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41 Great Games Like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and have found the following:

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is an adventure game in the Zelda series. You play Link and navigate the floating island of Skyloft before diving down to the land below it. While the island locations and flight drew from Wind Waker, the combat and interactions were a perfection of motion controls tried in Twilight Princess with the addition of the more accusation Motion Plus peripheral to the Wii Remote.

Unfortunately, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/11/2011, updated in 2021

Platforms: Switch, Wii and Wii U

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Role-Play and Stealth

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Costs: Purchase cost

25 Hand Picked Video Games Like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB EVERYONE 10+ games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Phantom Abyss

Release Date: 21/06/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Phantom Abyss is a running and jumping game where you charge through temples to get to the exit. Your only tool is a whip that interacts with objects and can propel you forward. Along the way are numerous traps and difficult jumps to avoid. There are...

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Series)

Release Date: 01/01/1999, updated in 2019

Platforms: Game Boy and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is an adventure-puzzle game in the Zelda series and universe. A remake of the 1993 Game Boy game of the same name, this one is set on Koholint Island and follows Link after he is stranded and must find a way back to...

Boomerang X

Release Date: 08/07/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Boomerang X is a shooting platform game where you explore worlds and fight enemies with a boomerang-like shuriken weapon. Unusually, you can warp to your boomerang once thrown meaning you can slice, fly, and blast through arenas swarming with evil...

My Time At Portia

Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

This game is set after civilization has been destroyed, and humans are emerging from underground to rebuilding society. By gathering resources, crafting and building you slowly gain the tools to collect food, store grain, chop trees and build dwellings....

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Release Date: 03/12/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a mythical adventure game where you play Fenyx, exploring the huge open world, solving puzzles and fighting evil fantasy creatures. Fenyx is a newly winged demigod, who was prophesied to be the one to save the Greek Gods' home...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Release Date: 22/11/2013

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is an action-adventure game in the Zelda series. It's the seventeenth game and spiritual successor to the 1991 game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. A more open adventure with a novel world-jumping...

Legend Of The Skyfish (Series)

Release Date: 24/02/2017, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Legend of Skyfish is a puzzle exploration game where you head into a dangerous land, hopping from island to island, solving puzzles and battling enemies. Each arcade-style level is a chance to put your unusual weapon to use -- for fighting but also for...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild departs from the previous Zelda formula with the scale and depth of its world. You walk, fly, ride and climb your way through a landscape that varies in climate, terrain, inhabitants and vegetation. Weather and...

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Release Date: 11/12/2020

Platforms: Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. When Alba visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island, she is excited for a summer of exploring with her friend Ines. But when...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Release Date: 21/11/1991

Platforms: GBA, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an adventure game in a long "Zelda" series. Like the other games, you play Link, who must defeat an evil force in the land of Hyrule. You do this by exploring the world, killing spawning enemies and finding a...

Biomutant

Release Date: 25/05/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Biomutant is an open world role-play adventure game where you play a Raccoon warrior in a large world filled with mutated animals. Exploring this living breathing ecosystem has the feel of Zelda Breath of the Wild, but in a broken down steampunk...

Genshin Impact

Release Date: 27/09/2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4 and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Genshin Impact is a role-playing adventure set in a fantastical open world you explore by walking, climbing, swimming and gliding as necessary. Like the Zelda games, you can collect items, and craft new weapons. However, in this game to create a party...

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Release Date: 18/07/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is an adventure where you explore a world seeking out and collecting magical creatures, known as sprites, to banish an ominous shroud known as the Murk. As you do this, you make your way in the world, farming,...

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Release Date: 24/03/2003, updated in 2013

Platforms: GameCube and Wii U

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is an adventure game in the Zelda series. This one is set on a group of islands in a vast sea, and follows Link as he attempts to save his sister from the sorcerer Ganon. This soon develops into a struggle to find the...

My Time at Sandrock

Release Date: 26/05/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

My Time at Sandrock is a life-simulating role-play game where you restore a run down town. It's set in the same wholesome yet post-apocalyptic world as My Time at Portia. You start by working as a builder, but soon...

