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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: 25 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  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. Jun 10, 2017
    10
    they took an already great game and made it even better. the new hand drawn graphics, new sound effects and music add to what was already athey took an already great game and made it even better. the new hand drawn graphics, new sound effects and music add to what was already a near perfect game no more having to write down annoying password either the game now auto saves by itself (although it's still there if you want to use it or enter codes.)

    they got rid of that annoying charm system so no more equipping the shiny armor just to see what is available in the store and every equip now says what stats you get as well as any special features it has!

    and to top it off they even added some new special hidden areas AND a new secret equip to find! BRAVO.
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  3. Apr 20, 2017
    9
    I played this game when it was first released on the master system back in the late 80's. I loved it. When I saw that the switch wasI played this game when it was first released on the master system back in the late 80's. I loved it. When I saw that the switch was releasing a reboot I was very excited. When I initially saw the new artstyle, I was a little worried- and told myself that I'd play it only in the original 8bit style (I thought it was awesome that this was actually an option). However, on playing it, I can see how much love and detail they have put into the new art, that I have found myself playing it mostly with the new re-booted graphics. It's actually made me slightly critical of the original graphics....what am I saying???...that is ridiculous, they are perfect. ;) Great reboot. Expand
  4. Jun 18, 2017
    8
    I've never played the original Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, so this remastered version was fun for me. The artwork and character animationsI've never played the original Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, so this remastered version was fun for me. The artwork and character animations are really great, and I'm impressed by their ability to modernize the game while keeping the gameplay exactly the same. It's a great game, but I do wish it had a bit more of a storyline or context to the main character's ultimate quest. Considering it's just a remastered version of an old game, however, it's not like they could have changed it. I suppose it's just an example of how the old style of video games don't always hold up to modern standards, even when developers modernize the graphics. I definitely still recommend buying the game if you haven't played the old version, or if you played the old version and you absolutely loved it. At $20, it's worth the price, but don't expect it to be the best game you've ever played. 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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