrack that’ll lull you into a state of relaxed bliss, even as you’re scaling towering cliffs and gliding through the air like a majestic falcon. If only real life could be as blissfully majestic as this, I’d actually go out and touch some grass!

As a Zelda fan, you’ll love Sable’s world of exploration and discovery. But instead of wielding a sword and shield, you’ll be armed with a sense of wonder and a trusty hoverbike that’ll take you to ancient ruins where you solve puzzles and uncover secrets. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a modern-day Indiana Jones, this is your chance!

Along the way, you’ll meet the game’s cast of quirky and charming characters who’ll absolutely steal your heart and make you laugh more than you’d ever expect from a game like this. So, if you’re looking for a game that’s like a warm hug from a friendly giant, then Sable is the perfect choice for you. Available for purchase on PlayStation, PC, and Xbox.

7. Nobody Saves the World

Nobody Saves the World

Nobody Saves the World is an awesome game that’s all about transformation and adventure! In the game, you play as a nobody (nobody saves the world) who is tasked with saving the world from destruction, a very natural combination, as you can imagine. Now, to save the world, you have to transform into different forms with unique abilities and solve puzzles, and that’s how you progress through the game.

Nobody Saves the World isn’t exactly like Zelda, but there are definitely some similarities in the game’s exploration and combat mechanics that earn it a place on this list. However, what really sets Nobody Saves the World apart, in my opinion, is its creative and unique take on the RPG genre. With tons of forms to transform into, each with their own abilities and play styles, the game always keeps things fresh and exciting!

Of course, nobody’s looking for a Zelda clone over here, and as far as new RPG adventure games go, this is one that’s full of surprises and challenges! You can play the game on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation.

8. Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter

The name of the game here refers to the game’s protagonist, a mysterious traveler who wields a powerful energy sword and explores a visually stunning and atmospheric world. Now, when I say visually stunning, I mean it, and you absolutely have to see it for yourself. It’s an action-packed adventure game that’s all about exploration, combat, and uncovering the mysteries of a beautiful and haunting world!

The game features a stunning pixel-art style that really draws you in and immerses you in its world. Coupled with that, the combat is fast-paced and satisfying, with a wide variety of weapons and abilities that you can use to take down enemies and bosses.

In terms of gameplay, we’re coming from Zelda, which is more focused on puzzles and adventure, but Hyper Light Drifter is all about the action. It’s like if you took Link and made him do CrossFit, giving him the ability to dash around and dodge enemy attacks like a boss! Plus, Hyper Light Drifter has a darker, more mysterious atmosphere than Zelda, like the goth kid who always sat in the back of the class.

But despite their differences, both games share a love of exploration and a sense of adventure. So, if you’re a fan of Zelda but looking for something with a little more edge, then Hyper Light Drifter might just be your game – available on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch.

9. Eastward

Eastward

Well, you could say that the game Eastward is all about going…eastward! Okay, I’ll see myself out. Seriously, it’s like they named the game after the one thing you absolutely have to do in it! But fear not, because this game is much more than just a geography lesson, thankfully.

The gameplay of Eastward is a unique blend of RPG, puzzle-solving, and 2D action. You play as a mysterious girl named Sam, who travels through a post-apocalyptic world with her gruff companion, John. Together, they fight monsters, solve puzzles, and uncover the secrets of the world around them like a proper dynamic duo.

You can think of the game like Zelda and Fallout having a baby – a baby who loves to go east, for some odd reason. The reason I found it to be similar to Zelda is that both games have a similar top-down view, giving you a bird’s eye perspective of the world.

And just like in Zelda, you’ll need to solve puzzles to progress through the game and defeat powerful bosses. But in Eastward, the puzzles might involve hacking into a computer or navigating through a dangerous underground facility instead of finding a key in a dungeon. If you’re sold on this uniquely amazing indie game, you can give it a try on your nearest Switch or PC.

10. Darksiders

Darksiders

Talking about Darksiders always gets me excited! It’s like the edgier, more hardcore version of Zelda. While Link is running around in his little green tunic, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are out here wrecking shop in a post-apocalyptic wasteland!

Okay, sure, Darksiders is a little on the dark side – we’re talking end-of-the-world, war-between-heaven-and-hell kind of stuff. But that just means the stakes are higher, and the action is even more intense! The combat in Darksiders is epic, with brutal attacks and devastating finishing moves that will leave your enemies quaking in their boots if they still have any.

And just like in Zelda, exploration is key in Darksiders. You’ll need to venture through dangerous dungeons, solve tricky puzzles, and find powerful upgrades in order to take down the game’s tough bosses. Plus, the game has a unique art style that sets it apart from other action-adventure games.

So, while Darksiders might not have the same whimsical charm as Zelda, it’s still a game that’s full of excitement and adventure. It’s like the tough older sibling who’s always got your back, even if they do wear too much black! To play Darksiders, you’ll need a Switch, PC, PlayStation, or Xbox.

11. Immortals Fenyx Rising

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Alrighty, it’s time for the last, but definitely not the least, entry; let’s talk about Immortals Fenyx Rising! It’s a game that takes place in a world of Greek mythology, where you get to play as Fenyx – a mere mortal who becomes a legendary hero on a quest to save the gods. A good old zero-to-hero story; I love it!

The “rising” in the title refers to Fenyx’s journey, as she rises from being just an ordinary mortal to a powerful and heroic figure. Along the way, she battles all sorts of monsters and gains all sorts of cool abilities – kind of like Link, but with a more mythical twist on things.

And speaking of Link, there are a bunch of similarities between Immortals Fenyx Rising and the Zelda series that earned it a spot on this list. For starters, the game is full of puzzles and secrets to uncover, and combat plays a big role in the game’s mechanics, just like in Zelda. But instead of princesses and fairies, you’ll be dealing with gods and monsters from Greek mythology, a lot like God of War.

All in all, I personally found Immortals Fenyx Rising as a really unique and exciting game that’s definitely worth a look if you’re a fan of action-adventure games or, you know, Zelda. To try it out, you can purchase the game on Switch, PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.

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Whew, that’s all for this list of games similar to Zelda. There are a lot of games I found when making this list that took me far from the usual stuff I play. I mean, can you imagine playing a game that’s made just for relaxing? Where’s the part that forces me to grind everything out? On that note, let me know what you think of this list and if there are any games I missed. Until then, I hope you have fun with whichever of these games you choose to try!

Danish Javed

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Danish Javed

Obsessed with everything from Rainbow Six Siege and Valorant to Dota 2 and Rocket League, Danish is a competitive gamer at heart. Committed to creating exciting content about the latest trends in gaming, he is always on the lookout for the next big thing. Learn More

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