Mixed or average reviews - based on 73 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 73
  2. Negative: 2 out of 73
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  1. Oct 27, 2015
    Triforce Heroes is a fantastic Zelda experience that combines the hectic nature of Super Mario Bros.
  2. Oct 21, 2015
    It looks fantastic, it plays exactly how it should, and there’s plenty of both material and challenges to keep playing for a long time. The Colosseum might be underwhelming, and the picture-taking stuff is basic, but the rest is damn fun.
  3. Oct 21, 2015
    Even with the focus on multiplayer, this is an adventure that is just as enjoyable for lone heroes, especially for those who fancy a challenge.
  4. Oct 21, 2015
    The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is a good game, has a sensational soundtrack, great puzzles, entertaining combat and cooperative gameplay that hooks everybody. However, it's also too simple, the difficulty is not well adjusted and it's far from being innovative.
  5. Oct 20, 2015
    The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes takes an original concept and takes it everywhere you want it to go. There is plenty of fun for three players, but the experiences takes a hit when you go at it alone. Recommended for all 3DS owners.
  6. CD-Action
    Jan 12, 2016
    Despite being a low budget game built with assets from A Link Between Worlds, Tri Force Heroes is a great Zelda designed for co-op. [13/2015, p.74]
  7. Pelit (Finland)
    Jan 4, 2016
    A nice three player co-op action game. It's not an adventure, since the levels are small and sequential. The puzzles are a bit too repetitive, though. [Nov 2015]
  8. Nov 17, 2015
    It may be a bit overly simplistic at times when traditional Zelda fans come into it, and the single player can be a bit boring with micromanaging each Link, but if players can find some friends to play either online or locally, there’s some great fun to be had, especially if you allow the crafting bug to bite you.
  9. Nov 9, 2015
    Very well designed multiplayer Zelda experience. Online and especially local multiplayer are incredibly fun. Do not waste your time if you are planning to play alone though.
  10. Nov 3, 2015
    The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes can occasionally get tedious when playing alone, but the multiplayer is one of the greatest handheld co-op experiences around.
  11. Oct 23, 2015
    TLoZ: Tri-force Heroes is better than we expected... when played with friends. If you're going to play with people you know, you'll find a great coop experience. Alone or with unknown people, it's not that enjoyable.
  12. Oct 23, 2015
    Tri Force Heroes is a clever and extremely funny multiplayer game for a local bunch of heroes wannabe. It's a shame that its online mode lacks the voice chat. Also: the single player campaign can be really boring at times.
  13. Oct 21, 2015
    Tri Force Heroes combines the best of the Zelda series (well-designed dungeons, interesting puzzles, challenging boss fights…) in a multiplayer and strong cooperative game. It lacks interest on storytelling and we miss more activities to do, but it's still a very recommended and enjoyable entry in the franchise.
  14. Oct 21, 2015
    The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is a fun co-op adventure that's best played with two friends.
  15. Nov 2, 2015
    It's a price to pay for sticking to their guns, but honestly, if games like Destiny can get away with subjecting players to hard limits without taking a beating, I don't see why Nintendo isn't allowed the same permission for what's ultimately a rewarding experience. Nintendo deserves, if anything, some recognition for what Tri Force Heroes accomplishes when requirements are met.
  16. Oct 26, 2015
    The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is a must have if you have two more friends to enjoy it. Its great game mechanics and stunning level design, makes it an amazing addition to your 3DS collection. Do not play it in solo mode, this title doesn’t work that way.
  17. Nov 7, 2015
    There’s plenty of content to be found in Tri Force Heroes, with a healthy set of stages that – despite its clear multiplayer leanings – are still fun to play through on your own. It’s blatantly never going to rival the Ocarinas or Wind Wakers of the world, but as a game for Zelda fans to get stuck into while they wait for the next main event, it’s an excellent stop-gap.
  18. Nov 2, 2015
    The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is a game that’s far better than its shackles allow it to be. Even as hampered as it is by online chicanery and distinctly “Nintendo” hassles, it’s still a great deal of fun and one of the best handheld online adventures you could undertake. It just requires some patience to get working, with a reward that’s well worth it...Also, come on… it’s gay as hell. And I kind of love that.
  19. Oct 29, 2015
    Clever puzzles, fun boss fights and crazy costumes make for a charming and enjoyable experience. However, there are too many things that can go wrong to easily recommend the game to those who may not have a dedicated group of local friends to play with.
  20. Oct 28, 2015
    It might all sound like light hearted fun on paper, and it largely is, but once you get into the dungeons themselves, this is pure Zelda (albeit with a twist).
  21. Oct 27, 2015
    Not your usual Zelda game, that's for sure, but still brilliant when it comes to level design, and extremely fun if played online or with friends. It has some limitations, but it's still a bright example of good level design. Singleplayer is the only weakness of this Zelda game, since it doesn't work as well as the co-op component.
  22. Oct 26, 2015
    There’s no denying that this thing serves up big heaping piles of fun.
