A link between worlds
You’d be forgiven for taking a quick glance at the upcoming metroidvania ‘Mysplaced’ and thinking it was Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Plenty of games have been inspired by The Legend of Zelda series, but in the case of Mysplaced, it certainly seems more than just an inspiration.
Everything from the visual style to mechanics, and even camera movements look extremely similar to Nintendo’s Switch remake of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. For many Zelda fans, this kind of ‘tribute’ comes too close to the original, and isn’t doing enough to separate itself from the source of inspiration.
Developer Soheyl Ghiami says the game is more a metroidvania than a Zelda clone in terms of gameplay, but even if that’s the case, the visuals are nearly identical to Link’s Awakening. Some eagle-eyed fans have even spotted level layouts that are very similar as well. Ghiami is yet to comment on the accusations.
I try not to declare something as a rip-off at first glance. At first I thought Genshin Impact was a clone of Breath of the Wild but then I played it and discovered how different it is, despite some similarities.
That said, wow this really does seem uncomfortably close to Link's Awakening.