Someone made the Zelda Classic engine work in the web browser

Update from 07/22/07 at 3:28 p.m.: Connor reached out to provide a link to his MMORPG, Gridia. If you want to support and try it out, you can do so via its website right now! It also clarified something I should have realized in that the over 600 quests available in Zelda Classic add up to well over 20 hours, but instead some of the longer quests are worth that much time alone. Good game !

Gridia is a massively customizable multiplayer online game with a persistent world. Gridia is a product that a creative mind can use to create their own world – with customizable graphics, items, quests and more. World Masters can build and maintain a world as they see fit, supporting tens to thousands of players. Gridia supports an extensive crafting system – anything seen in the game can be crafted. Players can harvest the landscape for its resources and claim plots of land to build on.

Gridia website

We live in an age where almost anything can run in the web browser. As AAA cloud gaming takes off, so do retro games and their preservation by hobbyists and professional developers. We’ve already talked about how the Playstation 2 and other retro consoles can work directly through Chrome, but today I wanted to show off a one-person project.

Connor Clark is a web developer who has tested and pushed his limits to bring Classic Zelda to a web application, and you can play it right now with just one click! First released over 20 years ago, Zelda Classic is a game engine designed to recreate and modify the original Legend of Zelda game. The community around it has created over 600 custom quests or games from it, totaling over 20 hours of content.

Until now, Zelda Classic only worked on Windows, but after spending over 150 hours (around 2 months) this year on the project, it’s now accessible from a web URL only, and you can even manually load any of the aforementioned quests at will.

On its Hoten.cc website, the PWA developer documents its entire process, so that everyone can learn from it and benefit from it. Progressive Web Apps are huge, and I believe they are the future, so to see someone recount their journey in gaining knowledge surrounding their development is refreshing.

To play, use your keyboard or a gamepad (configure in the Settings menu by clicking on the screen to call it up), as it supports both inputs. You may experience occasional sound issues or other glitches, Connor says, but almost everything works well enough to enjoy the experience as well as you would on Windows. Click on the quest list at the top left of the screen to switch between custom games and play. Your saves are stored on your local browser, not in the cloud!

Default controls:

A:z
B:x
Mon
A: s
Start: Enter
Map: space

Remember, you can turn any website in Chrome into a standalone experience by creating a shortcut and clicking “Open as Window”! Connor has also created his own highly customizable web-based MMORPG called Gridia, and while he’s done a lot of work so far, it looks like he hasn’t worked on it for several years, which is disappointing. If you want to support unique web technology and projects, you should consider checking out Connor’s site and his projects!

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