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Series)

Release Date: 14/08/2014, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

The Hyrule Warriors series of games are hack and slash action games, set in the Legend of Zelda Universe and focussed primarily on close combat against large groups of enemies. The latest in the series Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, merges the...

Oceanhorn (Series)

Release Date: 14/11/2013

Platforms: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Oceanhorn is an adventure game series that brings Zelda-style exploration, battling and dungeon solving to non-Nintendo platforms. You play as a boy on a quest to find his lost father and defeat the living fortress, Oceanhorn. You explore dungeons,...

Death's Door

Release Date: 20/07/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Death's Door is a noir adventure game where you play a crow whose job it is to reap the souls of the dead. When one goes missing you must fight, run and jump through a fantasy world to get it back. It's a simple combat game at heart, but the unusual...

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Release Date: 19/11/2006, updated in 2016

Platforms: GameCube, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an adventure game in the Zelda series. As with the other games, you play Link, who must prevent Hyrule from being engulfed by corruption from a parallel dimension. Unlike other Zelda games, you can take the form...

Windbound

Release Date: 01/08/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Windbound is an adventure game where you hunt, explore and craft to survive. But unlike games like Zelda when you die you start over and the world is endlessly changing for each new adventure. It's an exacting...

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King

Release Date: 28/03/2017

Platforms: PC and Switch

Blossom Tales is an adventure game series where, like the Zelda series you explore an enchanted world, battle enemies and solve dungeons. It's a reimagining of the classic Zelda game, Link+to+the+Past.

Cadence of Hyrule

Release Date: 13/06/2019

Platforms: Switch

Cadence of Hyrule is a Zelda infused version of a popular rhythm action indie game called Crypt of the NecroDancer. Like the original you go on an adventure viewed from above and progressed by moving, attacking and dodging in time with the music.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Series)

Release Date: 16/09/2008, updated in 2022

Platforms: DS, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Switch, Wii and Xbox 360

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and its sequel, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II are fighting-adventure games set in the Star Wars universe. You use force powers and lightsaber attacks to defeat enemies in fast-paced combat, and in the latest Switch...

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Release Date: 12/05/2023

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the latest in the long series of Zelda adventure games. As well as exploring Hyrule you can also take to the skies in an expanded world full of secrets.

Togges

Release Date: 07/12/2022

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Togges is an exploring and collecting game where you traverse brightly coloured worlds. You use coloured cubes, called Togges, to reach new areas and overcome obstacles. This isn't block pushing work like other platform games. Because you can spawn...

1 Board Game Alternative to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

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16 Video Games Like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. This includes games from the Role-Play, Action, Adventure, Open World, Narrative, Physically Active and Stealth genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

5 Easier Video Games than The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

If you like the sound of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

7 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

If you like the sound of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Accessibility Report.
 

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Get Children Into Architecture

We spend our lives in buildings every day. Our homes, offices, shopping malls, cathedrals, stations, bridges and even public toilets have all been designed. Video games mirror and magnify this built environment in different ways.

Some, like Assassin's Creed, Grand Theft Auto and Forza Horizon recreate virtual versions of familiar places. Others, like The Witcher, Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess and Eastshade, create their own cities and buildings. Then there are games like The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Biomutant, Enslaved or The Last Of Us that drop you in a once-great but now ruined architecture.

Along with these pre-built spaces, there are also games that invite you to affect and rebuilt the architecture of a world. Games like Townscaper allow you to easily create series of buildings and consider how one structure relates to those around it -- like a street-scene generator. Then there are games like Animal Crossing, that offer a social context in which to apply your architectural and landscaping skills.

Then there are games that build spaces that would be impossible in real life. From the Escher-like Manifold Garden to the scale-confounding Superliminal, these games can play with perspective and movement to not only confuse the player but open new possibilities in perceiving buildings.

Finally, there are games with breathtaking architecture. Whether it's the atmospheric lighting of Control, the climbable buildings of the Uncharted series or Shadow of the Colossus vast cathedral-like structures, video games often create original spaces that stop you in your tracks.

The video games in this list create space to notice, reflect and try your hand at architecture. They are fun, but they are also important because the design of the spaces we spend time in have profound effects on how we feel, think and move.
 