  23. Oct 25, 2015
    Nintendo has once again managed to take a series that we all know and love, tell us that they’re going to do something unthinkable to its formula, and somehow have us walk away not hating it.
  24. Oct 22, 2015
    With three players it's huge fun, albeit a bit too drab in the long run. Singleplayer on the other hand is a test in patience for masochists. All in all a great multiplayer Zelda.
  25. Oct 21, 2015
    A slightly different Zelda game that delivers a funny and frantic multiplayer experience. Unbalanced in single player but still recommended for beginners and seasoned players.
  26. Oct 21, 2015
    When it comes down to it, it's the communication and that sense of shared success that makes Triforce Heroes such a joyous and satisfying release.
  27. Oct 21, 2015
    The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force is quite a good game even if some puzzles seem well-known for veteran players. A very nice game indeed.
  28. Oct 21, 2015
    Zelda does definitely work as a co-op multiplayer game, assuming you can find suitably competent allies, in this fun and charming spin-off.
  29. Oct 20, 2015
    The costumes are an evolution of the masks of Majora's and provide new features for the traditional Zelda puzzles. It's fun to play, but things like the unbalanced single player and the deficient communication between players keep it from being outstanding.
  30. Oct 21, 2015
    Played alone it can be a chore, but with a group of friends or like-minded people, Tri Force heroes is inventive and fun; wonderfully distilled co-operative take on the Legend of Zelda.
  31. Nov 19, 2015
    A fantastic game for playing with friends, but not a game for loners.
  32. Oct 26, 2015
    It's a game made for cooperative play, in the end. It might change the missions' structure when you turn to single-player, but it won't be able to offer the same depth other games can. Still, if you have friends to play with, this will be a nice experience.
  33. 75
    If you’re looking for some fun and hectic gaming moments with your friends then Triforce Heroes along with its clever puzzles, fun visuals and beautiful soundtrack is sure to please. For those interested in the game because of its Zelda association just be prepared for a less fulfilling experience than you’re used to.
  34. Power Unlimited
    Nov 3, 2015
    This is quite a good Zelda, especially if you like to team up with other players. If that isn’t exactly your thing, you’d better skip this one. [Sept. 2015, p. 068]
  35. Oct 28, 2015
    Fun but lacking in depth, the co-op dungeon crawling action of Tri Force Heroes does not fail to amuse in local play, but is totally dreadful for the loners. A fine game, but at the end of the day it doesn't offer much.
  36. Oct 28, 2015
    Tri Force Heroes offers some fun new features, but gameplay-wise it is simply not dynamic and refined enough. This game definitely does not feel like a full-on Zelda game, but more a fun spin-off.
  37. Oct 28, 2015
    The game has its flaws, but when the elements come together this is an amazing Zelda-title that mixes in the best things out of Four Swords. Working together is fun, but it does get boring after a while. To be frank, the matchmaking is bad, there are connectivity issues and this causes so much frustration that it ruins the rest of the game.
  38. Oct 26, 2015
    Tri Force Heroes shines in local multiplayer, but the main storyline is no way as interesting as it should be. Extra missions are a great add; fun and nice with friends but not so much interesting alone.
  39. Oct 21, 2015
    The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes isn't the definitive co-op Zelda experience, but is a fun and entertaining game with two friends on your team.
  40. Oct 21, 2015
    Tri Force Heroes is a lot of fun when you’re playing with friends, but make sure you have two buddies who can dedicate some time. The experience just isn’t as engaging when you’re alone, and you lose a lot of the social elements when you play with strangers over the Internet.
  41. Oct 21, 2015
    Tri Force Heroes does co-op well, but the repetitive gameplay loop simply isn’t satisfying.
  42. Dec 10, 2015
    Classic Zelda puzzle-dungeons in a simple, in-and-out format.
  43. Games Master UK
    Dec 1, 2015
    Uneven but occasionally inspired, this multiplayer jaunt is ultimately a minor entry in the franchise. [Dec 2015, p.68]
  44. Dec 1, 2015
    Quotation forthcoming.
  45. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Nov 30, 2015
    Tri Force Heroes is hit-or-miss depending on how you play it, but overall it's an adventure worth experiencing. [Issue #18 – November/December 2015, p.70]
  46. Nov 2, 2015
    The puzzles are well implemented, but nonetheless it would have worked wonders if Nintendo had given more time to TriForce Heroes in order to polish the gem that’s hiding under the surface.
  47. 70
    An enjoyable multiplayer Zelda experience, but one that has trouble holding up too well over the long haul.
  48. 70
    There are glimpses of a fantastic game in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, but you'll have to play under specific circumstances in order to experience it.
  49. Clearly, The Legend of Zelda: TriForce Heroes isn’t going to stand among the greatest Zelda games. Instead, it will go down as one of the more experimental entries Nintendo’s decades-old series. And without much of a story, franchise fans who opt to skip it really won’t be missing much.
  50. Oct 28, 2015
    It’s a silly game with an equally-silly concept, but Nintendo somehow does just enough to make it work, if not excel.
  51. Oct 25, 2015
    Because it is based on co-operative gameplay Tri Force heroes does not stand as a good game if you are playing it on your own, but shines when you have some good company -locally or online.
