If you happen to be a fan of both Bloodborne and The Legend of Zelda, then independent game developer Max Mraz has one hell of an experience worth digging into right now- and entirely for free! Yarntown is an indie game passion project fueled by a single man’s love for arguably one of the best PlayStation 4 exclusives, Bloodborne, and beloved retro entries in Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series. From the lead developer of the upcoming Ocean Heart comes the creator’s newest Zelda-inspired project. Built on the Solarus engine, it aims to demake Bloodborne in the style of 16-bit era Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis titles.
Yarntown takes the best of both worlds as it duplicates the gameplay and map design found in Bloodborne while sticking to the aesthetics and overhead view of some of the most popular early 2D Legend of Zelda games like the Super Nintendo classic A Link To The Past and GameBoy Advance’s The Minish Cap. In the same vein as FromSoftware’s action-horror role-playing game, players will have to heavily rely on melee attacks, a single pistol, and the ability to summersault (used to evade attacks) as they traverse recreated landscapes from Bloodborne’s world while fighting off many of its iconic hoards of common enemies, bosses, and puzzles. It even includes the same Blood Ministration health mechanic from the original game that had players healing using a blood vial!
The game blends the quirky and cute visuals that The Legend of Zelda is known for with the gothic scenery of Bloodborne. Fans of the latter will likely recognize several of the game’s iconic locations and characters as they rummage through Yarntown‘s short yet excellent campaign. Enemy placements have been made identical to Bloodborne with even some of its most iconic bosses being present in the two-dimensional format such as Father Gascoigne and Beast Cleric. Despite the number of Bloodborne assets that may be presented in the game, the title is inspired by both series even though it may not seem like it at first glance. Fans of the two series will recognize that the title is likely paying homage to both Bloodborne’s sinister Central Yharnham location and Majora’s Mask’s depressing Clock Town.
Yarntown is currently free to download on PC from itch.io. You can follow the link right here to directly visit the game’s official page. On top of that, Mraz is allowing other game creators to download and utilize a large handful of his original assets for their own titles for free- or alternatively those feeling generous can offer a donation to him by purchasing the assets bundle. The sprites made available contain no direct ties to Bloodborne or The Legend of Zelda. Mraz hopes that other creators will be inspired to go, as he says on Twitter, “make some more gaaaaaaaamesssss” by using his new free assets.