Games I beat in 2015 - #24 : The Legend of Zelda (Randomizer)
The Legend of Zelda was the first videogame to scare me. The NES and its limitations made nearly anything terrifying to a little boy in the basement of a rural New Jersey home, and The Legend of Zelda with all its mysteries was no exception.
Zelda Randomizer restores that sense of mystery and exploration to a game that I thought I knew well. With numerous options for what to randomize, the game's difficulty can range from simply not knowing where to go next to struggling to even find the starting sword when Level 9 is already open to you. Even the requirement to collect the Triforce or defeat Ganon before rescuing Zelda can be changed. (Which led me to discover that Zelda has no eyes. Her eyes are transparent pixels, which works fine since she is normally shown above black pixels, but she can look downright terrifying on certain tiles.)
Although a Mario Maker style Zelda game might never happen, this little application gives exactly what one would want out of that playing experience.
It is unfortunate that it requires Windows to use, although luckily a virtual machine I had laying around fixed that for me.