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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 259 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    World of fun

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    The hand drawn art style of the game is enough for me, but this game is addicting. So much fun. Great music too.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Seriously, good game.

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    Okay, ya like Shantae? Or Metroid-vania kinda deals? You'll probably like this. Firstly, the game is gorgeous. It's got hand painted backgrounds and hand animated character art. Characters are super expressive and animated and fun. The gameplay is, well, like Shantae. You use transformations and spells to fight/platform and solve light puzzles. Now, ya might be thinking "I don't like the idea of it ripping off Shantae." Well, it doesn't. This is by the developers of Wonder Boy another game about a transforming guy or girl which was on the old Sega Master System. ANYWAY, it's quite a great game from what I've played. Great music, visuals and well, gameplay duh. So I don't sound like a visually focused review- I'll try and explain the gameplay a bit more. You go through the game gaining more and more transformations which all have their own perks and weaknesses. Pig can use magic but can't use weapons/special armor, Snake can fit through holes and climb ivy, spit acid and ram blocks, frog can use his tongue to swing across rings and also equip gear and so on. So, it all plays into how you navigate stages and sometimes solve light puzzles. I mean pretty simple stuff. Snake can swim, pig sinks, but pig can butt-stomp buttons. So, you'll swim in the water, change to pig and butt-stomp a button. Simple. Anyway, I've not beaten it so I can only say so much but having played WonderBoy all the way through and I'm several hours into this one and find it as enjoyable or more.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Like playing a cartoon

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    This modern revival of the Wonder Boy series was a nice surprise. I would like to call it a Metroidvania style game, but I think the series (and the game this one is most closely based on, Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap) pre-dates that term! In this game you switch between animal forms to use different abilities that let you unlock more of the world, with your goal being to solve the mystery at hand. The visuals are what first caught my eye, and it's like playing a cartoon. The sound is great too, and the gameplay is tight. This is not a short game either - you will be busy for a good while, especially if you're trying to collect all the equipment, songs scrolls, treasure chests, and get 100% exploration on your map. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the game gets old-school hard at times (you will die a lot), esp early on when you are not very strong and later in certain areas when you don't yet have the ideal armor. Some of the puzzles were pretty obscure too (an optional one in the main town was ridiculous) and I had to look online for some help, which I never do.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great spiritual sequel to the Monster World games

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    Owned for 10 months when reviewed.

    If you are a veteran of the 8/16-bit era, you may remember the Wonder Boy games. The series basically split, with one line going down the action-adventure route with the "Monster World" games. In particular, this game is patterned after Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap. In that game, you are cursed early on into an animal form, and slowly explore the world to remove said curse, while also picking up new animal forms along the way to help you progress. This new "Monster Boy" follows a similar progression, and while it's a slow starter, once it gets rolling (especially with the frog transformation), you won't want to put it down. Graphically, it looks quite nice. Perhaps not as nice as the remake of Dragon's Trap, but still good. The soundtrack has some outstanding tunes, with several industry veterans lending their compositions to the game, like Michiru Yamane, Yuzo Koshiro, and Motoi Sakuraba. If you want to get those old-school feels, and loved the Monster World series (or perhaps really enjoyed Zelda II back in the day), buy this game. You won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Another amazing game for Switch!

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    For those that don’t know Monster Boy is the spiritual and literal sequel for Wonder Boy. If you have played wonder boy before then you already know what is in store for you. If you haven’t then expect the following: a well designed platformer with a large somewhat open world in a similar vein of metroidvanias, beautiful hand drawn graphics and animation, more items/customization than wonder Boy, improved combat and controls compared to Wonder Boy, and a 15hr or so campaign. The game plays smooth, and controls are crisp. Easily one of my favorite releases on Switch for 2018.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good, but some frustrations!

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    Overall, this is a great game. Lots of attention to detail, charming and crisp hand drawn-esque graphics, pretty good controls, and a fair amount of content. It falls into the Metroidvania style somewhat, but it never feels like a Metroid or Castelvaina game at any point, for better or worse. The controls can be a tad finicky at times and the level design is annoying in some parts, but neither are big enough issues to knock the game down much. For the price, it's a lot of content and the goodies inside the case make it an easy game to recommend, but it's not perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic revisited

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    When I was a youngster I recall playing this game on the Sega Master System. It brings back great memories of hanging out with my grandpa and playing through this game together. This remake or reimagining if you will is beautiful with the graphical and sound updates. It has been excellent and a reliving of some great memories playing through this. If you've never played this game I'd compare it to a Zelda or Castlevania type of game, except it's lacking on puzzles, but heavy in secrets. Good luck finding them all!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Another GEM from Nintendo!

