The Adventure Begins
NOTE: All directions are taken from the start screen, unless stated. This is the screen below:
NOTE: North=Up; South=Down; East=Right; West=Left. I choose to write the directions this way to stay true to the style of the instruction manual and game.
You won’t get very far in this adventure without the single most useful item in this game: the sword. So the very first thing you should do is go into the cave you see on the starting screen. Inside this cave is an old man, who offers you the wooden sword for free. To get the sword, just walk over it.
Now that you have the sword, you are ready to take on the first dungeon of this game, Level 1. Go East 1 screen, North 4, and West 1 (across the bridge).
Hint: To get money, hearts, and other items, kill the enemies you encounter as you go along.
Hint: To make your journey easier for next time, kill all of the enemies on each screen except for one. Next time you visit that screen, only one enemy will appear. It will always be like this until you kill that one enemy. (Note that this trick does not work in the dungeons.)
There is a red Octorok guarding the entrance to Level 1, but I doubt it will bother you. You can defeat it to see if you get an item, like a heart if you need one. Enter the cave.
When you first enter the level, head Right. You will see that one of the Stalfos (the skeletons) in this room is carrying a key. You will need to kill it with 2 hits from the sword. Then walk over the key to pick it up. Now, go 2 screens Left, and kill all of the bats in this room to make a key appear. Pick it up and then go 1 Right, back to the entrance screen. Head 2 screens Up. Kill all of the Stalfos on this screen to get yet another key. Go Left and then Up 1 screen. If you kill all of the Gels (blobs) in this room, you can push the block and the shutter to the left will open. Inside is an old man with a hint about how to get the Triforce in this level, although if you are reading this then you probably don’t need to bother talking to him! But take note of the method of killing all the enemies in the room and then pushing a block to open a shutter. You will need to do this many times during the game.
Fun: If you attack any of the hint-giving old men in the dungeons, the fires start to shoot beams at you. (But they hurt!)
From the room with the Gels and the moving block, go Right.
Hint: In order to create shortcuts from room to room, and sometimes to discover secret rooms, try bombing dungeon walls (always in the middle of the wall).
Pick up the map in your current room if you want it, and then go Up 1 screen. Kill the Stalfos carrying the key and go Up again. Defeat the Goriyas (boomerang throwers) with 3 hits each and a key will appear. Go Left. In this room, you will see a trap positioned in each corner of the room. As you would have just seen, whenever you run into the line of 2 traps, they will charge at you. The best way to get past them is to run forwards into their path to set them off, and quickly run back again before they hit you. The traps move a lot more slowly while they return to their original positions, so make your move then. This room has a passageway in the middle of a group of blocks. Run around to the far left block, and push it either up or down. Go down the passage, and get the bow. It won’t be very useful yet because you still need arrows. You can buy them from shops in the overworld for a one-off fee of 80 rupees, but each time you fire an arrow you will lose 1 rupee, so if you have no money you can’t use your arrows. Go back out of the passage and into the room.
Then go 1 screen Right, 2 Down, and 1 Right. In this room, kill all of the Goriyas and you will get the wooden boomerang, a very useful item. Continue Right. In this room, whenever you touch a wall a Wallmaster (hand) will appear. There are several in the room. Don’t get caught by one, or you will be taken back to the dungeon entrance and it would suck to have to go through it all again when you’re so close to the end! Keep away from the walls, and run forward and touch the wall to make one appear, then run back. Kill the Wallmaster (2 hits), and repeat until you are sure that no more appear, then get the key and go Up.
The Boss: The boss of Level 1 is called Aquamentus. He is a kind of dragon that shoots beams at Link, but he’s not very hard. The best thing to do is position yourself somewhere where you are between the beams. If you have a full sword; i.e. all of your hearts; you can stand where you are and shoot him. It takes 6 hits with the wooden sword to kill it, but you can also bomb him or shoot him with arrows. When Aquamentus is dead, get the heart container and go Right. Pick up the Triforce piece, and congratulations, you have passed Level 1! Piece of cake so far, right?!
Travel to Level 2
So now you have your first Triforce piece and you’re all happy. Time to collect the second. To get to Level 2, from the starting screen go East 4 screens and North 2. On this screen, there are two passages East. Take the top one. Then go East another screen, then North 1, then West 1, then North again. Go into the cave.