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3D Dot Game Heroes


The story of 3D Dot Game Heroes’ kingdom of Dotnia might ring a few bells. An ancient hero of old defeated an evil king by trapping him inside one of six magical orbs. Years later, a thief steals the orb, and you’re sent on a quest to retrieve it. You travel from dungeon to dungeon, fighting mythical monsters with sword and shield. Eventually, you gather more items, like a bow, a boomerang, bombs, a hook shot, and boots that make you run really fast. Sound familiar? That’s intentional. 3DDGH bills itself as a loving parody of Zelda, with a few references to Final Fantasy, Castlevania, and other classics thrown in. 3DDGH even includes a fannish fairy sidekick, sarcastic villagers, and a synthy eight-bit soundtrack. The king of Dotnia has upgraded his kingdom to 3-D, so everything looks as if it were made out of little cubes instead of pixels, but Dotnia’s design will definitely remind you of Hyrule. In spite of all that it’s “stolen” from its predecessors, 3DDGH innovates in some areas that Zelda never will. For starters, you can select a character model from a gallery, or you can tailor-make your character from the ground up. You can create a hero who looks identical to Link, or you can play as an armored tank, an alien, a bucket — whatever you feel like building. Although the customization and ridiculous swordplay are fun novelties that distinguish 3DDGH from Zelda and other old-school RPGs, that might not be enough innovation to keep you interested. If you’re here for the jokes and the parody elements, you’ll leave unsatisfied — only a deep love of Zelda-like puzzles will see you to this game’s end. READ MORE: Review: 3D Dot Game Heroes, by Maddy Myers
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