Link’s overarching quest in Skyward Sword is to collect pieces of an ancient stone tablet, and the dungeons that house those tablet pieces are challenging and require minute attention to the environment. Video hints are available through a Sheikah Stone in the Skyloft village, so if the player gets stuck they can head back home and (hopefully) the solution is waiting for them.

Each dungeon adds a piece of gear to Link’s arsenal which then becomes the key to unlocking new areas for exploration and solving new puzzles. Most of these items are instantly familiar to Zelda fans, but the traditional boomerang for hitting distant switches and gathering remote items is replaced by a mechanical flying beetle. This remote-control beetle is just as much of a pleasure to pilot as Link on his Loftwing.

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