While Nintendo took its first steps into mobile gaming on Android in 2017, those were only its first steps. The releases of a Mario runner in Super Mario Run, a Fire Emblem gacha game in Fire Emblem Heroes, and a the more streamlined Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, showed that Nintendo is not afraid to bring some of its big names to mobile. Despite ongoing rumors, Nintendo has yet to bring gamers a mobile Legend of Zelda title.
So here are some of the games that are available now that can help scratch that Legend of Zelda itch for gamers on their smartphones. These titles are all at least somewhat like Zelda, but they all maintain their own identity. So without further delay, here are 5 Android gamers like The Legend of Zelda.
Oceanhorn is undoubtedly the closest thing to a traditional Zelda game that Android users can hope for until Nintendo steps in. Even after Nintendo steps in, their track record shows that there’s no guarantee that a mobile Zelda title will feel like a traditional Zelda game. Oceanhorn has most of the things Zelda is known for. It has puzzles to solve, secrets to find, enemies to fight, and an array of weapons and items to use, and even heart pieces to collect. If you’re looking for a Zelda game for your phone, Oceanhorn is it. Oceanhorn is free to try but gamers who want to play past the game’s first chapter will need to pay $5.49 for the full version.
Red Bros is not quite a Zelda game as far as gameplay is concerned, but it does capture the graphical style made famous by The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. In Red Bros players collect and rescue different bros in a variety of Zelda-like dungeons. There are traps to work around (or use), puzzles to solve, and enemies to take down. Red Bros might not feel like a typical Zelda game, but it has many of the dungeon crawling elements that the franchise is known for. Red Bros is free and contains ads and in app purchases.
Anodyne provides an experience that might best be compared to The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Players are armed with their trust broom (because why not), and go on to take on various monsters and trap filled dungeons. There are chests to open, puzzles to solve, and bosses to fight. Though it doesn’t quite have the item variety that Zelda games are known for, Anodyne’s Young does obtain a pair of jump shoes that help add an extra dimension to the gameplay. Anodyne is $4.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.
The Sega Forever collection is a treasure trove of classic titles, and Sega added the Zelda-like Beyond Oasis to Sega Forever last year. The game stars Prince Ali as he takes on the bad guys using his magical armband and a trusty dagger. Players can take on large bosses, find secret weapons, explore dungeons, and obtain help from magical spirits. Beyond Oasis is free and contains ads. Players can upgrade to an ad free version of the game via an in app purchase.
Ittle Dew comes from the people that created Card City Nights and Card City Nights 2, and it offers Android users a stylized version of The Legend of Zelda’s dungeon crawling action. The game has lots of puzzles to solve, enemies to defeat, and some treasure to plunder. Ittle Dew is $1.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.