How do you play a classic game when you don't have the old systems and you want to avoid the trouble of {{Emulation}}?

The answer: get a re-creation.

''Zelda Classic'' is a mostly faithful [[FreewareGames freeware]] re-creation of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI''. It includes the first and [[NewGamePlus second]] quests, along with a big LevelEditor called [=ZQuest=] for making your own quests. Do not think that you are stuck with just everything from the first Legend of Zelda game: there are items implemented from [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link To The Past]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina Of Time]], and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]] to name a few; you can change the HouseRules for each individual quest as needed; and with the latest versions, you can now create your own items, enemies, and script.

You can get the game at the [[ Zelda Classic homepage]] for a stable 2.10 Windows version or the newest, currently released 2.5 version for several platforms.

'''This page is for the computer game, Zelda Classic, NOT the first Zelda game. For that, go [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI here]].'''
!!Master using Tropes and you can have these:
* AscendedGlitch: The original [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI The Legend of Zelda]] had a minor bug in Level-1 of the First Quest that caused the locked door in the entrance room to disappear if the player left and re-entered the dungeon. This is retained in the recreation of the First Quest used in Zelda Classic.
* BossInMookClothing: Some of the new enemies count. Magic Octoroks are essentially a boss fight unless you have a Mirror Shield. Mirror Wizzrobes are nigh invulnerable without their weakness.
* ClassicCheatCode: It has been expanded upon. ZELDA still works, ALPHA launches the "official" third quest, and [[spoiler:GANON]] launches the "official" fourth quest.
* DamageDiscrimination: Usually averted by quest makers, who want the bombs to hurt Link.
* DenialOfDiagonalAttack: Averted with an item that gives you the ability to slash your sword.
* EasterEgg: Entering [[spoiler:GANON]] as the file's name not only launches the "official" fourth quest, but turns the save screen red.
* FanRemake: It is a Zelda 1 remake with items ranging from the series. It includes items from VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink to VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks.
* [[BulletHell Fireball Hell]]: Levels 8 and 9 in the Third Quest.
* FreewareGames
* GameBreakingBug: Older versions used to have a Continue bug that could mess up where you spawn after you die.
* HouseRules: There are many of them.
* JumpPhysics: Gaining the Roc's Feather allows Link to jump.
* LevelEditor: and there's an Item Editor and Enemy Editor too.
* MagicMeter: It works almost similar to the magic meter from Zelda II. An upgrade to halve magic consumption, like how it was in VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast is also available.
* MatrixRainingCode: The screen saver is this.
* MookBouncer: The Windrobes[=/=]Wind Wizzrobes. Get caught in a tornado to be sent back to the start of the dungeon or cave.
* NewGamePlus: Sticking with the "official" quest line, there are now third and fourth quests as well as the second.
* NoFairCheating: Using cheats and saving in a quest brands that file with a "Used cheats" text below the time in the status screen.
* NintendoHard: Many of the custom quests can fit in this.
* PlayingWithFire: Din's Fire is available as a mostly-screen circle that burns enemies vulnerable to fire to a crisp.
* {{Retraux}}: Making a quest using the classic tileset.
* SaveGameLimits: New wrinkles for this trope. While you can hit F6 any time you want to get the traditional Continue/Save/Retry screen, there is still a limit of how many saved games you can have. In 2.50, the limit is now 15.
* StuffBlowingUp: The Super Bomb in quests it appears in, blows apart super bomb flags and [[NighInvulnerable phantom Ghinis]] and Peahats in flight. It can also deal severe damage to Link, if the "bombs hurt Link" rule is checked. Enemies can use explosions, bombs or super bombs as a weapon, including enemy Bombchus.
* TheRemake: Creator/DarkFlameWolf made the excellent [[ Origin]] quest. Now has [[VideoGame/{{Origin}} its own page]].
** [=Old-Skool/King Aquamentus=], in 2005, made a special version of 1st quest with shaded graphics and altered dungeons. He is now remaking THAT, as a "Zero Mission" Aunouma-style retelling of the first game.
* UnwinnableByMistake: If quest makers aren't careful, this can happen.

The program has also created a few games, some of which include:
* ''VideoGame/IsleOfTheWinds''
* ''{{VideoGame/Origin}}'' (not to be confused with the Electronic Arts program that [[NamesTheSame shares the same name]])
* ''VideoGame/ZeldaRandomizer''