How you doing on this game, acs? Hope you didn't give up....
acs told me he's playing the "Master's Quest" version of OoT, which means the dungeons are different, more difficult, and a little bizarre.
Hope you're sticking with it.
I think part of the appeal of the Zelda games is that they're not totally linear, there's tons of side quests to work on. If you want to gather items, heart containers, or perform favors for people instead of hacking your way right through the dungeons you can. The puzzle-filled dungeons are always fun too. And the weapons like the hookshot, bow & arrow etc. are cool to use.