Critic & User Reviews
posted by Jaxxor (DENVER, CO) Apr 13, 2006
Member since Dec 2005
22 out of 22 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The game showed up in the mail. I opened it up, started a new game, and played through the 1st little dungeon. I turned off the GBA, put the game back in the Gamefly Case, mailed it off, drove to the store, and bought this game.
Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap is one of the best games I have ever played for the GBA, hands down. It is a must-own for GBA fans. An exciting premise, solid controls, and decent graphics help out a game that seamlessly blends our favorite parts of all the Zelda games into a new, pocket-sized experience that feels niether compromised nor overwhelming. Great musical melodies from "Ocarina of Time" and "Majora's Mask" make you feel like you're really back in Hyrule, while a return to the top-down view brings back nostalgic memories of the SNES. Add in that puff of purple and black smoke when you defeat an enemy (from "Wind Waker"), and you have deceptively simple areas looking graphically stunning.
As my review title states, the big part of this game is the ability to shrink yourself to a "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" 3/4 inches high. This means every level/area is actually 2 areas: A normal-sized one and a miniature one, each with its own challenges and objectives. This makes exploration and searching for hidden/secret items an endless source of recreation.
In fact, the need to play through every area twice (and sometimes more) to progress through the game is 1 of only 3 sources of frustration here. Second on that list would be a lack of buttons. Capcom did a great job, but GBA has so few buttons that you have to stop and reassign items a little too often. Finally, the kinstone idea is cool (get a kinstone, match it to an NPC, trigger event, get treasure), but when the treasure is another kinstone, you feel a little gipped.
Bottom Line: Buy it!
Great game for female fans of link.
posted by Jennger (LAS VEGAS, NV) May 17, 2006
Member since Dec 2005
10 out of 12 gamers (83%) found this review helpful
I played it nonstop after I rented it, even when my husband and I would go out to eat. ;)
This game is great because it has an aspect from every previous Legend of Zelda Game. But if I hadn't played the previous Zelda games I still think it would have been just as great.
It was easy to learn the controls, great graphics compared to other gameboy games I've played and the story itself was good.
I think the only thing I was disappointed about was that it was over so quick. ;)
I highly recommend this to any person who is looking for a great game!
Could be one of my favorite Zelda games!
posted by gonzo3333 (LAS VEGAS, NV) Jul 15, 2006
Member since Aug 2003
4 out of 7 gamers (57%) found this review helpful
Very, very nice for GBA. I was impressed. It has a Windwaker style to it, like when you defeat an enemy, a puff of purple smoke takes their place.
I love the music in this game. It's suited perfectly for Zelda.
Once again, I was impressed by how much fun a one-inch cartridge brought me. It's just so much fun. Going to dungeons, and finding power-ups. And the story is really good. It's not the best story ever, but it's basic Zelda story. Also, the new power-ups are a really nice addition ;) I'll just leave them up to you to find out what they do, or you probably already know, or you'll probably go read what they do right now... And your little hat buddy, umm, what's his name again? Starts with an "E"... I forgot! Ohh, well, anyways, Mr.Talking Hat is the comic relief to this. I was surprised as to how many times I actually laughed at the dialogue in this game, thanks to Mr. Long Beak! ;)
One downside to this game is the length. I'd say it's about 15 hours, maybe a little longer. I don't know, it's been a while since I've played. But I've had the urge to want to play again and have since the year I've owned it. You probably won't start a new file right away, but you will eventually. However, one huge plus is collecting Kinstones. You collect a whole bunch of Kinstones and fuse them together with someone who has the other half in the game, which practically makes you talk to everyone you see. It's not required, but gets you some nice items, including heart containers! There are plenty in the game. Trust me. Also, there are secret items scattered through Hyrule like the mirror shield, and others...
So this game is a defenite buy. It's really fun! It's worth playing more than once, and is worth the money! Enjoy! ;)
Favorite Zelda game so far!
posted by charanajo (PUYALLUP, WA) Nov 9, 2011
Member since Nov 2011
posted by wdog14 (FRANKFORT, KY) Oct 8, 2011
Member since Jul 2008
Once you've defeated the main objective in the game (I.E, killed the final boss -Vaati- and saved Hyrule) you can still gather kinstones and fuse them with the multitude of characters in the game. Then, back-tracking, The bosses in this game were very fun to fight as you get to use that awesome new weapon you obtained in the dungeon you are in. And they made an effort not to let your older weapons go out of date, such as the light bow which makes using your bow a lot more fun to me. Over all, just renting this game would be a shame. So, even though this is 2011 I would say that this game still holds it's own.
