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  • Summary: A legendary game series returns with an all-new adventure and in HD. Monster Boy is a colorful side-scrolling action adventure created in cooperation with Ryuichi Nishizawa, the creator of the famous Wonder Boy in Monster World series. Monster Boy is being created to bring back the enjoymentA legendary game series returns with an all-new adventure and in HD. Monster Boy is a colorful side-scrolling action adventure created in cooperation with Ryuichi Nishizawa, the creator of the famous Wonder Boy in Monster World series. Monster Boy is being created to bring back the enjoyment of the classic games that shine by simplicity. Exciting gameplay, upbeat music and smooth graphics. You'll need to overcome huge bosses, find hidden passages, discover powerful equipment and use all your wits and skills to remove a powerful curse. Transform into 6 different creatures, each with their own skills and abilities. Take advantage of all the unique powers to open new paths and advance in an epic story. Expand
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Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom - Official Trailer | E3 2018
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Dec 18, 2018
    95
    There's so much to love about Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. From the beautiful visuals to the variety in combat and movement, there are so many reasons to give it a try.
  2. Dec 3, 2018
    91
    Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a phenomenal game and one of the best Metroidvanias ever made. The amount of challenging fun packed into its massive and enjoyable world makes every moment of gameplay an absolute joy.
  3. Dec 28, 2018
    90
    Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom pays homage to the legacy of the Wonder Boy series by refining the solid foundations of those games and forging an excellent metroidvania.
  4. 85
    A great spiritual successor to Wonder Boy. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom does everything right and leaves you without wanting or needing it too do more.
  5. Jan 11, 2019
    85
    Game Atelier proved to be the ideal developer for modernizing fully the Wonder Boy series. The visuals are exquisitely vibrant with a very charming cartoony vibe and the metroidvania design is up with the best of the genre, thanks to a large world that is filled with secrets and opportunities to cleverly utilize every newly acquired ability.
  6. Dec 13, 2018
    85
    Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a shiny and colorful metroidvania that offers great gameplay with equipment swap and animal transformations that changes the gameplay possibilities.
  7. Dec 10, 2018
    80
    Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom not only pays faithful homage to Wonder Boy, particularly The Dragon's Trap, but by refining the solid foundations of its spiritual predecessors with modern affordances, it becomes a rich platforming adventure in its own right.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 7, 2018
    10
    A superb Metroidvania style platformer and an absolute blast for fans of Wonderboy. This was a long time coming. The devs knocked this one outA superb Metroidvania style platformer and an absolute blast for fans of Wonderboy. This was a long time coming. The devs knocked this one out of the park! Expand
  2. Jan 6, 2019
    5
    a terrific looking game absolutely ruined by annoying puzzles.

    it looks and plays great sounds great too the 1st few levels are actually
    a terrific looking game absolutely ruined by annoying puzzles.

    it looks and plays great sounds great too the 1st few levels are actually fun to do.

    than you get to areas like the volcano and it gets so frustrating and annoying. you'll start doing areas where you have to be fast and not make one mistake or your doomed. than there's lots of annoying TIME puzzles meaning you have to time moves and be fast i absolutely hate these type of puzzles if i knew these were in the game i would never of bought it!!

    also it crashed a few time and it the middle of a puzzle too. i simply cannot forgive this

    dragons trap still remains the BEST wonderboy game of all time. this doesn't come close to beating it.
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