Two classic N64 games in at Play World now. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Donkey Kong 64. Here is a brief breakdown of these two classics.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time may be the greatest single-player video game ever created in any genre. It’s that good. Those new to Nintendo’s enormously popular Zelda series will be glad to know this game stands completely on its own. Our hero, Link, starts the game as a young boy living in a magical forest village populated by elf-like children. But there is evil lurking in the world. Strange monsters are appearing, and the land is changing. It’s up to Link to discover why, defeat the monsters, and stop the evil at its source.
The game world’s ever-changing environment looks like a fairy tale come to life. Majestic waterfalls, towering castles, and magical forests are a feast for the eyes and ears. Rivers flow, rain falls, the sun and moon rise and set. There’s even an erupting volcano! Exploring this world is half the fun of the game. Along the way, you learn musical tunes that you can play on the flute-like Ocarina, a magical device that helps you teleport, alter the weather, even control time itself.
Donkey Kong 64 is a 3-D action adventure game based on the game icon of the same name (you know, the ape who rolled barrels down on Mario’s head in the early ’80s arcades). In this massive and graphically beautiful game, Donkey Kong and his pals must right the wrongs of King K. Rool by exploring their home island in search of more than 200 gold bananas, as well as other items that help the primates’ progress.
Players alternate control of Donkey Kong and four other characters, each with unique abilities, to complete puzzles, conquer “baddies,” compete in mini-games, and navigate through physical challenges. In addition to the single-player adventure, unique multiplayer games offer opportunities for social interaction between marathon solo sessions.
Donkey Kong 64’s incredible graphics and smooth gameplay are boosted by an included 4-MB expansion pack. The unit helps process the memory-demanding graphics, and enhances the colored lighting effects, shadows, and other eye candy, such as … well, there we go adding to the hype machine. Just remember: this game will be king of Nintendo’s jungle for quite a while and, with a few million rabid fans, could enter the ranks of classic Nintendo 64 games.