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Walking the corridors of the Japan Expo, we came across unexpected titles. This is the case in Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince, an adventure game that is very strongly inspired by Zelda. We were able to try out the first dungeon and this adventure might have something to satisfy Nintendo saga fans this summer.
- A (very) strong inspiration from Zelda
- A modern A Link to the Past?
Among the stands dedicated to manga, Japanese animation series and related items, Japan Expo also has a lot of space dedicated to video games. If among the most compelling we can find big titles like Capcom and Street Fighter 6 or MiHoYo promoting various projects like Genshin Impact, Honkai: Star Rail and Honkai Impact 3rd, the most important place remains that of Nintendo.
In addition to a large stage, many terminals are dedicated to the manufacturer’s main title such as Mario Strikers: Battle League Football, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo Switch Sports or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate anaa. But beyond its titles, a corner is also reserved for more moderate games, and on this occasion we’ve discovered a title that excites us: Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince.
A (very) strong inspiration from Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Yes, let’s not waste time, it’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you’re focusing on this Blossom Tales II and this feeling is confirmed controller in hand. With an aesthetic reminiscent of old games from the 8/16-bit era and its top view, the Playtonic title is completely inspired by the first games of the Zelda saga and it’s not hidden.. As proof, the latter takes the form of successive dungeons alternating puzzles and combat stages. While the adventure is actually a story told by a grandfather to his grandchildren, we find ourselves playing young Lily in her struggle to defeat the dreaded Minotaur King.
Like any self -respecting person like Zelda, the dungeons in Blossom Tales II are composed of different rooms where you must defeat enemies or solve puzzles to progress.. Apparently to achieve this, we have a lot of useful things like bombs or a torch that can burn some decorative elements. In Nintendo’s stand, the playable dungeon is nothing but the first in adventure, relying on a system of taps to raise or lower the water level according to the player’s needs. After retrieving a key, we are confronted by a mini-boss who, when defeated, offers us something that allows us to swim, giving a whole new perspective on the dungeon. . Usually what we find in Zelda saga games.
A modern A Link to the Past?
More than this very strong inspiration from Zelda, Blossom Tales II still brings some subtleties that modernize the gameplay. For example, if the sword hits A Link to the Past just a repetition of the same animation, here, the chain of attacks allows you to create a really small combo with different action that stimulates action thanks to the accompanying effects. And if we can clearly see Link’s signature circular attack, in Blossom Tales II, the latter uses stamina that is also used to roll or swim faster to dodge enemy attacks. Very few additions therefore, but still allows the adventure to be a more enjoyable controller in the hand.
With its most retro proposal completely taking inspiration from Zelda, Blossom Tales II is finally a small title with something to please fans of the Zelda-like formula. Without a revolutionary, the latter brings a few touches of modernity to the game to make it even more enjoyable and dynamic for an adventure that promises to be enjoyable. Awaiting the final release of the game set for August 15, we invite you to try out the demo available in the eShop of the first installment, Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King, which took 15/20 in our columns.. The latter is also available at a short price until July 28, while the second opus is available for € 12.49 for an announced length of about 15 hours of play.