Oraia RiftI remember spending countless hours on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on my Nintendo 64, so when a developer promises a Zelda-inspired title, I sit up and listen. While most developer attempts at capturing Zelda's magic end up in disappointment or in games that maybe try too hard to copy Zelda (Oceanhorn could be such an example), I'm always optimistic. Oraia Rift: Oracle of Oraia, an upcoming iOS game by COMPASSGAMES, is definitely going for a Zelda vibe, and I'm hopeful that if nothing else, this game will be a fun Zelda-like game to play. The game was originally supposed to come out in Q2 2014, but the developer admits being too optimistic and now believes the game will be out in 2015.

Oraia Rift

The game will be an exploration-adventure game with lots of puzzles and dungeons and ten unique large environments to explore. Its art sure looks lovely, retro without being chunky. There's a gameplay video to give you a taste of how Oraia Rift will play, and, as you can see, you control your character's movements by tapping on the screen. This control scheme was not very well received by many in the forums, who are instead asking for the option of virtual sticks. The developer has told me that he's currently working on the game's melee system by adding swords and the likes. I have no further info on the game, such as a possible release day, but I think I'll keep a close eye on it.

  • http://www.berryfication.com/ rezn

    This is exciting.

  • speedyph

    ILL ADD IT TO MY WATCHLIST

  • Alexythimia23

    Both main zelda game titles on ios are beginning with O's!
    But looking forward to seeing some gameplay...

  • JessicaRaven

    Actually there's three Zelda like games now if you count Gameloft's Sacred Oddysey as playing sort of twilight princess-ish

    • coffiend39

      Ittle Dew too.

      • JessicaRaven

        If we're going in 1st gen top down Zelda too I'd say Destiny Emerald

  • macatron

    I'll definitely keep an eye on this, but, as it is currently, the game desperately needs a virtual stick, and the combat looks really boring. Was the character dying after each hit, or just teleporting? It wasn't really clear from the video.

  • MFiGamer

    Hey All,
    Been in talks with game dev on this one, MFi Controller Support will be added, the control interface has been changed so it's different than what is shown in the vid, it's really old according to the dev & lots has changed since then, stay tuned.

    • JessicaRaven

      Mfi controller support is definitely a welcomed thing

    • macatron

      Sounds good! Thanks for the update. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • myopicpaideia

    Seems a bit dismissive of Oceanhorn, an excellent game that I have played through 3 times, and my 2 kids spend hours of fun with, asking Daddy to help them sometimes.

    Is it super Zelda like almost to be in clone territory? Yes, and that is why it is so good. ๐Ÿ™‚ This game looks great, hopefully it will capture that same feel good feeling that Zelda gave us, from the very first one, through to Link to the Past to Ocarina of Time, to Windraker...