Taking plenty of cues from A Link to the Past, the world of Blossom Tales will feel comfortable and quite familiar to anyone who has spent time adventuring in Hyrule. The Kingdom of Blossom is full of bright, colorful, and varied environments. Lily’s adventures take her from the depths of a dank castle dungeon to the snow-covered, blustery heights of Pinecone Village and eventually the Wasteland: homeland of the dreaded orcs. And there are plenty of nooks and crannies to be explored and secrets to be uncovered on the way. Blossom Tales also features an upbeat soundtrack to accompany you on your adventures. Seriously, the soundtrack is just as charming as the visuals. On occasion, I would find my head bobbing along with the tunes. The similarities don’t end with the world you’ll be exploring; it also carries over to many of the gameplay mechanics!
Dungeons! Of course, you can’t have an adventure without exploring some dungeons! There is a total of five dungeons to trailblaze your way through. They’re chock full of the usual staples; enemies to slay, clever puzzles to solve, obstacles to navigate, keys to find, and multiple bosses to defeat. The dungeons are quite enjoyable, I never got the feeling that they were dragging on for too long. It also helps that the autosave feature is excellent: the game saves when you enter a room so you can start off right where you left off, even in the middle of a dungeon. The puzzles aren’t too difficult to figure out. The only ones that gave me any trouble were the memory puzzles that make you repeat a pattern played by a group of magical rocks by hitting them in the same order they played in, but I’ve never been good at them anyways so that’s no big surprise. Once the final boss of the dungeon is defeated, Lily is teleported out so you don’t have to worry about trekking back. And speaking of teleporting, the kingdom of Blossom is littered with teleportation pedestals to help facilitate fast travel to all the main areas in the game; some can even be found in the middle of a dungeon.
Even though Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King looks and feels like a classic Zelda game, it is unique and fun enough to stand on its own as an excellent adventure and an all-around good time. It takes around 10 hours to beat, so it isn’t too time-consuming. I haven’t finished exploring and uncovering all the secrets yet, so I’m sure I can squeeze a few more hours of gameplay out of it. It supports the use of a controller, so that’s a nice bonus too. Sometimes you need precise movements and I find that hard to do while using the keyboard. Blossom Tales is available now, so check it out if you’re in the market for a lighthearted action adventure.
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 9/10
+Plenty of exploration and secrets to uncover
+ Charming graphics and story