Motion Controls Better Than Joysticks

Growing up playing video games has taught us that controllers with two sticks are a good way to move around a game. One controls looking and the other controls movement. Or maybe you prefer a mouse and keyboard?

However, the prevalence of these somewhat awkward schemes (similar to the prevalent but inefficient QUERTY keyboard layout) means that motion controls are often overlooked. This was made worse when the Wii failed to offer many high-end games and made motion synonymous with kid’s games.

The reality of well-implemented motion controls for aiming can make a profound difference to how approachable and accessible the experience is -- especially if two sticks don’t work for you or are unfamiliar.

We’ve worked with Jibb Smart on this list of games that offer motion controls that work as a viable (and often enhanced) replacement for stick control. He is pioneering well-executed motion controls and has created open-source tools JoyShockLibrary and JoyShockMapper to help explore the potential offered by the gyroscopes in these controllers. His website GyroWiki teaches developers how to implement these features well. In this list, we highlight games that put motion controls to good use in a way that is effective and well-executed.

Much of Jibb’s work focuses on the potential of gyro aiming. “It replaces the mouse with gyro controls. And since mouse control is a core pillar of PC gaming, it bridges a significant gap between PC and console players.” But motion controls is a very broad category. It’s worth breaking it down into more specific types of control that can help players in different ways:
  • Motion Aiming: Can use small movements of the gamepad to fine-tune aiming or as the main aiming mechanism. This is sometimes known as Gyro-Aiming. Games like The Last of Us Part II and Rogue Company provide this ability to replace one of the sticks or mouse with gyro controls. This usually requires the ability to calibrate these controls to taste. Search database for Motion Aiming games.
  • Motion Pointing: Can use the direction of the gamepad to move a cursor-target around the screen like a mouse. Games like Ghost Squad, World of Goo and Boom Blox use this to offer a light-gun experience. Search database for Motion Pointing games.
  • Motion Tilting: Can use movements of the gamepad to replace steering or left/right movement with sticks. Games like Forza, Mario Kart and Wipeout offer this to enable you to steer left or right by tilting the controller. Search database for Motion Tilting games.
  • Motion Gesture: Can motion with the controller to direct an in-game action. This can be a nuanced one-to-one motion for analogue sword (Zelda Skyward Sword) or bat movement (Wii Sports Resort). It can also be a simple shake to trigger a one-off action, like in Super Mario Galaxy. Search database for Motion Gesture games.
  • Flick Stick: Enables you control the direction you are facing in a game by pressing the controller stick in that direction, rather than a left or right relative motion. Once you are facing a direction, rotating the stick moves the camera by the same degree. The result is a quicker and simpler way to control your orientation in a game world.

 

Game Time Has Day-Night Cycle

Games use the spaces they create to tell stories. Some games do this by locking you in a key moment where the time of day doesn't change. Other games let you explore and revisit places at different times of day.

These day-night cycles invite players to explore at different times not only to find different things to do but to see how different locations change visually and audibly at different times of day.

Some games, like The Long Dark, do this to offer a different environmental challenge at night, when the sun is in and the cold wind really affects your character. Other games offer more unusual ways to tie in-game light levels to the real world, like Unmaze that uses your smartphone's camera to determine how much light there is in the game.
 

Edge Magazine's 10 out of 10 Awards

Edge Magazine is a prestigious and long running print magazine. Started in 1993, it became known for good writing and a high bar for game scores. It was three years before Edge gave a game a rating of ten out of ten.

These perfect scores are far and few between:
  • Elite (1984)
  • Super Mario Bros. (1985)
  • Exile (1988)
  • Super Mario 64 (1996)
  • GoldenEye 007 (1997)
  • Gran Turismo (1997)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
  • Advance Wars (2001)
  • Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)
  • Half-Life 2 (2004)
  • Resident Evil 4 (2005)
  • Halo 3 (2007)
  • The Orange Box (Portal) (2007)
  • Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)
  • LittleBigPlanet (2008)
  • Bayonetta (2009)
  • Drop7 (2009)
  • Red Dead Redemption (2010)
  • Super Street Fighter IV (2010)
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
  • Rock Band 3 (2010)
  • Dark Souls (2011)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011)
  • The Last of Us (2013)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  • Bayonetta 2 (2014)
  • Bloodborne (2015)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
  • Immortality (2022)

 

Motion Plus Wii Games

The Wii created a new genre of motion-controlled video games. But it's initially Wii Remote controller was a little limited. Nintendo shortly brought out addition that added more one-to-one detection of movement: Motion Plus.

