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As we walk through the hallways of the Japan Expo, we end up encountering unexpected titles. This is the case with Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince, an adventure game very strongly inspired by Zelda. We were able to try out the first dungeon, and this adventure may have something to satisfy fans of the Nintendo saga this summer.
- A (very) strong inspiration from Zelda
- A modernized A link to the past?
Between the stands dedicated to manga, Japanese animated series and related delights, Japan Expo also has a wide range of areas dedicated to video games. If we find among the most impressive major titles like Capcom and its Street Fighter 6 or MiHoYo, which highlighted its various projects like Genshin Impact, Honkai: Star Rail and Honkai Impact 3rd, the main area remains Nintendo.
In addition to a large stage, there are many terminals dedicated to the manufacturer’s flagship title such as Mario Strikers: Battle League Football, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo Switch Sports or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was available. But in addition to the main lyrics, a corner was also reserved for more modest games, and it was on this occasion that we were able to discover a title that pleasantly surprised 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 mind immediately as soon as you see this Blossom Tales II, and this feeling is confirmed as a controller in hand. With its aesthetics reminiscent of old games from the 8/16-bit era and its top view, the Playtonic title is completely inspired by the first games in the Zelda saga and does not hide it. As evidence, the latter takes the form of a series of dungeons that alternate between puzzles and combat phases. Although the fairy tale is actually a story that a grandfather tells his grandchildren, we find ourselves playing the young Lily in her battle to defeat the terrible Minotaur king.
Like any self-respecting Zelda, The dungeons in Blossom Tales II are made up of different spaces where you either have to defeat enemies or solve puzzles to advance. To achieve this, of course, we have many useful items such as bombs or a torch that can burn certain elements of the decor. On Nintendo’s booth, the playable dungeon is none other than the first in the adventure, which relies on a system of faucets to raise or lower the water level according to the player’s needs. After regaining a key, we are faced with a mini-boss who, once defeated, offers us an item that allows us to swim, giving a whole new perspective to the dungeon. Typically what we find in the game of the Zelda saga.
A modernized A link to the past?
In addition to this very strong inspiration from Zelda, Blossom Tales II still brings some features that modernize the gameplay. For example, if the sword blow in A Link to the Past is just a repetition of the same animation, here the chain of attacks allows you to make a really small combo with varied movements, which gives energy to the action thanks to the accompanying effects. And if we obviously find Link’s characteristic circular attack, in Blossom Tales II, it consumes the latter endurance, which is also used to roll or swim faster to dodge enemy attacks. Very small additions therefore, but which still allow the adventure to be more comfortable controller in hand.
Blossom Tales II is by its very retro proposal, completely inspired by Zelda, finally a small title that has something to delight fans of the Zelda-like formula. Without being revolutionary, the latter brings a few touches of modernity to the gameplay to make it even more enjoyable and dynamic for an adventure that promises to be enjoyable. Awaiting the final release of the game, which is set for August 15, we invite you to try the demo available in the e-shop of the first episode, Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King, which took 15/20 in our columns. The latter is also at a low price until July 28, while the second opus will be available for € 12.49 for an advertised lifetime of around 15 hours of play.