  52. Oct 23, 2015
    This 'interlude' between bigger Zelda games can be really engaging at times, but it's not very satisfying when playing solo, and the lack of decent communications system is sometimes a problem.
  53. Oct 21, 2015
    "One for three, and three for one" looks like a great motto, but the quest of Tri Force Heroes is only accomplished when all those Links align together - physically.
  54. Oct 21, 2015
    The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes follows the footsteps of Four Swords Adventures and brings forth a very well designed multiplayer experience, whether local or online, and a significant degree of challenge, even for experienced players. While it seems odd that a Zelda title dispenses with the eponymous princess and with Link, Tri Force Heroes does its job in an irrepressible manner.
  55. Oct 21, 2015
    Tri Force Heroes can be a thrill when played with a group of three friends. But try playing it solo or with just one pal, and things might not be so fun.
  56. Oct 21, 2015
    It may have the character, control and theme down to a tee, but the dungeon design is nowhere near as tight as those from the main franchise.
  57. Oct 21, 2015
    Fun, but a little shallow.
  58. Oct 21, 2015
    I would outright suggest that you avoid Tri Force Heroes if you plan on going at it alone. The good news is that the online portion works wonderfully, and with download play, you can get a local three-person game running up in no time. If you don't fit that criteria though, you can probably pass on Link's newest adventure.
  59. Oct 21, 2015
    A playful co-op experience that shines with mates, but isn’t as precise or polished as a mainline Zelda.
  60. Jan 22, 2016
    A hard game to dislike, but equally hard to love.
  61. Oct 27, 2015
    If you’re a stalwart fan with a pair of dedicated friends, you will likely have a pleasant time with the game’s puzzles and combat, but it’s hard to recommend this game to anyone that hasn’t already sought the Triforce for a much more admirable purpose.
  62. Nov 18, 2015
    Despite its good intentions and ocassional co-op fun, Tri Force Heroes lacks the depth — and charm — we’ve come to expect from the franchise.
  63. Edge Magazine
    Nov 7, 2015
    We've seen so many of these puzzles before. [Dec 2015, p.121]
  64. Nov 1, 2015
    The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is a disappointing entry in the long-running series.
  65. Oct 26, 2015
    A game that leaves you wanting more, for better or worse. You want more loot, or at least confirmation that when you go through the same tedious level again, you'll find exactly the item you need waiting at the end. You want more of a balanced challenge, with a single player that feels like it could be handled alone or a multiplayer that performs perfectly under any condition and is worth replaying. Most importantly, you want a real reason to keep returning to the game and not just a prospect of a pretty new look for the Link-alike.
  66. Oct 21, 2015
    Tri Force Heroes isn't a bad game, but it's not on the same level as its illustrious predecessors.
  67. Oct 21, 2015
    Tri Force Heroes is a Zelda game in name only. When you dig just past the surface, poor gameplay mechanics and key missing elements for a Zelda title tarnish what is otherwise a serviceable adventure game.
  68. Nov 5, 2015
    It’s worth a play, but this is a rare Zelda game that will leave most fans underwhelmed.
  69. Apr 26, 2016
    Caters to hardcore Zelda fans who want to pass the time while waiting for the next full breed Zelda-entry: The Legend of Zelda WiiU. It has moments of fun puzzle experiences, but it requires you to have 1-2 good friends you can go on a local network.
  70. Oct 29, 2015
    Tri Force Heroes isn't a bad game, but it's not a great one either. It feels more like an apology from Nintendo for delaying Zelda Wii U to 2016. A lack of polish and depth holds the experience back and there's very little reason to replay anything once you're done the first time around.
  71. Oct 21, 2015
    But like its story of fashion and surface appeal, there’s not much depth here, and the facade fades with time. Tri Force Heroes offers us the means to work together, but not enough reason to do so.
  72. Dec 11, 2015
    But Heroes’s oddest design choice is surely its violation of a Zelda tradition since time immemorial (i.e. 1986): Link can’t jump.
  73. Oct 26, 2015
    Nintendo had a fantastic idea with Tri Force Heroes, but the premise is underserved and undermined by some fundamental design issues and shaky online infrastructure. It's nothing short of a tragedy to wait a whole decade for another multiplayer Zelda and receive what feels like a largely unfinished idea with great potential.
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  1. Dec 9, 2015
    Despite the Zelda name, Triforce Heroes feels more like an uneven spin-off than a core part of the franchise’s storied legacy. The frequent hopping between difficult combat and relatively straightforward three-man puzzles feels a bit disjointed and empty without the series’ usual sense of adventure and advancement. Still, if you have a couple of friends who want to goof off with their 3DS systems in tow, you could do worse.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 238 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 238
  1. Oct 27, 2015
    Play it with friends in person its a 9-10.
    Play it with friends online and its a 8-9
    Play it with good strangers online and its a solid 8
    Play it with friends in person its a 9-10.
    Play it with friends online and its a 8-9
    Play it with good strangers online and its a solid 8
    Play it with trolls and laggy idiots online and its a 6-7
    Play it alone and the game is at its worst and around a 6

