(Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Wonder Boy in Monster World (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Game Profile

Monster World was a peaceful, happy place until one dark day when an army of BioMeka monsters invaded. As a young man named Shion, you've vowed to defeat the hostile foes and make the land peaceful again. You'll attack enemies with swords and spears and guard against incoming projectiles with shields and armor.

As you travel through the many different regions of Monster World, you'll talk to the townspeople, collect money to buy items, and gather a large variety of weapons and magic. The further you venture, the more powerful your weapons and equipment, including suits of armor and boots, will become.

Game Review

Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Damien McFerran

Monster World was a peaceful, happy place until one dark day when an army of BioMeka monsters invaded.

If you have played Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap on the Master System you will know exactly what to expect here. The Wonder Boy series is famed for its confusing naming conventions; to clear it up this is the last Wonder Boy game on the Megadrive to...

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User Comments (28)

ehawk

#1

ehawk said:

One of my favorite games ever! Even though the final boss on the moving floor is near impossible!

JNoodles

#2

JNoodles said:

Hmm... though it has better graphics and the such... Maybe I'll risk the 200 points less and go for Dragon's Curse. I'm not sure, obviously.

__ben

#3

ben said:

this was my favourite game by far on the megadrive I loved it. Can't wait to play it again.

TheNintendoBoy

#4

TheNintendoBoy said:

@Jonno - I'd say go for it. While Dragon's Curse lacks multiple towns and npcs, the gameplay is much smoother and more fun overall. It's also more challenging.

While the audio quality in this one isn't the best (I wouldn't call it crude though), the songs are still very good, especially later on.

__Steve

#7

Steve said:

To FunkMasterRitter:
It is the first sequel to Dragon's Trap (the Sega equivalent of Dragon's Curse).
For a complete history of Wonder Boy, its sequels and spin offs, go to http://hg101.classicgaming.gamespy.com/wonderboy/wonderboy.htm
As far as the game is concerned, I have now played it for a few hours and it is quite fun. My main gripe would be that the sword's range is way too limited, which makes the game much harder than it ought to be (still not too hard so far, though).
Not quite as good as The Dragon's Trap/Curse, but a nice follow-up and definitely worth it for fans of the former.

Lefty_Noob

#8

Lefty_Noob said:

This is what makes the VC great... I had never ever heard of this series before (despite gaming for most of my life), and picked it up because of a YouTube video. It looked great, and man, I was not disappointed. Awesome game, and if you're on the fence about it, take the plunge - it was a great deal of fun.

Now I've got to decide if I want to plunge into Dragon's Curse or not...

__leories

#9

leories said:

Simplistic visuals? me thinks not, the graphics to an extent are a reflection of the system, but the art direction for this game was great, loads of excellent character designs etc, i dont think good 2d every really ages, its testament i think that early psone games that adopted 3d visuals now look more dated than a lot of 2d classics from the snes era.

__Guilherme

#11

Guilherme said:

I played this game in its Brazilian incarnation, with the sprites changed to the characters of a Brazilian comic book.

Graphically, this game feels like many early Mega Drive games - the system could do a lot better than this. But beyond its 8-bit-ish feel (and there is nothing wrong with 8-bit, mind you), the adventure elements actually work pretty well. I think those that didn't play this game back then should give it a pass, though. They will probably find it slow and there are better games elsewhere.

And it's not like you could finish this game anyway. It's straightforward until the last boss - and then it becomes impossible.

INpixl

#12

INpixl said:

I like the light RPG-elements in this sidescrolling action game. Constantly upgrading your equipment through out the game just never gets dull if you ask me.

__peda

#13

peda said:

if you like dragon's curse, you also like wonderboy in monsterworld and vice versa. it's a great game until the last boss. i didn't manage to beat him until now...frustrating! That's not necessary though it's the last enemy. what a pity!!

BrandonG

#14

BrandonG said:

As much as I love my Nintendo Wii and everything Nintendo, I have to say that as much fun as Wonderboy in Monster World was fun, Wonder Boy in Monster Land for the Sega Master System was much better!

Villain

#15

Villain said:

@Brandon G: Then download the Turbo-grfx 16 version that is Dragon's Curse! It's the same game with minor tweaks.

And I must say to Alex Landgren, I don't completely agree. I prefer MW, cause it feels more complete. That's just me though. If you prefer speedy gameplay, you might wanna try DG.

__AJ frieson

#16

AJ frieson said:

monster world 3? you bet! i don't think most people know wonderboy in monster world is game 3 of the monster world series. or that there was a fourth one unreleased over here. i've been playing this game since i was 8 and it'd be worth 2,000 wii points. dragon's curse is also a monster world game, although i hear it was modified a tiny bit. it's still wonderboy 3 on steroids.

BrandonG

#17

BrandonG said:

@Villain: I have downloaded Dragon's Curse and I quite enjoy it. But my comment was just about this game in particular being better on the Sega Master System.

Abd I agree AJ Frieson, Dragon's Curse is just Wonderboy 3 on steroids!

Mad_Bomber

#18

Mad_Bomber said:

I cannot believe that I never played this game on my Genesis!

This is absolutely my favorite kind of game. I would have liked a bit more RPG elements included, but still... This series was obviously the inspiration at least in part for the sublime Popful Mail. (I'm a fan-boy. See my avatar)

Controls are a bit floaty and the weapons/equipment are quite basic and limited. Graphics are nice but technically unimpressive with mostly basic static sprites. Holds up well visually though considering its age.

Now, speaking of Popful Mail, can we start getting some Sega CD games on this puppy? And please don't insult us with the Super Famicom or PC Engine versions of Popful which are suck!

Villain

#19

Villain said:

@Mad Bomber: What's Popful Mail? Never heard of it. Please enlighten us?

Yep, this game is sweeter than honey. Classic platforming RPG action with sweet music and, actually, a huge influence on other classic titles such as Legend of Zelda and even the MMORPG that is Maple Story. As for Popful Mail, I've yet to be informed about that. I LOVE THIS GAME. Highly recommended.

CorbsAdmin

#22

Corbs said:

I still prefer The Dynastic Hero on the Turbografx-16 CD, but this is a solid version of the game just the same.

UltraShadow

#23

UltraShadow said:

Great graphics and sound, only problem is Wonderboy moves so slow. He moves alot faster in Dragons Curse.

Outrunner

#24

Outrunner said:

Why cant I display this game on my HDTV? I've tried the supposed solution that switches to non-interlaced mode or whatever and it doesn't work. Sort it out Nintendo! Every day it's something else...

Outrunner

#25

Outrunner said:

Well I found a solution. I had to download The Dynastic Hero... I prefer Wonder Boy but needs must...

danielhbk

#26

danielhbk said:

Hey guys, can someone please tell me how to earn points on here? I see the Wonderboy in monster world game is 800 points to download. Help!!

JTC-Pingas

#27

JTC-Pingas said:

Hmmmm. I already own the Turbo CD version of this. Would the MD version be worth a download too?

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