At the start of 2018, when the eShop was not yet overwhelmed by releases, a small independent studio took the opportunity to offer nostalgic players a game that had everything from old-fashioned 2D Zelda: Blossom Tales.
Lily’s adventure in the Enchanted Kingdom of Blossom had then been able to fill a void. And offer with Blossom Tales an old-fashioned adventure, the Americans of Castle Pixel having been largely inspired by a certain A Link to the Past, not without success, as your servant estimated at the time.
Flowery but Regis
Almost 4 years later, Blossom Tales seems to have passed enough for the little guys in Pittsburgh to set the scene again. They are therefore announcing the upcoming arrival of Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince, a sequel in due form expected for 2022 on Switch and PC. Always very concerned to succeed in drawing a parallel between their young series and The Legend of Zelda, Castle Pixel describes this sequel as a meeting between the already mentioned Super Nintendo opus and the fantasy film. The Princess Bride, released in 1987:
The Minotaur King is back… and it’s all your fault! Lily is back for a new “classic” action-adventure game set hundreds of years after The Sleeping King! Blossom Tales II is our love letter to the action-RPGs of yesteryear, which allows us to achieve that pleasant balance of challenge and interactivity as we like to play it.
Like the first episode, you should therefore expect to see the story change in a snap depending on the moods of your narrator, because even if 100 years have passed since the first episode, the adventure still begins. like a fable told by the fireside:
An ancient land. A young heroine. Dungeons full of enemies with puzzles in all corners. You enter the final chamber to face off against a terrifying boss, the One-Legged Pirate. No, it’s a giant panda. NO! This time it’s a possessed rocking horse. It is up to the player to decide what he will face.
In view of the first images unveiled in an obviously colorful trailer, the influence of A Link to the Past seems more assertive than ever., and lovers of the saga will almost recognize Le Palais des Marécages or the Rocher de la Tortue …
For the occasion, Castle Pixel has teamed up with the new label Playtonic Friends from the eponymous studio, and will therefore be edited by the ex-Rareware, who unveiled their roadmap at the beginning of the year. If there is still nothing to confirm that a new Zelda will mark the year 2022 with its seal, we can at least count on Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince, expected on Switch and PC.