    Its as simple as that people, stop grading this game based on when it is at its worst. its a good solid Zelda game with nice dungeons, a neat little story and a very nice little hub world filled with nice characters. What makes this game good or bad is your tolerance for people. (and I love people so I am giving it a 9)
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  2. Oct 24, 2015
    A multiplayer gimmicky spin-off of one of the greatest video game series ever ? Ahahah, silly Nintendo. What are they going to announce next ?A multiplayer gimmicky spin-off of one of the greatest video game series ever ? Ahahah, silly Nintendo. What are they going to announce next ? A multiplayer gimmicky chibi/football version of Metroid ? Ahah... Ah... Aaaaah... Full Review »
  3. Oct 31, 2015
    I love the 4 swords series, and this game is the biggest let down. I would only recommend it for local 3 player game play. Anything else isI love the 4 swords series, and this game is the biggest let down. I would only recommend it for local 3 player game play. Anything else is garbage.

    Not the right stage? someone is quitting.
    disconnects end stage for all players.

    Someone losing obv in colisseum? they quit, cancelling the fight.

    Someone has infinitely better equipment? they will destroy you 9 out of 10 in coliseum.

    awkward puzzle mechanic makes you look like your griefing? someone quit.

    complicated puzzle? use 6 emojis to explain:
    hey there's a water flower down here.
    hey you two need to be on thst side of the balance beam, me and the statue balance the weight.
    everyone stay on the water at all times or we will lose.
    Hey totEm and stay where those hearts are, too many people getting hit for this boss.

    this could have been done 100000000 times better. Literally remaking 4 swords with random joining, no ending on quit would be perfect.

    The friendship teamwork garbage is also literally the OPPOSITE of successful 4 swords.

    That said, it's online link to the Past battling, something much desired for decade+.

    it's a must play for fans, but you will have a bad time if 2 friends don't also have it.
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