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    Fans of Wonder Boy, Owl Boy or Shantae the Half-Genie Hero will love this game for the impressive visual style and well balanced action and style. This game is considered as a modern day revival of the original Wonder Boy game and it looks fantastic on the Nintendo Switch. The music and soundtrack are amazing and levels are more challenging then you might imagine for a platform style game. Lots of collectibles to find also so the game has great replay value.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent 2D platformer

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    I wasn’t sure this game would be good, so I downloaded a free demo first, and boy am I glad I did. After playing through the demo several times, I quickly tracked down a physical copy, and hurried over to purchase it. This new game, a sequel to the remade “Wonder Boy” is every bit a top notch contender to the all the old school platformers from the 80s and 90s and a definite must own for any Switch owner. I would strongly recommend picking this one up.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun game!!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I have always enjoyed games like this and seeing this game on the switch made me have lots of fun. It’s colorful, the characters are super duper cute, and the overall story is just nice. This game can be enjoyed by all ages. It’s a little bit sad though how this game will no longer be available physically in the US. My favorite game out of all the others I enjoy playing.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful and Challenging Platformer

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    This is a great action platformer with a challenging yet rewarding level of difficulty. The game allows you to transform into various animals or monsters, each with their own abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Levels are uniquely constructed to utilize interesting dynamics in playstyle. You will have to use your monster forms' unique abilities to make it through each new level. The art style makes you feel as if you are playing an animated cartoon.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING GAME!

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    I am a fan of Wonder Boy so this game had my interest from the time it was first announced. After picking it up and playing through it, I can honestly say I enjoyed it more than Wonder Boy and it exceeded my expectations! If you are looking for a fun game that looks great and offers a challenge, then look no further. Would highly recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A Beautiful Throwback

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    While Monster Boy is a side-scrolling adventure throwback to the 16-bit era, this is by no means a short & basic game like many of those. While you attack enemies & jump to platforms, this is a lengthy 20+ hour journey with role-playing elements. And while it pays homage to that era, the graphics are by no means simplistic. Yes, they're cartoony, but they're hand-drawn & gorgeous in motion. This is one of the best games of 2018, IMO. Buy it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonder Boy made anew!

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    Even though this is going to be more of a niche title, Monster Boy is great. Anyone who loved Wonder Boy 3, either back in the day or recently through the new remake, will love this game. If you're considering this game you probably already fall into this camp, so my job is really just to assure you it's as good as you're hoping. Play it!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game and Great Story

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    Probably one of the better Switch titles out there. Played and beat as I couldn't put it down. Sadly, according to publisher this is becoming harder to find and Best Buy has it sold out. If you're a physical collector (like myself) try giving this one a look, you won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    i love hand drawn games

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    I was looking forward to picking up this I love the art style of this game I love hand-drawn games they look so much better the combat feels great this game is really funny handles extremely well fun puzzles creative fighting style I love switching out the characters for different things I highly recommend this game it's cheap and both fun I'm a physical collector so I had to get this one

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nostalgia 101

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I remember playing the wonder boy/monster boy series as a little kid and now playing this as an adult brings back such fond memories. It’s a great game with beautiful hand drawn animations and vibrant colors. The gameplay is simple yet deep and it’s fun to boot. Any platformer fan would be satisfied with this great game.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Monster boys final release

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    If you haven’t got this game get it fast this is the final release of the game and there will be no more although it cost a little more without gamers club this is probably your only chance of getting it and I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent return to form

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    Having played Wonder Boy in Monster World a lot while growing up, I was super excited to hear about Monster Boy. I was a little worried it might not turn out as good, but those fears were totally unfounded and I've been enjoying every minute of this. Perfect if you like Metroidvanias, Mega Man, or previous Wonder Boy titles.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic gaming goodness

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    I'm relatively new to the confusing Wonder Boy series, but this game is really scratching that classic gaming itch. An action RPG built on a seamless world of exploration, this game is really just tongs of fun to play. If you want something that feels classic with all the modern amenities and some gorgeous graphics check this one out!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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