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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. May 26, 2017
    90
    Wonder Boy is full of wistful retro charm, and an absolutely essential purchase on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
  2. Apr 29, 2017
    85
    Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is a dream come true for all the fans of the original Master System classic, Lizard Cube gave us a new standard for how to make classic game remakes.
  3. NF Magazine
    Jun 23, 2017
    85
    This may be the most beautiful hand-drawn 2D game I've ever played, and I'd frequently stop while playing just to marvel at the mastery of how each scene was reworked. [Issue #28 – July/August 2017, p. 20]
  4. Apr 17, 2017
    80
    Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is a remarkable remake of a classic from '89, with an outsanding artistic direction and a clever re-arrangement of the original OST.
  5. Apr 23, 2017
    80
    Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is a fantastic remake that clearly shows how much the developer Lizardcube loved the original. However, as fun and well made it is, we are talking about a Master System game you can clear in a couple hours or so: it's somewhat overpriced at the moment.
  6. Apr 18, 2017
    80
    Lizardcube has both made The Dragon’s Trap more vibrant and set a fascinating standard for game remakes.
  7. May 24, 2017
    50
    Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is amusing for a few hours before it turns rather stale. The combat system is fast and sharp, but also repetitive, and because there is so little in terms of story and characters, there are few reasons to replay the game once the short adventure is over.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
  1. Apr 20, 2017
    10
    If you grew up with this or old games, you´re in home. Great visuals and music and has a retro option to play the old way, the only terribleIf you grew up with this or old games, you´re in home. Great visuals and music and has a retro option to play the old way, the only terrible thing on the old version was the slow pause option, which was thankfully fixed here, everything is smooth, Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2018
    9
    Beautiful and charming graphics, spot-on controls, and very solidly designed levels. Simply a great game.
    I've never played the original
    Beautiful and charming graphics, spot-on controls, and very solidly designed levels. Simply a great game.
    I've never played the original game, so I don't use the option to turn the graphics back to 8-bit style, but it's a fun option to have.
    Oddly the game hardest in the beginning and get progressively easier as you acquire more health and weapons/armor. You'd think it would make more sense if the game became more difficult along the way. So stick with it at the start and you'll be rewarded with a fun game.
    The only negative point for me is that some item shops are hidden and impossible to find without the use of a walkthrough.
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  3. Apr 19, 2017
    9
    Really great port of a retro game. If you look at the gaming mechanics with current standards they fall short in many ways though... I haveReally great port of a retro game. If you look at the gaming mechanics with current standards they fall short in many ways though... I have the 9 for being an almost perfect retro port. If you compare the game with new jump'n runs like Rayman Legends it would only be a 5 or 6 in my opinion. Expand
  4. May 5, 2017
    8
    Il gioco è stato riproposto ai giorni nostri con cura e la possibilità di "skippare" dalla grafica originale a 8 bit a quella attuale è unaIl gioco è stato riproposto ai giorni nostri con cura e la possibilità di "skippare" dalla grafica originale a 8 bit a quella attuale è una trovata sicuramente originale. C'è stata molta cura per confezionare questo gioco, un platform/action 2D con stile "Metroidvania", tuttavia la longevità del gioco è molto corta (4/5 ore) in proporzione al prezzo a cui viene proposto (20 Euro)...Consiglio l'acquisto, magari quando andrà in sconto...15 euro sarebbe stato un prezzo più appropriato. Expand
  5. Jun 2, 2018
    8
    Beautiful, great job remaking the game, it's a little short but it's a great game, the music and the visuals are gorgeous.
  6. Aug 16, 2017
    7
    Pretty good retro. The start was REALLY REALLY rocky and almost put me off. I would rework the beginning part. Start would score 0 / 10.Pretty good retro. The start was REALLY REALLY rocky and almost put me off. I would rework the beginning part. Start would score 0 / 10.

    Rest of the actual game is great, metroidvia game feel to it.
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  7. Apr 15, 2020
    0
    What an awful game. Mediocre controls, it's annoying that I have to go back to the beginning to switch characters, idiotic difficulty spikes. Garbage.

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