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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: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  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. Jan 3, 2019
    90
    Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is the great revival of a series that has disappeared from the scenes for too long, and the unequivocal demonstration that classic approaches and structures can find space in today's videogame landscape.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  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. Apr 18, 2019
    10
    lindo incrivel dificil jogabilidade incrivel e longo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Apr 25, 2019
    10
    This game was such a surprise. I didn't expect it to be this good.
    Unlike the previous Wonderboy titles, Monster Boy, while a sequel, is an
    This game was such a surprise. I didn't expect it to be this good.
    Unlike the previous Wonderboy titles, Monster Boy, while a sequel, is an entirely different style of game. It's more of a metroidvania RPG with puzzle platforming. The animation is superb, the combat and magic systems are intuitive and multi-layerd, and despite the cute visuals, the game is sufficiently challenging. Highly recommended.
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  4. Jul 9, 2020
    9
    What a superb retro game, i love it! Spend 60 hours and more to get the platinum trophy. Very good graphics, awesome animations, lovelyWhat a superb retro game, i love it! Spend 60 hours and more to get the platinum trophy. Very good graphics, awesome animations, lovely characters and a ton of stages / puzzles.
    The producers took so any love in this game what is full of hand animated details! LOVE IT!!!
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  5. Feb 17, 2019
    9
    Amazing, everything I loved about the first, and so much more. They've modernised the series.
  6. Jan 28, 2020
    6
    I can't say that this is a bad game but everything good in it is ruined by bad level design and terrible combat system. Bosses are mostlyI can't say that this is a bad game but everything good in it is ruined by bad level design and terrible combat system. Bosses are mostly jokes and gameplay itself isn't satisfying. It could be a good game for portable systems maybe 15 years ago, but today try to avoid this game until it has huge discount. Expand
  7. May 12, 2019
    0
    More like a $20 title instead of $40. Not recommending paying the full price on this.

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