The game is played from a top-down perspective similar to most console RPGs of yore. What sets Zelda apart from others is not only the evolving, intricate plot, but also a great balance of action and RPG elements. Link not only must talk to NPCs and gain experience like all RPG heroes would, but he has to push boulders, kill monsters in real-time, defeat devious traps, and in general solve a multitude of ingenious physical puzzles (i.e. how to get from point A to B) that are put in his path. You'll have so much fun with the game that you'll hardly notice it's 4 in the morning (and you have 3 hours to sleep before rushing to work). Zelda Classic is an excellent, albeit unofficial, conversion of an NES classic. Now, for the first time, PC gamers will have a chance to experience why Zelda continues to be a very strong, very popular console series. Two thumbs up!