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  • Summary: Boasting beautiful, hand-drawn animations and a re-orchestrated soundtrack, the cult classic returns with a unique blend of exploration, action, and adventure!

    Cursed into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka-Dragon, you are in search for a cure! The only way you can return
    Boasting beautiful, hand-drawn animations and a re-orchestrated soundtrack, the cult classic returns with a unique blend of exploration, action, and adventure!

    Cursed into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka-Dragon, you are in search for a cure! The only way you can return to human form is to find the Salamander Cross, a magical item with the power to remove curses...

    With each dragon slain, the curse intensifies, transforming you into different animals! Explore large, interconnected locations populated with grumpy monsters and exotic dragons!

    Play as the games classic character, Hu-Man, or as his brand-new, long-awaited co-star Hu-Girl. You can also inhabit Lizard-Man, Mouse-Man, Piranha-Man, Lion-Man, and Hawk-Man, and use their unique abilities to uncover the lands deepest secrets.
    Enjoy 3 difficulty levels catering to players of all types, and switch from modern graphics and sound to 8-bit graphics/audio at any time - even during gameplay!
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  1. Jun 13, 2017
    85
    A product of love and devotion which may not excite a new gamer who is accustomed to today's handholding tactics and accurate gameplay mechanisms, but for those who have lived through the years of gaming "innocence" will hardly be able to hold back their tears by watching how gorgeous the game they used to love as kids has become.
  2. 70
    After nearly three decades since the original release comes Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, a worthy remake. Developer Lizardcube created an engaging universe, partly thanks to beautifully hand-drawn graphics and a fleshed out storyline. If you’re a fan of the timeless classics, this one is a worthy addition to your library: Wonder Boy stays true to its predecessor but successfully takes the title into the modern era of indie gaming.
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  1. Apr 26, 2018
    8
    I never played the classic however that doesn't matter with this version. You can actually flick between both live as you're playing! The gameI never played the classic however that doesn't matter with this version. You can actually flick between both live as you're playing! The game felt great and you can see how much effort went into it. The attention to detail is great and the way everything is hand drawn gives it that modern yet retro feel. The way previous side-scrolling classics had gone through. The story is quite simple and doesn't really hold up to many modern day games but other than that this game has everything a side-scrolling classic remake should have with genius ideas including. Definitely sets the bar high and other re-maker's of classic platformer's should take note! Expand
  2. Jun 17, 2017
    7
    This game is absolutely gorgeous. No doubt about it. Between this and Hollow Knight, the indie scene has been blessed with some beautifulThis game is absolutely gorgeous. No doubt about it. Between this and Hollow Knight, the indie scene has been blessed with some beautiful titles this year.

    But... when it comes to the gameplay, it really shows its age. Enemies dragging you along with them, invisible doors and other places with little hint about their existence (without which the game would probably be about 3 hours short), having to farm for gold, tedious character switching, boring boss battles (simple patterns and questionable collision detection). I was reminded of AM2R, where the creator kept the spirit of the game but adapted it to what one would expect from a more recent release. I think the modern mode of Wonder Boy would have benefited from something like that.

    I don't make the game sound all too exciting, do I? Well... it still is enjoyable and great to look at. And it took at least me close to 5 hours to do everything there is to do in the game. But considering that e.g. Hollow Knight is similarly gorgeous, offers vastly better gameplay, took me I think 5 times as long to finish AND is cheaper, I don't think it would be appropriate to rate this game any higher than I have. I do hope that the people who worked on the visual aspect of this (music is great too though!) will move on to work on more games with more modern gameplay.
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