A Short Hike developer says he was inspired by Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Animal Crossing, and more

A short list of excellent games

A Short Hike is a unique exploration game where you play at your own pace and wander around a peaceful mountainside. It's certainly not your average release, but it turns out some more traditional titles helped inspire it.

In an interview with NintendoEverything, developer Adam Robinson-Yu opened up about the titles that helped pave the way for A Short Hike.

I’ve been inspired by many games! Breath of the Wild was a huge inspiration – it really breathed life into the open-world genre, which I felt had been getting a little repetitive at that point. Other games I looked to as inspiration were Firewatch, Minit, The Frog Detective, and Animal Crossing.


What it actually reminds me of most is Link’s Awakening, with the island setting, verticality, charming dialogue and trading sequences. But a lot of that was probably filtered through Minit, which is also very Link’s Awakening-like.


Today's VIP

octopossumus's avatar
Joined: January 2018

Social Services

Want to join this discussion?

You should like, totally log in or sign up!