Another great Zelda Title
posted by vdrguy (ACTON, CA) Jul 7, 2011
Member since Jul 2011
The story of this game is Princess Zelda is turned to stone (Sounds Familiar...Phantom Hourglass) and link must forge a picori sword to set her free.
The unique thing about this game is Link has the ability to shrink down to the size of a bug ant travel to new parts of the world (Think "Honey I Shrunk The Kids"). he travels through dungeons, gets cool items and fights cool bosses.
This game feels like a zelda game with lots of hidden areas to find and a lot of heart pieces to find (you find one every 5-10 minutes). the art style is similar to Wind Waker (Toon Link) but still looks good on the GBA.
Some things I noticed strange about this game compared to other zelda games is an odd System of unlocking hidden areas. throughout the game you find these Kinstones and you can fuse them with other people's Kinstones to make caves and chests appear. This is simple once you get the hang of it but if you forget about it you get stuck and there is no way to know what to do. The world map is also pretty small but mazelike so it seems bigger.
The only Bad part about this game Comes at the end when (SPOILERS) you are forced to fight three of the toughest enemies in the game right before you fight the end boss. The bad thing is that you're timed so if you take too long to dispatch them than its game over. This was very frustrating (It took about 10 tries to defeat them and only 2 for the final boss). This seems like a capcom thing as no other Zelda game times you during combat.
This Game is still a great addition to the Zelda Library and one of the overlooked Zelda Games. While it is not too Mind Blowing (There is this one cool part in the beginning with a barrel) it is still great fun.
the best game ever
posted by bldoug1 (SELLERS, SC) Feb 2, 2010
Member since Nov 2006
One word... Awesome
posted by adgpoke94 (JAY, FL) Jul 18, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
posted by necroX (ASTORIA, NY) Jun 8, 2009
Member since May 2009
posted by mastagears (LOUISVILLE, KY) Jun 6, 2009
Member since Jul 2006
I will try this game again.
posted by BULLY123 (PRATTVILLE, AL) May 16, 2009
Member since Jul 2008
JUST ONE WORd
posted by MOBBSTARR (TORRANCE, CA) Apr 14, 2009
Member since Nov 2008
posted by munchy560 (NEW PORTLAND, ME) Mar 15, 2009
Member since Mar 2009
Top 5 in the Zelda series!
posted by cinnamon97 (PEKIN, IL) Jun 15, 2008
Member since Feb 2008
this is one of the best zelda games ever... EVER!!
good story line
awesome items to obtain
large world to explore
may not know what to do next
difficult puzzles to solve
Over all this is an awesome game... 9 out of 10 =D
posted by ykbane (PRINCETON, WV) Aug 18, 2007
Member since Apr 2007
kinda hard but good game
posted by werty485 (KATY, TX) Jul 24, 2007
Member since Jun 2007
Zelda hits a home run again!!!
posted by Reviewmon (SEA CLIFF, NY) Mar 16, 2007
Member since Jul 2004
The game play is simple using the main action buttons to attack and perform other actions. You still get different equipment and items like any of the other Legend of Zelda games.
I was very happy with this game because it met my expectations and all the reviews. I recommend this game to anyone who likes the Legend of Zelda games or who enjoys RPGs.
posted by woweee1 (WARWICK, NY) Feb 16, 2007
Member since Feb 2007
LoZ Does It Again!
posted by GCDeluxe (PORT DEPOSIT, MD) Oct 11, 2006
Member since Sep 2006
"DS game MUST HAVE"
posted by nicnik3 (BURLINGTON, VT) Aug 17, 2006
Member since Jun 2005
posted by DrPikachu (LEAGUE CITY, TX) Jun 29, 2006
Member since Aug 2005
The Legend of Zelda:The Minish Cap
posted by Alejandro (ARLINGTON, VA) May 30, 2006
Member since Aug 2005
posted by Linkshrink (CLINTON TWP, MI) Apr 19, 2006
Member since Jun 2005
A must have for GBA
posted by Justy8 (BURBANK, CA) Apr 17, 2006
Member since Jan 2005
The game play is typically great Zelda. The puzzles are challenging and the story is interesting and captivating. Collecting kinstone pieces is not a hassle and chore and can get fun to see who has the matching piece.
I highly recommend any GBA owner to at least rent this game. There is hours of game play to make you never wanting to put the game down.