An Amateur Game Developer Has Remade the CD-i Zelda Games

Now you can experience Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon and Link: The Faces of Evil with new improvements like subtitles and widescreen.

November 29, 2020

What first started off as a joke between friends, has turned into a full-fledged remake for two of the most questionable games to bolster the Zelda name. Those two games: Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon for the Phillips CD-i.

Both of the games were developed by Animation Magic and published by Phillips Interactive media back in 1993. The games might be based on the iconic Nintendo series, but many fans would like to forget that the games exist. Many believe they are the worst games in the franchise and I honestly don’t know how anyone would disagree with that statement.

With that said, there was still one amateur developer who wanted to bring these games back to life with a remake. The dev goes by the name Dopply on Twitter. They believed that Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon were great games to learn how to the game engine GameMaker. The process took just over four years, but both titles have now been completely remade.

The dev responded to some questions in a FAQ, mainly responding on why they decided to do it. Dopply stated: “”I wanted to prove to myself that I could make a game. It started as a joke between friends, but then I wanted to see if I could actually pull it off. I’ve flirted with game making for a while but never finished something. This was my chance to do that (well, over the course of four years, I guess). Over time, remastered versions of these notorious titles was something I wanted for myself as well.”

The newly remade games come packed with widescreen mode, subtitles, unlockables, improved sprites, and a remastered mode that improve the quality of play. On top of that, the game was made again from scratch so there will be great improvements to areas that certainly needed them such as enemy spawns and player movement.

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If you do decide to jump into the two remakes, I wouldn’t expect for your mind to be blown. What do they always say? You can’t polish a turd. With that said though, the game will certainly be improved in areas that it needed it. What does Dopply think of it though? He stated: “I think they’re alright. These new versions definitely improve them, in my humble opinion. They have a terrible reputation, save for the hilarious cutscenes (which I adore and never got old throughout hundreds of hours of testing, by the way) but as far as games, if you give them non-horrific control schemes and decent performance, they’re fine. As a connoisseur of bad and weird games, I’ve most definitely played worse.”

But Dopply does have some positive reflections on certain aspects of the remakes. “I also think the background art is genuinely gorgeous, and the music is fantastic. I’m excited for people to experience the excellent soundtrack for the first time.”

I am astonished someone took the time and effort to improve these games. I am sure many of us Zelda fans out there would like to forget that they exist. But the Zelda community is a special one that loves to preserve the history of the franchise, even if the said franchise has had some dark moments.

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Grant Huff is a writer at DualShockers located out of Houston. He is a computer science graduate from Texas State University. When he is not playing or covering video games, he is most likely eating pizza.

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