The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D; IronFall Invasion; Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, gaming reviews: Classic gets a remake

 

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

****

3DS (£39.99)

The remake of the Nintendo 64 classic finds the elf-like Link attempting to save the world from a plummeting moon. What results is a wonderfully eerie adventure (though the game isn't as creepy as before), in which players get to leap through time. Majora's Mask was innovative when first released in 2000, and it still is now. The looping, Groundhog Day narrative creates a foreboding atmosphere, and you want to help any character you can. This new version brings back that swell of emotion and the smile you get when you know you're playing a classic.

Max Wallis

IronFall Invasion

**

3DS (£17.98)

Like a lot of military shooters, Ironfall sets you up with minimal storyline, before telling you to open fire. Sometimes they bring out bigger things to shoot at, but these just end up being slightly more durable bullet cushions. Using the touch pad to control the camera is jolting, and the fact that other actions such as reload and hide are on the same screen make for awkward gameplay. It's playable in the way most shooters can be – you can go into a trance mindlessly firing at things. And it does look good.

James Tennent

Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe

***

3DS (£6.29)

This bright and colourful rhythm action game sees you bouncing Kirby's penguin antagonist, King Dedede, over drum-filled levels to the sound of classic Kirby songs, controlling his speed, jump height and landing to coincide with the music, all while avoiding enemies and collecting coins. A somewhat meagre selection of tracks is a shortcoming, and the lure of high scores and gold medals is the only draw to replaying completed tracks. It's just a slight shame that Nintendo hasn't delved deeper into Kirby's rich musical history.

Toby Clarke

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