The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is an action/adventure multiplayer game for the 3DS.
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Story & Themes
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes takes place in Hytopia instead of the usual Hyrule, and in this new kingdom everyone is obsessed with fashion. So, when Princess Styla is cursed so that she can only wear an unfashionable jumpsuit, she is supremely devastated. Her father, the king of Hytopia enlists Link's help to defeat the witch who cast the curse and return the princess to normal.
The game's controls are fairly easy to get a hang of. For those who like more of a challenge, replaying levels adds an extra layer of difficulty such as imposing a time limit or lowering the amount of hearts.
Violence Players use swords, bombs, arrows, and other weapons to attack monsters. There is no blood or gore.
Consumerism Tri Force Heroes belongs to the massive Zelda franchise which spans video games, various forms of print media, and numerous types of merchandise, but there isn't any actual advertisement in the game itself.
Discrimination The portrayal of Princess Styla isn't particularly positive since all of her value as a character implicitly lies with her appearance. Link is saving her ability to dress stylishly rather than her life, yet by standard princess-saving convention the two seem to be equated. If nothing else, Styla is a representation of a female character who cares predominantly and apparently exclusively about her looks.
While Tri Force Heroes can be played alone, the emphasis is on the multiplayer experience which includes the option of playing online with either friends or strangers. However, players need not fear being exposed to inappropriate content since the only way to communicate is through eight different emoticons.
- Did you play the game by yourself? How about with the help of friends or strangers? Which experience has been your favorite and why?
- What did you think of the game's story? Did you have a problem with the role of Princess Styla within the narrative? Why/why not?
- Do you think that Tri Force Heroes plays like the other games in the Zelda series? What makes it different, and do you still think it's fun despite these changes?