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  • Summary: Prove your worth by fighting through monster-infested dungeons to save the Kingdom of Blossom!
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. NF Magazine
    Feb 26, 2019
    95
    Blossom Tales has enjoyed a lot of success on Switch, and it deserves it all. [Issue #37 – January/February 2019, p. 23]
  2. Dec 21, 2017
    80
    While it may be easy to disregard Blossom Tales as a simple Zelda clone, the amount of charm and effort put into making it wholly unique, while honouring its inspiration, is both admirable and deserving of attention. Its dungeons feature genuinely thought-provoking puzzles, its combat requires a fair amount of strategy, and its story's Princess Bride-like narration lends itself to copious amounts of charismatic story beats. The faux retro graphics won't win over anyone sick of the style and the first impression perhaps relies upon referencing A Link to the Past a bit too much, but Blossom Tales is an incredibly creative and wholesome adventure that knows exactly what it is, even if it isn't entirely original. If nothing else, it's an immensely satisfying scratch for the Switch's 2D action-adventure itch.
  3. Jan 4, 2018
    80
    Blossom Tales might be a bit heavy-handed in its homage to the Zelda games of the past, but it brings a certain charm and fun to the Switch library. It also makes for a pretty good substitute as long as I still can't play A Link to the Past on my Switch.
  4. Jan 18, 2018
    80
    Blossom Tales scratches an itch I have of wanting to venture through Link to the Past once a year. It is well-designed if not a bit cliché in its approach. Still for those with the same nostalgia for Link’s SNES adventure, there are few games that capture it as well as this one.
  5. Jan 21, 2018
    80
    Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King is a great Zelda-like game that reminds masterpieces like A Link to the Past. It fits perfectly on the Switch and is funny and entertaining.
  6. Dec 27, 2017
    76
    If you're looking to play a cute indie version of The Legend of Zelda then Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King definitely fits the bill. Just don't expect it to provide anything particularly new and exciting.
  7. Jan 4, 2018
    70
    Judging a game on its own merits is very important. However, when a title happens to borrow just about every aspect of its design from an iconic game series, it’s hard not to acknowledge. Claims could be made that a game like this is nothing more than a shameless clone, but thankfully in the case of Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King, the developer has intentionally crafted it with a sense of love and admiration of classic Zelda games. While it’s not as flawlessly executed as the series it draws inspiration from and it doesn’t add anything particularly groundbreaking, it's still a heartfelt tribute to the earlier entries in Nintendo’s long-running series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Feb 14, 2019
    10
    There's nothing bad I could say about this game :). It's a wonderful throwback to the days of 2d Zelda. It's not challenging though as it'sThere's nothing bad I could say about this game :). It's a wonderful throwback to the days of 2d Zelda. It's not challenging though as it's quite generous with healing items. Personally I wasn't looking for a challenging game but others may be disappointed in that regard.
    It also has a lovely bedtime story vibe reminiscent of the princess bride. It's one of my favorite indies :).
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  2. Oct 9, 2018
    10
    Very solid game. Surprising amount of depth and consistently challenging gameplay for the average gamer, with tricky puzzles and difficultVery solid game. Surprising amount of depth and consistently challenging gameplay for the average gamer, with tricky puzzles and difficult boss fights providing a unique set of obstacles for all types of players. The only real issue I ever found with this game is that it's rather short, but given how cheap it is I think that's definitely acceptable. Very charming and beautifully designed game which I'd definitely recommend for a weekend or two of immersive fun. Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2018
    9
    this is a beautiful fan service for zelda link to the past fans... if you love/loved that game like i did, youll love this too... totallythis is a beautiful fan service for zelda link to the past fans... if you love/loved that game like i did, youll love this too... totally worth the $15 asking price, added difficulty too, i think its definitely tougher than lttp Expand
  4. Mar 10, 2018
    8
    For fans of top down The Legend of Zelda games, Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King is a must buy.

    You control Lily, a Knight of the Rose, as
    For fans of top down The Legend of Zelda games, Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King is a must buy.

    You control Lily, a Knight of the Rose, as you fight through various enemy types.

    There are only 5 main dungeons which may leave you wanting more, but with the dozens of heart pieces to collect, and a sprawling over world, you'll have hours of gameplay ahead of you.

    The difficulty curve is satisfying, without being punishing.

    Pros: Classic Zelda-style gameplay, tons of collectables
    Cons: The overworld map is a bit lack-luster, and the game heavily borrows from previous Zelda games.
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  5. Jun 12, 2018
    8
    This may look like a clone, but in no way is it, to the critically acclaimed link to the past. This game brings new enemies, new puzzles, andThis may look like a clone, but in no way is it, to the critically acclaimed link to the past. This game brings new enemies, new puzzles, and new bosses, so if you are a fan of zelda, well here's another new experience waiting just for you. Expand
  6. Oct 26, 2018
    7
    Blossom Tales is praised by many as a very good reimagining of Zelda 3. However, the game doesn't quite live up to that promise.
    The game
    Blossom Tales is praised by many as a very good reimagining of Zelda 3. However, the game doesn't quite live up to that promise.
    The game starts out with a grandpa telling his grandchildren a bedtime story about Lily, a future Blossom Knight. This is done with quite a but of humor, which saves the game from being another Zelda 3 clone. It may happen that grandpa is out of ideas for the story and the children help him out, leading to a possible choice in enemies. Visually and musically, the game reminds more of Minish Cap than of Zelda 3.
    It's pros are the nice atmosphere, storytelling, good dungeon and overworld design and simple learning curve.
    However, the game has some serious issues.
    First of all, the controls feel imprecise, The way Lily keeps her momentum while changing directions makes for a really painful and weird feeling and is especially punishing during precision puzzles, which happen a lot in the dungeons.
    Secondly, being unable to de-bind the sword from the A-Button is weird for someone who has played a ton of Zelda, which is even more weird due to the A-Button being the interaction-button aswell. Instead, L or R could've been used for interaction (which are not binded at all).
    Furthermore, the weapon system feels imbalanced - the boomerang is compensated for too heavily by low energy costs while being unintuitive to use, using the bow is punished by high energy costs, so the boomerang has a sense at all, and the bombs' throw range is just too short, while the time they take to explode when not hitting an enemy is atrocious. - throwing them almost always results in you taking damage from the blast due to you having to throw them at enemies, or in having to wait forever for them to explode by itself.
    It's a fun, short game, but it doesn't really warrant the 15$ price tag - 10$ feel like they might've done enough for 10hours playtime.
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  7. Feb 2, 2018
    2
    It boggles my mind that this game is getting so much praise, when its only saving grace is that it is a Zelda clone. After putting a few hoursIt boggles my mind that this game is getting so much praise, when its only saving grace is that it is a Zelda clone. After putting a few hours into this game, I could not stomach it anymore. It is an unmemorable, frustrating, and generic game that relies on enemy spam for most of its content. Upon entering the second dungeon, the very first room is filled to the brim with enemies, granted you can one hit them, but you cannot move through the room without spamming A about a hundred times. I would try to recount the first dungeon, but all I can remember is a few rooms filled with about a dozen enemies, and a couple dull basic puzzles. The most fun I had in this game was getting the tri-bow upgrade, and only because I was excited to see what kind of upgrade I could get, but the process of getting that upgrade was about an hour of grinding for rupees, er, gold coins, to buy two components needed for the upgrade. I was promised a game similar to A Link to the Past, and was given a boring, overrated, frustrating mess of simple puzzles and annoying enemy spam. Saying this game is similar to A Link to the Past is such an insult to that game, and I can't recommend spending your money on anything other than Blossom Tales enough. Expand

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