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  CDi Series | Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
 


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Overview
 

System: Phillips CDi
Developer: Animation Magic
Publisher: Phillips

Release Dates

1993

October 10th 1993

Unreleased

   

The Wand of Gamelon and The Faces of Evil were both released on October 10th 1993, and developed by Animation Magic, so technically, they're quite similar. They share the side-scrolling elements of The Adventure of Link, and both use cartoon cut scenes.

When the King of Hyrule goes on a journey to make a treat with Duke Onkled, he goes missing. Link, the Hero, goes off in search of the King and ends up missing too, so it's left to Princess Zelda to find them both.

Both Animation Magic Zelda games draw heavy criticism; while the beautiful backdrops are accepted by fans, the atrocious animated cut-scenes that bookend and pepper the games and the poor playability draw the most fire. The animated cut-scenes were created by a team of six Russian animators who were flown to the US specifically for the job, and the jarring voice acting which further ruined (or you could say "completed") these scenes were all a result of the game's insufficient budget and Phillip's insistence that all the capabilities of the CDi format were used. However, the CDi machine wasn't designed as a games console and many systems came with a laggy infrared controller, and other system limitations further compounded control problems. To make matters worse, the team of four artists, three programmers and one musician were given little over a year to create both games.

The only positive legacy of the Animation Magic Zelda games have been the gorgeous backdrops - they helped create the most realised Zelda at the time - but gameplay and audio were distinctly average; not awful, but not worthy of the "Zelda" label, either.

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Packaging
 

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Manual
 

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Walkthrough
 
Type Author Size
Walkthrough Avid Gamer 40K
     

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