Genre: Action RPG
Basic Idea: Defeat Bavmorda and save Elora Danan, though not quite like Ron Howard envisioned.
Review: A game that more or less plays like Link to the Past, Willow is a fine adventure marred only by some uninspiring landscapes and enemies (with some fun but mostly easy bosses). Playing as the title character, your job is to travel from town to town, meeting up with characters from the movie like Franjean and Rool, save Fin Raziel and Madmartigan, turn Sorsha against her mother, and then take on Bavmorda. Along the way you will take on a few other miscellaneous tasks and fight some bosses, all while upgrading weapons and shields, and learning spells. There are definitely some unique spells that fit the theme of the game and are fun to use. One of my favorites is a spell that can turn stronger enemies into weaker ones…maybe.
What I enjoy about this game is that you never have to buy anything. Everything you need can be either found, given to you, or learned from others. What I don’t enjoy about this game is the level-building. Now, the game isn’t terribly difficult, so there’s no need for endless level-building in order to defeat enemies. But in order to defeat Bavmorda, you must turn Fin Raziel back into a human. To do this, you must be at a level that’s far beyond where you actually need to be to defeat Bavmorda.
While there’s little about the game that is memorable, the game has charm in spades. It helps that the characters use better English than in most NES games, but the characters themselves tend to be more distinct and have their own motivations. If you like the Zelda games, there’s a good chance you’ll like Willow as well.