Finally! That was quite an experience! I can’t emphasize enough that if you love the original Zelda and have mastered it, Outlands is the game for you. It’s fiendishly yet superbly designed in a way that reminds me of the original Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 (The Lost Levels). Of course, the challenge here isn’t fast-paced platforming, but rather the mental effort involved in searching out and solving some of the most devious Zelda dungeons ever. Make no mistake: You’ll need to focus in and bring along every brain cell you can muster if you want to stand a chance of not getting hopessly lost. There’s none of that “getting your sword on the first screen” crap here, either. Expect to do some overworld and even dungeon exploring without it first!
Simply put, Outlands is more quality Zelda 1 gameplay and about as professionally made as NES fan games get. Highly recommended.
(Originally written 4/9/2017)