Whoever made Anodyne is smart and deserves your attention. This game is Ray Bradbury presents Zelda. I won’t speculate on the literal story content, however, the mechanical story this game tells is solid, brilliant, and loving. Anodyne is Link’s Awakening delicately refracted through the prism of a teenage diary. The colors, the uncertainty, the moment with the fisherman! The world, not exactly hostile, is merely as confused and prone to lashing out as you are. It’s fun! I move from one screen to another, I sweep, I climb, my eyes scan. The landscape of Anodyne is a bittersweet heartbreak adventure.

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