You could purchase the Motion Plus block and plug it into existing Wii Remote controllers, or purchase updated Wii Remote controllers that included Motion Plus. These newer controllers are indicated by the Motion Plus nomenclature on the bottom. This nuanced motion-controlled continued on to the Wii U in games that used the Wii Remote controls and needed extra fidelity for the player.

Wii U Party minigames, Nintendo Land, Table Tennis and Archery in Wii Sports Resort as well as the exploration and combat in Zelda Skyward Sword each stand out as really good use of this extended Motion Plus controls.
 

Joy-Con Motion Switch Games

The Switch took the motion control Wii Remotes of the Wii and Wii U and attached them to the screen. This offers a versatile way to play on the go or on the TV (with the controllers detached. However, it also means that there are fewer games designed solely around the Joy-Con motion control abilities.

This list highlights games that you need to play with those Joy-Con controllers detached from the Switch. They offer true motion controls rather than a bit of tilting. This is in addition to the Gyro/Motion aiming we list in our accessibility section.

This may include games where you use the Joy-Con to aim at the screen, like the second playing in Mario Odyssey. Or games where you use the Joy-Con as the main player and target with motion, like Western 1849 Reloaded. Then there are games where you perform motions with the Joy-Con controllers to interact with the world or propel yourself forward, like Snipperclips or Go Vacation.
 

Inhabit Another World

Whether it’s a simple puzzle grid, a battlefield or a universe of planets to visit, all games create virtual spaces in which to play. Some of these are simply the background to a campaign - the game’s unfolding drama, missions or challenge. But others invite you to invest in the worlds they create, move in, tend to and inhabit in fantastical ways.

The games in this section invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character. Worlds that hold history and lore in their landscapes, flora, fauna and inhabitants; environments that respond to your presence and invite you to restore them to their former glory.
 

The Great Australian Video Game

These are games made by Australian game developers. Some have featured in the Australian Game Developer Awards, but others we have found by researching Australian developers online with the help of the IGEA.

The list includes games originally made in Australia as well as HD versions and re-releases worked on by Australian game development studios.
 

Gaming 101: Big Budget Games

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at big budget games.

These games are big, brash and popular. They have big budgets which means the visual and interactive quality is particularly high. They also have strong and wide ranging player communities.

For new players these can be overwhelming as they combine a number of genres like Strategy games, Shooting games, Adventure games, Role Play games. Still, they are a good way to see how these different elements combine in a large and ambitious experience.
 

When That Tiny Controller Speaker Makes All The Difference

One of the most overlooked aspects of modern game controllers is the speaker. Although many games do little with it, there are a handful that extend the play experience substantially with the experience of sounds happening in your hands as well as on the TV.

The PlayStation 4 DualShock and PlayStation 5 DualSense both offer a speaker on the controller. This is used by games like Grand Theft Auto to double as a speaker in the game world, like the police radio in your car so you can scan frequencies in your hands to locate crimes going down. On the F1 games the speaker is used for the voice of the pit crew, as well as the race announcer. Tearaway uses the speaker in conjunction with Touchpad to interact with a creature. Transistor used the speaker so your sword could speak to you in a more direct way.

On the Wii U the GamePad speaker was used in a range of ways, most successfully to offer musical harmonies with the sound from the main TV. It's surprisingly effective at creating this choral effect for a range of games like Nintendo Land and Kirby.

The Wii has one of the most innovative uses of the speaker on the controller. In No More Heroes it's used as a phone, in pre-boss fights, Sylvia would call you so you would need to hold the speaker to your ear to answer. In Red Steel multiplayer mode, each player holds the Wii Remote to their ear and it would whisper "You're the secret killer" to one person, along with individual instructions to each of the other players.

There are then other peripherals that make sound to extend the experience of playing. The Skylanders Trap Team Portal, for instance, played audio that went back and forth to the big screen to make it sound like trapped enemies were being sent into the TV.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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