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Europe VC Releases - 4th May

Posted by Darren Calvert

urope gets treated to a mixed bag of Megadrive games today. It's good to see some Sega loving on the VC! Not to be left out NEC manage to twist Nintendo's arm to release Shockman, the PC-Engine's answer to Megaman on the VC. It's pretty good but not a..

urope gets treated to a mixed bag of Megadrive games today. It's good to see some Sega loving on the VC! Not to be left out NEC manage to twist Nintendo's arm to release Shockman, the PC-Engine's answer to Megaman on the VC. It's pretty good but not a classic by any means.

Our top pick for this week is the excellent Wonder Boy in Monster World. Do yourself a favour and avoid the woeful Virtua Fighter 2! If you want some hot "Rock, Paper, Scissors" action you could do a lot worse than Sega's forgotton mascot Alex Kidd.

Reviews:

Wonder Boy in Monster World - Megadrive - 800 Points

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle - Megadrive - 800 Points

Virtua Fighter 2 - Megadrive - 800 Points

Shockman - TG-16 - 600 Points

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User Comments (6)

Josey_Wales

#1

Josey_Wales said:

PLEASE HELP!!!!

Which one? Dragon's Curse or Wonder Boy In Monster World?
Which one is the best out of the two and why?

Thanks! in advance for any help, very much appreciated.

JB

RMA

#2

RMA said:

Downloaded WB in MW last night - about the only one worth getting from what I see!

__ShinynewJB

#3

ShinynewJB said:

Sweet! I heard we didn't get Wonderboy. Good to hear we did, I've wanted to play this for a while. I bought Skyblazer for the SNES the other day, so when I've played through that this will be getting downloaded.

__Steve

#5

Steve said:

To JB:
The answer is... BOTH!
They are both very fun games in their own right.
Dragon's Curse is a little bit more repetitive (in the course of a "level", you will meet the same enemies over and over again, starting with one at the beginning of a "level", then two, then three, then one who jumps or shoots, two, one of which jumps or shoots, then maybe a new enemy is added to the mix,...) but is based on a great (and superbly executed) idea of being able to reach different places after being transformed (from the central village, you can go to different places, but unless you're the "right" form, you won't be able to reach the goal).
It is quite long and full of items and weapons to collect and secrets.
Wonder Boy in Monster World is a little prettier, a little longer and has its own way of limiting the places you can go at first (but here, it is by collecting items and not by changing forms that you will be able to reach more places - so, not quite as original).
The main quibble I have about this one is that the (IMHO) overly limited sword range makes the beginning harder than it ought to be (not that the range gets better with later swords, but you get used to it - or just use other weapons).
So, if you haven't played either (which seems to be the case), I would suggest that you start with Dragon's Curse, and by the time you've finished it and nothing of interest has been released on the VC in the next few weeks (except maybe Wonder Boy in Monster Land, once Sega Master System games join the ranks of the Virtual Console ;-) ), give Monster World a try. You will not be disappointed!

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