There is a lot to do in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. As you complete tasks on your quest to help Princess Zelda and save the kingdom, you’ll encounter interesting locations, charming shrines, colorful characters, and even the occasional horse god or two.
You’ll also take part in a wide variety of mini-game activities scattered throughout Hyrule. Whether it’s a skill-based challenge or a game of luck and chance, the mini-games available in Tears of the Kingdom are sure to keep you busy during intense battles and sprawling temples. Here are our picks for the best minigames.
7 Flight range
Flight Range, located near the village of Rito, should be familiar to anyone who played Tears of the Kingdom’s predecessor, Breath of the Wild. In this game, the Flight Range serves as a practice area for shooting arrows in the air, but its sequel changes things up a bit.
In Tears of the Kingdom, the Flight Range is focused on practicing gliding itself. By constantly climbing, you will try to find the best path and go through as many rings as possible, trying to reach a certain number before the time limit runs out. Finding the best routes to slide, drop and lift on this windy playground is real fun.
6 Sky Island Diving Challenges
While Rito’s Flight Range is a lot of fun, gliding isn’t the only aerial activity you’ll be participating in. Since the game is full of sky islands, you’ll also spend a lot of time diving, sometimes at high speeds. This is where various diving challenges come into play.
If you spot one of Tears of the Kingdom’s large, vertical collections of rotating sky islands, there’s a good chance you’re looking at one of the game’s diving challenges. Simply head to the bottom of the area and talk to the construct there to accept the challenge and potentially earn some very useful rewards.
5 Mine Cart Land
Minecarts have been seen around Hyrule ever since the crash, transporting you around the game’s rails at a decent speed. Tears of the Kingdom adds a lot of utility to these wheeled marvels, from shield fusions that will give you a temporary skateboard to fan-powered speed trips around Death Mountain.
The latter method will be especially useful when you take part in the cart challenges presented by the three Goron brothers near Goron Village in the fun-filled area known as “Mine Cart Land”. You’ll spin around a series of tracks and hit targets as you drive with arrows, the challenges getting bigger and harder.
4 Treasure shop
If you happened to make your way to the village of Lurelin in Breath of the Wild, you may have come across the Treasure Chest Shop there. This unique shop would allow you to spend a small amount of rupees and get a chance to open one of three chests. Pick the right one and you might just walk away with a large amount of rupees, sometimes much more than what you paid to participate.
The treasure chest shop is back in Tears of the Realm, albeit with a few changes. You’ll open one of the chests for free, and the type of rupee you find will determine which of the merchant’s rewards you’ll walk away with. It’s a nice twist on an already fun idea.
3 Racing mini games
With Tears of the Kingdom’s focus on creating wild vehicles, it would be an absolute crime if the game didn’t include some form of racing minigame. Fortunately, there are several options to choose from if you want to try out your creations.
There’s an area in Tarrey where Zonai parts are being researched, and one of the researchers is interested in how well your Zonai build is doing on her courses. Similarly, you’ll be able to take part in the Lurelin Village Boat Race when things calm down a bit there. Both activities are amazing and encourage you to experiment with different buildings to get the most out of your time.
2 Hide and seek
Tears of the Kingdom is surprisingly full of children, from toddlers to teenagers. As expected, they spend most of their time running and playing, and you can join them from time to time.
In Gerudo Village, you will encounter a young girl standing near a strange orb. Ask her if you can get it, and she’ll agree, on one condition: you’ll have to participate in a game of hide and seek first! She’ll hide a small plush version of the sand seals from the game, and you’ll have to find them in the area before time runs out. It’s nice to see kids being kids, even in the face of impending doom.
1 Sky Island Basketball (and more)
Many of Tears of the Kingdom’s mini-games are hand-crafted for your enjoyment, but many of the game’s most enjoyable moments are created through clever use of its items and mechanics. There are toys everywhere for Link to play with and find fun things to do.
For example, you might have found a floating orb in the sky near a Sky Mine with a giant button inside. You’ll need to use the launcher on the nearby island to send a large block into the bullet’s entrance hole. Finding the perfect angle to launch the block into the hole is fun enough, but it’s just as fun to use items like rockets and floating cubes to solve the puzzle your way. This is just one example of the DIY nature that makes Tears of the Kingdom so special.
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