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Classic Zelda-Inspired Blossom Tales 2 Calls Back To Ocarina of Time

Indie publisher Playtonic Friends (Yooka-Laylee, Lil Gator) and developer Castle Pixel (Rex Rocket) have just announced Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince, a pixelated 2D throwback to classic Legend Of Zelda games that also contains a few clever nods to the series’ more modern 3D adventures. This is also a sequel to 2017’s indie dungeon crawler Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King for Steam and Nintendo Switch, which was praised by old-school gaming fans for capturing the whimsical feel of titles like Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past in a modern experience.

As was the case in The Sleeping King, Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince will put players on an epic journey through a magical kingdom in the top-down style of old-school Legend Of Zelda titles, solving puzzles and battling a variety of dangerous enemies. What sets The Minotaur Prince apart is branching paths that can shape the player’s experience, including the ability to choose which boss they can battle against at the end of a certain dungeon. Interested gamers got their first look at Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince at yesterday’s IndieLand 2021 livestream, which is working to raise money for dementia research on top of providing indie publishers and developers with a platform to show off their latest projects.

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Not too long after that showing, Playtonic Friends released a trailer for Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince on its official YouTube channel, along with a press release describing Castle Pixel’s goal of blending the classic RPG gameplay the developers grew up on with the gameplay and story choices of more contemporary titles. In the brief Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince trailer, an old man is seen telling a story to his grandchildren by a campfire. This story sees the player character trekking across various environments, battling monsters, and seeking help from several colorful NPCs - one of which is a talking owl that bears more than a passing resemblance to Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time’s Kaepora Gaebora.

Watch the trailer for Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince on YouTube here.

Hardcore Zelda fans will remember Kaepora Gaebora as a supposedly helpful guide who provides Link with gameplay tips throughout 1998’s Ocarina Of Time. Unfortunately, this often involved stopping the player dead in their tracks to deliver long-winded lectures and oblivious factoids like “press start to pause the game,” and players found themselves mashing the A Button to skip his speeches altogether. His grating theme song also did little to endear him to Zelda fans, who to this day debate about who was more annoying in the otherwise well-remembered Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time: Kaepora Gaebora or the equally-irritating fairy Navi.

Hopefully the owl players encounter in Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince isn’t as headache-inducing as Kaepora Gaebora, because Castle Pixel’s newest 2D dungeon crawler looks like a promising and colorful homage to the top-down Legend Of Zelda titles of old. Players looking for this classic style of gameplay will get their chance to dive into Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince when it launches on Steam and Nintendo Switch sometime next year.

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Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince will launch for PC and Nintendo Switch in 2022.

Source: Playtonic Friends/YouTube

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